What is a Sand Ceremony?
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Sand Ceremony: A Modern Take On An Ancient Wedding Ritual

A Sand Ceremony is a beautiful ritual that you might consider performing at your wedding. It is a very sweet way of telling the world that you are now married and like the blended sand you can never be separated.

The ritual is believed to be derived from a Native American ceremony where the bride and groom would each grab a fistful of sand and throw it into the wind. Their belief being that the joining of sand particles in the wind represented an inseparable joining of the couple.

The modern interpretation of the Sand Ceremony
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I think the modern take on the Ancient Sand Ceremony is quite cute:

  1. The bride and groom choose a vase into which they are going to pour coloured sand. There are lots of different style vases available from expensive custom made vases to inexpensive ones you can buy from your local homewares store.
  2. Both bride and groom each choose a different coloured sand. The colour of the sand can match the colour scheme of their wedding or the colour scheme of the room they are going to house the vase. The coloured sands each kept in their own pouring vessel. ready to be combined in the main vessel during the ceremony.
  3. The bride and groom then take turns pouring their sand into the main vase creating a beautiful layered effect.

Following the ancient symbol of the Sand Ceremony, once those sands have been blended they cannot be separated. Your vase then becomes a treasured possession to be kept in a sacred spot in your home to remind you of your special day.

Who should consider including the Sand Ceremony? 

The Sand Ceremony is especially lovely for blended families, where each member of the new family has their colour of sand e.g. If there are four children each child would have his or her own colour as well as the bride and groom making 6 different colours altogether. Each child has their turn to pour their sand into the vase. This then blends the families into one.

Are Sand Ceremony vessels easy to find?

Sand Ceremony receptacles can be purchased online, at many wedding supply stores, or you can simply make up your own depending on the theme you want to create. For example, you may have a rustic theme wedding and might want to use mason jars that you have dressed up with the colour of your bridesmaids dresses. Alternatively, you may have a beach theme and want to use glass dolphins or vases with seashell decorations (The sand ceremony can be a fantastic inclusion to a Beach Wedding – as long as the wind is blowing in the right direction of course!) The choice is totally up to you and how creative you want to be.

At the end of the day, no matter what style of vessel you may use the outcome is the same. You have performed a ritual that is special to you, partner and your family. And his little performance and has bonded you together...

...for life!

Over to you...

Are you considering including the sand ceremony in your wedding? What types of vessels will you use? What about your colour scheme? Who will participate in the ceremony? 

Tell me all about it in the comments below. I'd love to know!

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I'm an entertaining and engaging Civil Celebrant with a simple philosophy: Deliver a magical, meaningful, memorable experience for my clients and their guests. Always!

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