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Originally Posted by Christine View Post
Sand Ceremony

The Sand Ceremony is based in Native American tradition, is similar to the
Unity Candle but offers a beautiful and meaningful alternative for an
outdoor wedding. At the appropriate point in the ceremony, the couple
each takes a vial of colored sand and pours their sand into the central

Officiant says:
"( ) and ( ), you have just sealed your relationship
by the giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of a kiss, and this
covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they
will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most
beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You
have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other.
Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of two individual
containers of sand one, representing you, ( ) and all that you were,
all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing
you, ( ), and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you
will ever be. As the two containers of sand are poured into the third
container, the individual containers of sand ceased exist, but are joined
together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and
poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be."


“To symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the
joining of two lives into one entity, three colors of sand will now be
layered into a vase.â€
(Give Bride clear jar of pink sand, then Groom a clear jar of blue sand. The
Officiant has one small clear jar filled with a neutral colour sand and a
large empty jar).
“We begin with a layer of neutral sand which symbolizes that the marriage
is grounded.â€
(Officiant pours a little of the neutral sand into the jar)
“Then we layer the individual colors. This symbolizes that the marriage is
based on the strength of the individuals.â€
(Groom pours a little of the blue sand in first, followed by a little more of
the neutral sand from the Officiant. Bride then adds a little pink sand,
followed by some additional neutral sand from the Officiant).
“And now we combine the colors, which symbolizes two lives joined as one
together forever.â€
(Groom and Bride simultaneously pour their remaining sand into the large
jar until their jars are empty. The Officiant caps off the sand with the
last of the neutral sand. The Officiant then holds the large jar up as if
presenting to the wedding audience and places the jar to the side).

Children can be included in the Sand Ceremony by giving them their
own colored sand to pour in the central container.

Thanks for these posts! Have you ever come across an example of a sand ceremony where the MOB and MOG do the pouring of the sandhuh.gif

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I went to a wedding course at the church (so that we can get our marriage blessed in the church when we get back from Mexico) - they read the hand ceremony to us at the end of the day... i completely started crying (and I don't usually cry) - it was really meaningful, I loved it!!


We are doing the sand ceremony for our wedding in Mexico and we'll do the hand ceremony when we do the blessing in the church.


thanks for the wording Christine!!

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If you want to do the hand and the sand ceremony, what if you change the words up a bit and after all the hand stuff it says something like and together with these hands you will pour the sand together to symbolize blah, blah.


I think I might consider that myself because they are both very beautiful! :)

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