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Unity Sand Ceremony

Some Interesting Variations in the Unity Sand Ceremony
Some couples include their parent and grandparents in the ceremony, with each pouring from specific vessels into the main vessel. Another variation is in symbolically blending the children of the couple together.

For the last several years, it’s become more common for couples to have already been married and had children and even grandchildren with former spouses. So not only are the bride and groom being joined together, the Unity Sand Ceremony is a perfect way to symbolize blending the two separate families into one.

Pouring the Sand from the Separate Containers Into the Larger Keepsake Jar or Box
There are a few different ways to do this too. Some couples pour their individual sands into the larger container at the same time, and others pour them in alternately.

The sands can be poured before taking the vows, after the vows or even during the vows. As each individual repeats a line of the vows, he or she pours the sand, alternating until the vows have all been said.

Some Unity Sand Ceremonies have the couple emptying their individual containers completely into the larger container to symbolize the two individuals becoming one.

Other ceremonies have the couples leaving a little sand in their own containers to symbolize that even though they’re joined as one, they’re also still individuals.

Another popular part of the ceremony may be for the officiate to pour a “foundation.” He’ll pour white sand first, from a third vial before the couple pours their sand in. The officiate also pours a final amount of white sand on top to “seal” the union.

If the wedding ceremony is on the beach, there may be a seashell next to the largest container for the minister or officiate to use. The minister can scoop up some sand right from the beach and use that as the foundation and the seal for the blended sands.

Different Colors of Sand
Couples usually use different sand colors during the Unity Sand Ceremony. Many couples choose colors to match the theme of their wedding.

For instance, like in the video above, the bride used a light blue and the groom used a dark blue. The foundation and seal were poured with white sand.

Another variation is to use regular uncolored sand for the foundation and seal, with the bride pouring white sand and the groom pouring black sand.

How Many Different Jars Are There in a Unity Sand Ceremony?
Typically, you would have three or four containers: one small jar each for the bride and groom, and the larger keepsake jar that the individual sands are blended into.

If the couple is having a “foundation” and “seal” poured by the minister, the officiate will have a third smaller container.

The Keepsake Jar
The larger jar that will hold all of the blended sand can really be anything you want. You might want to think of the decor of the room where the keepsake will be displayed.

You can get a beautiful wooden shadow box or a heart-shaped glass or crystal jar. You can actually use anything you want.

And you can have the keepsake jar engraved before the ceremony with the couples’ names and wedding date.

Some couples even have their individual vials, flasks or jars engraved with their initials and the wedding date. That way the whole Unity Sand Ceremony set can be displayed together.