The Wedding Sand Ceremony; Also Known as the Unity Sand Ceremony
The Wedding Sand Ceremony by Susanna Stefanachi Macomb, Author of the book Joining Hands and Hearts, Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations (A Practical Guide for Couples)
Readings for Sand Ceremonies
In a lovely twist on tradition, some of my couples, after they had scooped up sand from the beach and poured it into a bottle, ask me to read an Apache Wedding Prayer - an example of a selection of readings for unity sand ceremonies. I recite the blessing and then place it into the bottle. They then cork the bottle and throw it out into the ocean with everyone cheering in the background. That indicates the end of the sand ceremony.
Our bride and groom have chosen An Apache Prayer for their final blessing:
I then slip the written Apache Blessing into the bottle, they cork it and throw it into the ocean.
For other ceremonies I have placed words of William Blake into the bottle.
“(Bride) and (Groom) you lives are now joined in the most sacred and joyous of unions. We pray that your life be blessed. In the immortal words of the poet mystic William Blake, together may you...
"See a world in a grain of sand
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Sand Ceremony Vows
I personally dislike the idea of couples saying vows as they pour the sand. I much prefer them holding each other’s hands and looking into each other’s eyes. However, many couples like the idea of reciting vows to one another (and with the children) while pouring the sand so following are a couple of samples of sand ceremony vows.
“(Bride) and (Groom), you have just committed yourselves to one another through sacred vows. Your lives are no longer two, but one. To symbolize this joining, we ask that you each pour some sand into this bottle. (Each scoops some sand from the beach and pours it into the bottle. )”
Officiant: (Name) and (Name) as you pour your sand into the one container, please repeat after me: “As these grains of sand merge together as one, I merge my life with yours. Please take my love throughout the sands of time. My heart is forever in your keeping.
Officiant: (Name) and (Name) as these grains of sand are joined together, so are your hearts, your bodies and your souls in marriage. Please repeat after me: (Here the nuptial pair may add whatever vows they wish….)
“My beloved (Name) as these grains of sand are joined together, so are our hearts, our bodies and our souls. I offer myself as your husband/wife forever.”