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Family Sand Ceremony

(This ceremony is a great alternative to the Unity Candle Ceremony, which is difficult for outside ceremonies).

The Sand Ceremony can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to your vows.  Find the containers (clear glass cylinders or bud-type vases), one each for the bride and groom and all participants. Then find a larger clear container that everyone will pour the sand into (this should be a container that you will keep and is nice if it can be sealed). The minister will hold this larger container. You can purchase colored or plain sand at most craft stores- purchase a different color sand for each participant (not the minister).  As the minister reads the following text, the participants will simultaneously pour their sand into the minister’s container.

Minister:  Scott and Ann, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving or rings and made promises that unite you as a family.  You have pledged your commitment to each other and also to Logan and Madison. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship, which you have committed to here today.

Scott and Ann, you have promised to share the rest of your lives with each other.  You both have also promised to guide and nurture, to respect and love, to listen to, and to work together, as a family with Logan and Matthew.  Today, this relationship is symbolized through the poring of these four individual containers of sand, representing each of you, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.  As these containers of sand are poured into the large container (which the minister is holding) 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 lives be now reflected as one family.
OBX Wedding Ceremony Officiants

Photo by Lisa A. Griggs

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