The Unity Sand Ceremony is a lovely way to help express the bond of matrimony. It is highly symbolic, showing how two individuals are merging their lives into one. It is also visually stunning, creating a memento which stands the test of time. So how do you ensure that your unity sand ceremony is all that it should be?
First, it is important to realize that having the Sand Ceremony in your wedding requires planning and preparation. Otherwise, things may be overlooked or mistakes made. And you don’t want anything that could jeopardize the joy of your day. With the groundwork laid out ahead of time, you’re well on your way to creating a ceremony that will be every bit as beautiful as the bride.
One major inaccuracy a couple can assume without even realizing, is thinking exclusively in black and white. Often, couples choose black and white as their official wedding colors, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Such a color combination can certainly add an element of elegance to the proceedings.
The misstep comes when brides and grooms carry over the black-and-white theme to their unity sand ceremony. While black sand and white sand may look perfectly chic individually, when the couple combine the two in the final sand layer, the result is a gray speckled mess.
The result? It will detract from the beauty of the ceremony. Plus it can create a photographic nightmare. When your photographer takes a picture of the unity sand ceremony center vase, the picture’s outcome is most noteworthy for its lack of visual appeal.
If black and white are your wedding colors, your best course of action for the sand ceremony is to use black or white for either the bride’s layer or the groom’s layer – but not both shades. That way, you include at least one of your theme colors in your unity sand ceremony, creating a beautiful display that can be treasured year in and year out. In mind opinion, it’s best to stick to medium and light sand colors for the foundation layer – the first layer usually poured by the bride.
Alternatively, you could assign the second color (black or white) to another participant in your unity sand ceremony. This is a clever way to sneak in that second color – and still achieve your black-and-white theme in your sand design – without jeopardizing the aesthetics.
Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!