Sand Unity Ceremony – A Modern Wedding Tradition

Sand Unity Ceremony – A Modern Wedding Tradition

A sand ceremony, or Unity sand ceremony, is a very beautiful way to declare your love for each other and further bind your marriage vows.

Typically conducted after the vows and ring exchange, a sand ceremony includes a blessing or reading spoken by the Celebrant / Officiant, along with the couple each taking turns pouring colored sand into a single glass jar, bottle or other container.

By the combining of alternating layers of colored sand, a beautiful and symbolic memento of your wedding day is created.The sand ceremony is suited to couples of all ages, and is also considered an ideal choice for couples with children, as it is a novel way to include the children in the wedding ceremony.

The sand ceremony also provides another opportunity for listening to music, and will provide some very memorable photo opportunities.

Sand Ceremony Bottles or Jars

If you would like to purchase a shaped bottle or jar for your sand ceremony from my designer range, I can supply you with your glass bottle (or jar) directly from the factory. Please see my Sand Ceremony Kits page for details.

How Much Sand Do you Need?

That’s a very good question. You want to be sure you can fill your bottle or jar right to the top. As a rule, 1.5 times the size of the bottle or jar. For example a 500ml bottle will need 750 grams of sand. I have certain colors of sand in stock at €16 kg. Colors I have in stock at the moment are: white, beige, several shades of blue, teal, green, eggplant (purple), red, orange, yellow and metallic silver.

Can We Use Beach Sand from our Favourite Beach?

If you would like to collect beach sand for use in your sand unity ceremony, it needs to be washed to remove any organic (& smelly) matter. Your beach sand must also be dried after washing and perfectly dry for your ceremony, or it simply won’t pour. It’s best to triple wash the sand in a bucket or large bowl, rinsing and washing three times. You can do this over a bath or laundry sink. Once washed, spread the sand in a glass baking dish (other kinds of baking dish may be damaged by the sand) and bake in a hot oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir through to check for any damp patches. If necessary, return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Allow sand to cool down fully before pouring into a storage container.

Sand Ceremony Example Scripts

The following are just some of the examples of how a sand ceremony can be worded. If you prefer, I can also work with you to create your own wording for your own very special Unity Sand Ceremony.

It can be time-consuming to find Unity sand ceremony examples and ideas for wording your ceremony, so I have collected some of the most popular sand ceremony scripts and wordings and provided them here for your convenience, to help get your ideas started.

The following is a selection of popular ideas and examples for your Unity sand ceremony, of course if you don’t like any of these you can always copy any parts or ideas you like and create your own script.

Sand Ceremony 1

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you will ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today.

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be 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.

Sand Ceremony 2

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 you have sealed your relationship with your vows and by the giving and receiving of rings and this is a pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives.

Today, this relationship is also symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand. One, representing you, PARTNER 1 and One Representing you PARTNER 2 and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated, our prayer for you today is that your lives together would be blended like the seven seas and may your love swirl around each other like the changing tides.

Sand Ceremony 3

Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand.

One representing you PARTNER 1 and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be and the other representing you PARTNER 2 and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be 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.

Sand Ceremony 4

Three colors of sand are layered in a vase to symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the joining of the two lives into one entity.

The sculpture begins with a layer of neutral sand to symbolize that the marriage is grounded.

The next layers are the individual colors representing the bride and groom which symbolizes that the foundation of the marriage is based on the strength of the individuals.

The final layer is the bride and groom’s colors combined to symbolize the joining of their lives as one in marriage.

Family Sand Ceremony 5

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other and honor your children as well.

Your family relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these individual containers of sand; one, representing you, PARTNER 1 and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, one representing you, PARTNER 2, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be and another container for each child.

There are children who will share in this marriage.

The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them.

We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique.

As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and bride and groom into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be.

Family Sand Ceremony 6

Four colors of sand are layered in a vase to symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the joining of the two lives into one entity.

The sculpture begins with a layer from each mother. This is to symbolize that the marriage is grounded by each of their families.

The next layers are the individual colors representing BRIDE and GROOM, which symbolizes that the foundation of the marriage is based on the strength of each other as individuals.

The final layer is PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2’s colors combined to symbolize the joining of their lives as one in marriage.

Family Sand Ceremony 7

Each of you in attendance this evening were asked to be here because you hold a special place in Groom’s and Bride’s life.

You came to honor and witness their love and commitment. PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 wanted to make each of you a tangible part of this ceremony therefore, as each of you arrived this evening and entered into this scared space you were asked to spoon a small amount of white sand into a container.

They chose white sand because of the purity of your love and support to them and their family.

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 have chosen varying shades of blue sand for themselves and for Children’s names.

Each shade of blue represents each one of them.

