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Wedding Sand: A Quick Guide

The prime significance of celebrating the wedding sand ceremony is to symbolize the joining of two families together. Basic as it may seem, this ceremony is quite powerful. The couple may be the only ones to participate by holding some different coloured sand small vases and go ahead to put it into clear central vase to produce a layered effect that symbolizes unity.

The immediate family members may also put a layer of their own coloured sand in the vessel signifying harmony of the two families. The basis of this ceremony is on the unity candle which the bride and groom light together from their own flames holding same significance of showing the union of two to form one family. The effect of the wedding sand ceremony is that it creates a lasting moment to be displayed in their home and act as a remembrance of the vows that the couple made to each other. Different from the unity candle ceremony, the sand ceremony is able to be held outdoors because it is least affected by wind.

A candle may be blown off and ruin the moment for everyone. Here are some steps to help set up your wedding sand ceremony. The officiant starts by giving a short speech on the purpose of the ceremony followed by giving every present family member a vase with some coloured sand. The bride groom begins by pouring his sand into the central vase and the bride follows to form the second layer. If the other members are going to participate, they also pour their portion of coloured sand from into the central vase. It can be done the other way where the duo pours their sand last. The moment to do this ceremony is not strictly defined but the best time is probably after exchanging vows and rinds. This gives the feeling of unifying the two into one.

Where can we find this coloured sand? You are able to purchase it in most craft stores across the country or on some online platforms like you can find by asking around or doing a quick internet search. The amount of sand you need will depend on the number of people participating in the wedding sand ritual. You will need to purchase a pouring vase for participants and the clear central vase which will be filled with the coloured sand in layers to form a beautiful band. You may also need some cotton and tape to fill up the remaining space and packing in a box to allow for transport without disrupting the order of the sand colours and also to protect the glass from breaking.

You can spice up the ceremony by having both your names engraved in on the vase or you can do this yourself using glass etching cream. You may also choose to use sand picked from beaches that are special to the couple in some way. You may also have the pastor poor the first glass of coloured sand to signify God's involvement in your marriage lives in the case of a religious wedding.

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