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The Importance of Ceremonial Sand in a Marriage Ceremony

People are currently doing sand ceremony wedding instead of the cliche unity candle ceremony. This component of a wedding ceremony has become popular for beach weddings, particularly in the last couple of decades.

What Does the Sand in a Unity Sand Ceremony Symbolize?

Typically, the grains of sand are all symbolic of being immeasurable and timeless like the couples’ love for one another.

Pouring the Sand from the Separate Containers into the Larger Keepsake Jar or Box

There are a couple of different methods to do this. Some couples may choose to pour their individual sand into the larger container together while others separately.

The other option would be to choose between pouring the ceremonial sand before, during or after reading their vows. Despite what they choose, they have to pour the sand into the larger keepsake jar until they have read all of the vows.

Some Unity Sand Ceremonies have the couple draining all of the sand from their containers into the larger one to signify the two individuals becoming one.

Others might not require the couple to empty their containers completely of the ceremonial sand to symbolize that they are still individuals despite being enjoined in marriage.

If the wedding service is on the beach, there might be a sea shell next to the larger jar that the minister can use to scoop some sand right from the beach to use as a seal for the mixed sand the couple has already poured onto the larger jar.

Different Colours of Sand

Marrying couples have the option of deciding on the various ceremonial sand colours they would want for their unity sand wedding. It is advisable they look for colours that blend with their wedding theme.

Couple can choose regular uncoloured sand for the foundation and seal, with the bride pouring white sand and the groom black sand.

How Many Different Jars Are There in a Unity Sand Ceremony?

Usually, three or four jars are required for this marriage ceremony. The bride and groom should each have one small jar that they will use to pour their sand onto the larger keepsake jar where they will be blended.

If the couple is using a foundation and seal poured by the minister officiating the marriage ceremony, then a third smaller container will be required.

Some Tips for a Perfect Unity Sand Ceremony

If you’re looking for the jars to hold the ceremonial sand, make sure they are big enough to avoid any spillage. This will save you the trouble of buying a fennel to avoid this mess.

It is important to rehearse before the Unity Sand Ceremony. This will ensure everybody participating is aware of when to pour the ceremonial sand and is also prepared for the whole occasion.

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