The sand ceremony is a ritual of marriage and perfect for a beach wedding ceremony. The couple ceremoniously pours two different colours of sand from separate containers into one special unity vase. This symbolizes their coming together as one. After the wedding you can display this in a private place and can be a great reminder of your special day.
Blessing of rings
Before the vows are exchanged, the wedding bands are passed among the guests (if larger weddings, the immediate family only) so family and friends can share their well wishes for the marriage. Once passed around, the rings are returned to the couple to proceed with the ceremony. If you are having your wedding outdoors consider having the rings attached to a string of ribbon.
This is a great ritual to incorporate into your wedding ceremony that symbolizes growth. If it won’t work logistically for the wedding, pot a tree together and then have it transferred to your backyard or home later. The tree should be almost completely planted before the ceremony, the bride and groom can place soil from two containers on top of the planting to represent the two individuals coming together as one.
The lighting of the unity candle symbolizes either the coming together of two families, or the bride and groom becoming one. Two candles are used to light one larger candle. Another way to incorporate this ritual is for each guest to light a candle and say a blessing as they enter the ceremony area. This can look beautiful at evening weddings. Consider the wind if you are having an outdoor wedding.