Unity Sand Ceremony…

Sometimes couples wish to do a Unity Sand Ceremony at their wedding.  This is particularly popular at beach locations or any outdoor setting where unity candles are subject to being extinguished.

From time to time, I’m asked what words can or should be said during the ceremony.  Here is a text that I have sometimes for the Sand Ceremony at beach weddings….

Unity Sand

 <Bride and Groom>, may your love always be as constant as the never-ending waves, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Just as the waters touch and nourish the many shores of the earth, may your love be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Just as there will never be a day without the ocean’s flow, so may there never be a day without your love for each other.

 You have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings. This beautiful union is symbolized through the combining of these two individual containers of sand. The first one represents you, Murielle, in all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other represents you, Stanton, in all that you were, all that you are and all that you will ever be.

 Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without need of anything else. However when these two are blended together they create an entirely new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.

 Please pour the sand into this common container to symbolize the union of your two lives. This container of sand now represents your new life together, although you are two separate people your lives are now entwined as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart, one love, one life.

 The life that each of you experienced now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one.

 (<Bride and Groom>  pour Sand as music plays)

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