A wedding sand ceremony is one of the sweetest things that two lovers could perform during their wedding. While it hasn’t found consistent representation in mainstream media such as movies and television, it won’t be long before it becomes a staple at weddings. It is a cute and sweet option that can add another level of intimacy and meaning to a marriage, the way a unity candle ceremony could. Let’s all admit it – at the end of the day, what meaning a couple gives to the marriage can make or break it. After all, without the meaning and spirit behind it, a marriage is just a piece of legal paper.
This up and coming marriage rite’s origins are spotty at best, but it doesn’t take anything away from this unique ceremony. In fact, this lack of setting can make it applicable anywhere, and useable for a couple in any region or religion. Essentially, the bride and the groom both pour sand into a vessel to symbolize and represent the fact that their lives are coming together as every one as the grains of sand become indistinguishable from one another.
Like the unity candle ceremony, a wedding sand ceremony can come in different flavors. One of the simpler methods of implementing it starts by positioning a table or a stand near the stage or the altar where the vows will take place.
The receptacle or vase wherein the sand will be poured into is placed on that stand. For the curious, there are places out there where you can order customized and engraved vases. Presentation is everything as the mood can enhance an already amazing ritual.
The vase itself can have something in it, to put a twist in the wedding sand ceremony. For the religious, a distinct color of sand could already be in the vase. This distinct sand could represent the god or their beliefs as a solid foundation or as the heart of the marriage. The colors that the couples use in the wedding sand ceremony depends on what the couple wants to emphasize. If the bride and groom in the marriage decide to use the same color, this could easily represent the unity of their lives. This is quite similar the way a ring often represents eternity due to its shape.
Other couples decide to use different colors for their wedding sand ceremony. Their unity is still emphasized in this case, though their indivuality is added to the presentation and the equation. Still other couples want to have their parents or best men/women in the ritual, where they pour in their own sand as well. Usually the couple pour in their sand last or pour in a significantly larger amount than the rest.
Whatever method you end up choosing, this rite can easily make an already memorable wedding into a simply spectacular one. Make sure that if you do choose a vessel for this ritual, it’s the one that you really want and the one that truly speaks to you on a personal level. A wedding sand ceremony vase could easily become the centerpiece of a home filled with love and commitment.