Planning a Sand Ceremony


Sand Ceremony

A sand ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize the unity of your marriage. It also creates a colorful keepsake with sand in a decorative vase. If you are searching for unique and meaningful rituals to add to your ceremony, you might consider a sand ceremony.


Performing a Sand Ceremony


You will plan your sand ceremony with your wedding officiant. A vase is usually setup prior to the ceremony or placed on a table by the officiant during the ceremony. The bride and groom hold a small vase filled with colored sand. The color of the sand is usually selected to match the wedding colors. The method of combining the sand differs. The bride and groom usually pour the sand into a larger vase at the same time, mixing the colored sand. An alternative method allows the groom to begin pouring a small layer, followed by the bride pouring a small layer, and alternating layers of colored sand until the vase is full. Different methods will create a different artistic effect.


Making Things Meaningful


The goal is always to make the ceremony more meaningful. Wedding trends suggest that rituals have become more important for couples, especially when planning a commitment ceremony. A commitment ceremony is a ceremony without a marriage license. It brings family and friends together to witness the couple pledge their commitment to their relationship and declare promises to one another. The differences between a commitment ceremony and wedding ceremony do not diminish or increase the value of the relationship. However, this type of ceremony relies solely on the rituals. Whether you are planning a commitment ceremony or will be applying for a marriage license, you might consider a sand ceremony to make the moment more meaningful.


Sample Script


Like this sand, _______ and _______ combine as one and join their separate lives together. The two vases of sand symbolize their separate lives. This larger vase represents the new life they will create together. As these two containers of sand are combined, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one in a new life. Just as nothing can ever separate the grains of sand, so will your marriage be.

Sand Ceremony Checklist


If you are considering a sand ceremony, there is a small checklist of items to bring with you to the wedding venue. You will need colored sand. Couples generally try to match the color of the sand with the wedding colors. You will need a medium to large vase to hold the combined sand. This will be a keepsake. It is a good idea to select a decorative vase or jar that can be topped later with a lid or decorative cover. Some couples choose to have the vase customized with a monogram or personalize the vase with etching. The bride and groom will also need their own pouring vase at the sand ceremony to be filled with their colored sand. You will also need a small decorative table to perform the sand ceremony.

Crystal Ballroom North Tampa

Crystal Ballroom North Tampa


If you are searching for unique ways to make your ceremony special, plan a sand ceremony with Crystal Ballroom North Tampa. Crystal Ballroom is an all-inclusive wedding venue with professional designers and planners that are dedicated to creating your unique wedding ceremony with all of the wedding rituals and customs that are important to you. Meet the designers, and plan all of the traditions and décor. The fairy tale is made possible by the all-inclusive concept that bundles the furnishings, venue, services and designs into an affordable package. Host your dream ceremony and reception at an elegant wedding venue that is designed just for you. Contact an event advisor for a complimentary VIP tour and customization consultation.

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