What does a Sand Ceremony Symbolize?

A wedding sand ceremony (aka unity ceremony)  is a very simple idea that can be incredibly powerful.

The wedding sand ceremony represents the coming together of two individuals as one.  Each individual will have in hand a vase with different colored sand and will take turns pouring the sand into the center clear container, forming beautiful layers that can never again be separated and put back into the individual vases – The same is with Marriage; once you cross the threshold of single to married, it’s no longer I but rather Us.

If the couple have children, they too can be join with their vase of colored sand which will represent the blending/uniting of families.

The sand ceremony has gained popularity because the container of sand can be kept as a monument forever unlike the unity candle which at some point the flame must go out.

Here is a sample Script for a Sand Ceremony

Wedding Officiant says:

“__________________ and _________________, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”