What is a sand ceremony

Sand ceremony?

A sand ceremony is a type of unity ceremony growing in popularity.  Unity ceremonies are rituals or actions typically (but not necessarily) taken after vows are shared, but before rings are exchanged.  They symbolize the unification of you and your partner, and commonly in today’s society, unification of two families blending into one.

Where did this come from?

The exact origins of the sand ceremony will likely never be known (or agreed on). The mixing of different coloured sands together, to create a permanent mixture symbolising love and unity can be found in many cultural practices, from all around the modern and ancient world. Its roots can be traced back to the oldest days of human civilisation.

What does a sand ceremony involve?

At its simplest, a sand ceremony involves you and your partner taking turns pouring two different coloured sands (one for each of you) into a clear vessel, forming a layered effect. If either of you have children, its also symbolic to include them in the ceremony, taking a turn to pour in their own colour of sand.

Why include a sand ceremony?

A sand ceremony can be a deeply personal and meaningful addition to your wedding ceremony.  You will be left with a beautiful keepsake from the day, which will always be remembered as the symbolisation of the unity commitment made on the day.  A sand ceremony is also a (typically) unexpected moment for your guests to witness, they will be expecting all of the standard vows, ring exchange and kiss.  If other family members are involved, it is a beautiful representation of two families coming together.

What you'll need for a sand ceremony

You will need:

  • A different colour of sand for each person participating. The amount you’ll need depends on the size of the vase you’re trying to fill. You can find coloured sand at most craft stores or have a search on Google in your local area. Some craft stores sell the sand and vessels as a kit.
  • A pouring tube or vase for each person, filled with their sand. Make sure that it has a narrow enough opening that it will pour cleanly, especially if you are involving children.
  • An empty central clear vase or jar. Make sure it’s something that you’ll want to display in your home after the wedding. It should be large, but not so large that there’s a lot of space after the sand ceremony. Practice with some sand from the beach, but make sure its really dry sand!
  • A lid for the vase, or maybe some cotton balls to pop on top for the ride home so it doesn’t spill.