Looking for a unique way to personalize your wedding ceremony? Think about using sand in your wedding. A sand wedding ceremony uses two vessels of sand; one for the bride and one for the groom which are poured together into a keepsake container or released into the wind symbolizing the coming together of two separate lives.
This is unique wedding idea is commonly done at beach weddings or outdoor wedding ceremonies. Although I have seen it performed at indoor ceremonies, it seems that the unity candle is preferred over sand in these weddings. Most ceremonial officiates who conduct the symbolic sand ritual have vows or a prayer that is spoken as the bride and groom combine the sand. Sometimes, couples will choose to use two different colors of sand; possibly colors used in the wedding décor. Other times I have seen different shades of natural color used, such as white sand and a darker hue maybe from a black sand beach. These wedding ceremonies are truly touching in how the vows go hand-in-hand with the combination of sand.
The blending of the sand is a dramatic effect in demonstrating how their lives will become one. The sand that each one holds represents each person’s life. The glass container which is derived of sand itself represents the two lives coming together as one. Using the different colored sand helps to make this representation more visible. This is such a neat keepsake too! You can set it on your mantle next to wedding photos for everyone to see.
A twist to the sand wedding practice is to have each set of parents pour sand into a larger glass vessel leaving a little for the bride and groom who then pour the rest of the sand into the vessel. As the bride and groom pour their sand as they repeat vows or as the wedding officiant recites a prayer.
Although this is one of many unique wedding ideas couples use to personalize their wedding ceremony, it is probably one of the simplest yet dramatic wedding accessories available. Consider using this sand wedding custom in your wedding.