The sand ceremony has become very popular over the years because it is a very simple thing to do and many couples have children and would like to have their child/children involved in the ceremony. During the sand ceremony you take two or more smaller vases of one color sand and pour it into a larger vase where the grains of sand combined and are unable to separate from each other. This symbolizes unity and eternity. After the ceremony it can be kept as a keepsake of your special day.
You will need:
Medium to large sized glass vase with narrow mouth
Smaller vases for each color of sand you will be using
Sand in 3 or 4 different colors
Clear wax or candle gel
Double boiler or microwave
Small circle of cloth
You begin by setting up a small table off to the side of the alter before the ceremony. Then you place the larger vase in the center of the table and arrange the smaller vases with the different colored sand in it around the larger vase. Then you may decorate the table how ever you please with rose petals, candles and/or pictures.
The ceromony can be changed any way you like to fit your style. But the typical way to go is to have a small amount of white sand already in the larger vase before the ceremony to symbolize God being the foundation of a marriage. Then the parents are asked to step forward as two couples (parents of the bride and parents of the groom) and pour their designated vase with colored sand into the larger vase. Their colors can be any color you choose. It is easier if each couple only has one vase and they pour as a couple, but if you would like each parent can have a different color.
Then comes the bride and groom, they may also pour identical colors if you would like. Many couples like to have two different colors so you can see the sand mixing together. Both the bride and groom should have their own vase, this is where if you have children they can help by each child pour their own vase in with the bride and groom. This shows that they are beginning a family together.
After the ceremony has ended, fill the larger vase with the remaining sand remembering to layer the colors. Leave about half an inch of space at the top of the vase, to allow the wax to settle. You then melt clear wax/candle wax using a double boiler or a microwave, then fill the vase with the wax until it is level with the opening. Once the wax dries, place a piece of cloth around the top and fasten with a rubber band and then tie a piece of fabric such as a piece of netting from the wedding veil or ribbon from the bouquet and tie a pretty bow around the rubber band to hide it.
As you can see it is not hard to add a special touch to your wedding, so don’t stress over things not going exactly right and have fun with it. Remember it is your day.