Today many couples are opting to use sand ceremony sets
and vases rather than a unity candle, for many reasons. The unity sand ceremony is a beautiful way to unite you and your beau, and your families and friends as well. Many of our unique sand ceremony sets
can be personalized, are available in unique styles or vessels, can be incorporated into your color scheme, and are also great for sandy seaside weddings! These unique wedding accessories
make great ceremonial choices for the sentimental couple.
Unity ceremonies are practiced in many cultures around the world, and the unity candle ceremony is one of the most popular. The purpose of the unity candle ceremony is to unite not only the couple, but both the families from the bride and groom's side. Both the bride and groom use a taper candle to light a single pillar candle - the unity candle.
The origin of the unity sand ceremony is said to be in Hawaiian or Native American culture. Nonetheless, this symbolic ritual is still practiced in modern weddings. Some churches and ceremony sites prohibit the use of candles, which is why the sand ceremony is a great unity candle alternative. But some couples prefer to use sand ceremony vases instead, because it can be treasured throughout their marriage. A unity candle melts and is blown out, whereas a unity sand vase can be displayed in a home as a keepsake. The ceremony is usually no longer than three minutes long, and instead of lighting a candle, the bride and a groom each receive a vase with a special colored sand in each. They then simultaneously pour their sand into the larger, unity vase. The blending of the sand symbolizes the two coming together as one, and unlike a unity candle, can be kept and used as a memoir of their elopement. It is not odd for a couple to leave a little bit of sand in their vase to represent their continuous individuality, even though they now act as one.