Essential Supplies and Steps To A Perfect Wedding Sand Ceremony
The wedding sand ceremony produces a tangible symbol of the union of the bride and groom – the unity vase. The sands represent everything that the bride and groom are or will ever be. Just as the sands poured into one the unity vase can never be returned to their individual vases, so are the lives of the bride and groom are forever bound together.
Whether the unity sand ceremony will take place before or after the exchange of the wedding vows or during the wedding reception is entirely up to the couple. In addition, the rules in conducting the sand wedding ceremony are not strict so consider these steps as guidelines.
Before the ceremony, fill the smaller vases with the different colored sands. Set the smaller vases, including the central vase on a small table where the sand pouring will be performed.
The officiant starts the ceremony by pouring white colored sand into the central vase while reading a customized explanation of the ceremony’s symbolism. Afterwards, the bride and groom take turns pouring sand into the keepsake vase while reciting their vows. The amount of sand poured depends on the vow’s length.
The bride and groom may recite their vows alternately and in sections and so that the sands will form a layered effect. Once the vase is almost full, use clear wax or candle gel to seal the remaining space. This will help preserve the design you created.
Couples who consider their religion as an integral part of the union may ask the officiant to participate in the ceremony. This symbolizes the important role that the officiant or the church plays in the life of the couple.
Children of the bride and groom are encouraged to participate since their participation will be an excellent opportunity to symbolize the creation and unification of a new family.
The couple’s parents may also take part in the ceremony to show their influence and the important roles they play in providing guidance to the couple.
A keepsake vase with a lid
This is where the participants pour the sands from their individual containers. This vase will also serve as a token of the wedding day and the sand wedding ceremony that the couple may keep as a beautiful ornament.
Smaller sand ceremony vases
The number of the smaller vases depends on how many participants are included in the ceremony. Normally, two vases are needed – one for the bride and another for the groom.
Unity ceremony sand
Again, the amount of sand depends on the number of participants but in general, two pounds is enough for the event. The sands should at least be two different colors. Again, more colors can be added in proportion to the number of participants.
Wedding sand ceremony kits are now available in many online stores so you don’t need to shop for these items individually or worry about finding vases that match.
The beauty of the sand wedding ceremony lies in its simplicity so keep this in mind no matter how personalized you want the occasion to be or how many people you decide to include in the event.