Wedding Imagery Is a Sand Ceremony

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the sand ceremony, it’s meant to represent separate lives coming together as one. Bride and Groom, today you join your lives together. The separate bottles of sand represent your lives before today. Each grain of sand not only represents every memory and experience you’ve had individually, but also represent your combined experiences going forward for many years to come.

(Tell Bride and Groom to blend sand now) As these two containers of sand are combined, the individual containers of sand no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand aren’t easily separated and poured again into their individual containers, so will your marriage be.” and then ask your couple to return to their spots.

There are at least 16 different pieces of imagery to choose from. The most common are the sand ceremony, unity candle, and letter box or wine box. Other pieces of imagery include wine or champagne sharing, presentation of flowers to female VIPs, the blessing tree, butterfly or dove release, parental vows to children from previous relationships in a newly blended family, presentation of gifts to those kids, tying the knot, hand fasting, Irish bell of truce, stone blessing, signing the marriage license during the ceremony, and stomping the glass for Jewish couples.

Ceremonies that don’t incorporate some piece of imagery are often too short and lack the same interest as ceremonies that use some sort of imagery. It’s a great way to keep guest’s attention and is a great way to get guests involved.Often times people are invited up to participate. For example, moms are usually invited up to light their children’s individual candles before the couple then lights the unity candle. Immediate family is usually invited up to put letters into the couple’s letter box. One of their dads is often asked to present the couple with their bell, if they’ve chosen to incorporate the Irish Bell of Truce