These blues stand for the peace and calm they feel when together. It stands for the ocean waters deep and full of mystery and beauty.

Water that sustains all of life…

Water a great conductor of energy…

Water a simple element yet it can change and adapt to any form or environment.

At this time I ask you, PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 to pour some of your sand into the container because your marriage is the foundation of your family.

Now, I ask that (Children’s names) join you in pouring their sand together with yours to create a beautiful flow of love and energy.

Lastly, I will fill the remainder of the container with more white sand.

This white sand stands for Universal Love…

A love that is eternal and never-ending.

(Family names) please hold hands.

I ask all in attendance to join me in a prayer of blessing upon this beautiful family.


Family Sand Ceremony 8

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other.

Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these individual containers of sand; one, representing you, PARTNER 1 and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, PARTNER 2, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family.

At this time, I would invite the parents of PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 to come forward. These four vials of sand represent the bride and groom and each family.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the two families into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your families be.

Family Sand Ceremony 9

Parents, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other and honor your children as well.

Your family relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these individual containers of sand; one, representing each one of you, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

There are children who will share in this marriage. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them.

We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique.

As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and groom/bride and groom/bride into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be. With this marriage, these two families are joined.

(To the kids:)

Each of you are now a resource into which, as family members, you may come to, throughout your life times, for direction, meaning, and love.

Your Parents strive to provide not only the basic needs, but a nurturing and loving environment in which each of you find the confidence to reach the highest goals of your hearts, minds, and spirits.

This is part of their vision of what your family is. Do you each accept the responsibility of being an important part in the building of this family, and to forever contribute your best efforts to maintain the closeness and strength?
If so, say, “We do.”

Oathing Stone Wedding Ceremony Tradition

The Oathing stone ceremony hails from times of old where stones were considered sacred in ancient folklore. Many stone circles and megalithic sites still exist today, denoting the significance of stones ancient Celtic lore.

It is believed by many that stones are able to store energy and even knowledge & wisdom North American Indians consider stones and crystals to be alive and having a Spirit all of their own, referring to them as “mineral beings”.

The “Oathing Stone” ceremony as an addition to a Wedding ceremony is a lovely symbolic thing to do where a stone is either passed around to the guests, who each hold the stone in turn and infuse their blessing for the happy couple and their future life together.

The stone is passed back to the Celebrant and placed onto the altar table for the remainder of the ceremony, and the couple have a lovely keepsake of their wedding day.

Another idea is the Oathing stone can instead be held up by the Celebrant and guests asked to send their love and good wishes for the happy couple into the stone.

The Oathing stone is an extra seal and symbol of the Marriage Vows which have just been spoken.

Oathing stone can also be used as part of a Vow Renewal Ceremony, or Baby naming, or any type of ceremony where the wording can be adjusted to suit the context of their use.

Oathing stones are one of my specialities, I can help you to create a beautiful stone for your ceremony which you will cherish for years to come. Your stone can be carved with a special symbol, or your Initials, or names or other special word for example a symbol in Ogham tree language.

Wonderous Weddings Decor & Floral Stylist

Wonderous Weddings Decor & Floral Stylist

At Wonderous Weddings we offer relaxed one-to-one consultations with brides. With over fifteen years experience we are able to listen to a brides ideas and turn those dreams into reality.

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Arundo Band Traditional Irish Music

Arundo Band Traditional Irish Music

For most people, the haunting sound of the Uilleann Pipes and Irish Music are synonymous.   Nothing heralds the arrival of the bride quite like the sound of the pipes.

As Ireland’s only indigenous instrument, the Uilleann Pipes bring a unique and authentic mixture of ancient Irish Culture and Tradition to your Wedding Day. This mystical sound is central to Arundó’s melodic and atmospheric music.

Arundó have been performing wedding music since 2000 and in that time, the band has played hundreds of weddings in Ireland and in the U.K. As such, the band has accrued a vast amount of experience in this area. Feel free to read some of the band’s testimonials.

Arundó also perform outside of the wedding scene – the band gigs professionally in Ireland and has toured extensively in Germany and Holland

Harpist Carys Ann Evans – Cork

Harpist Carys Ann Evans – Cork

A harpist for over 30 years, Carys has been immersed in the harp and its beauty since a really young age.

Originally from West Wales and now based in Clonakilty, West Cork, Carys travel across Ireland playing Harp, Traditional, Classical and Popular music.  Her harp song playlist includes everything from Canon in D to Coldplay! You can have a Look & Listen to my harp samples on her website.

Carys Ann Evans Harpist – Ireland performs at Wedding Ceremonies, Corporate Events, Private Functions and Cruise Ships.  Let the magic, elegance and beauty of the harp make your event that something special!