While meeting with a couple whose wedding I’ll be officiating in August, I was introduced to a new (to me) unity ritual to perform during a ceremony: the Unity Sand Ceremony. I was told that it was popular at beach weddings, and I have to confess that I haven’t had the opportunity to do many of those in the Midwest!
I like the basic concept of the ritual. It’s similar in intent to the Sharing of Wine, and has some of the feel of Lighting the Unity Candle. At any rate, I found a resource with a lot of good options for performing this ritual. I’m may have to start including some of these in the Celebrations of Commitment workbook. Here’s one of the wording options from the Calgary Wedding Source:
Bride and Groom Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #5
_______________ and ______________, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, 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 marriage be.