Updated: Jun 1, 2020
The unity sand ceremony is very common for a good reason! It is a great visual representation of your marriage! It is easy to include children into the ceremony so they feel involved and included!
There are so many variations to the ceremony to fit any situation! In the image above, the couple wanted to include their mothers. They had them pour the first color to represent the foundation of love and support they provided for the couple. Some beach couples want to use the sand they said their vows on on the bottom or top of the jar. (Similar to the anniversary sand, but without the letters)
When adding a child to the ceremony, we place the child's color in the center, so they are surrounded by the love, guidance, and support of the couple!
Here is sample wording for the unity sand ceremony:
"Groom and Bride,
You have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings. I will now ask your son and daughter to join us as we begin a symbolic expression of the family union.
This beautiful ceremony is symbolized by combining these four vessels of sand
which create a lasting visual representation of the promises and intentions for your marriage. Our families lay the foundation for our being.
The blue sand represents Groom and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Please pour half of your sand.
The purple sand represents Bride, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Please pour half of your sand.
Half your sand lays the foundation of you family.
The pink sand represents Daughter and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Please pour your sand.
The green sand represents Son and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Please pour your sand.
Groom and Bride will now pour their remaining sand. Your children’s sand is in the center, just as they are the center of your world, and the visual effect layers them in your love and protection. Notice that each color holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. However, when all are blended together they create an entirely new and more extraordinary entity. You will notice that these individual colors do not cease to exist, but are now blended together, and it is this blending that is marriage and the unity of family."