A number of bridal couples want the best of both worlds: timeless tradition mixed with a modern spark. For some, the tradition may come in the form of classic attire; for others, the only tradition to be seen is the wedding cake. When it comes to modern touches, options run the gamut: from avant-garde music to clothing that consists of the latest runway finds.
The beauty of the sand ceremony lies in the fact that the ceremony itself combines both the old and the new – the ceremony may be reminiscent of the traditional unity candle ceremony, but with a decidedly modern twist. Although couples are encouraged to make the unity sand ceremony their “own,” there are certain slips that should be avoided in order to guarantee success. Some of these mishaps are relatively minor, but others can create major problems which can potentially ruin the symbolism of the ceremony.
One of the biggest mistakes brides and grooms can make is the manner in which they fill the center vase with unity sand. The artistry of the ceremony needs to be respected in order to be appreciated. This means the bride and groom should not pour their unity sand into the center vase simultaneously, without pouring in individual layers prior to that. This is foundationally important. The loveliness of the ceremony lies in expressing both the couple’s individuality and their unity.
In other words, the bride and groom need to express their individuality first – through their distinct individual layers of sand. And then sealing their union through the final joint layer.
By following the right design when performing your unity sand ceremony, you will create a beautiful memento – while maintaining the symbolism that it should convey. If you’re still unsure about how to design your sand layers based on your number of participants, my book Sand, Sound & Soul: The Complete Guide to the Unity Sand Ceremony will get you up to speed with 17 different sand pouring sequences.
Don’t risk forgetting the individual layers when pouring sand for your unity sand ceremony. If necessary, practice the pouring process ahead of time in order to avoid this nerves-driven mistake. You want your ceremony to be flawless. Some advanced planning on your part will ensure that it will be so. After all, a joyful ceremony is the springboard for a happy marriage!