Monday, 16 April 2012

Unity Wedding Ceremony & Naming Ceremony

Are you getting married or having a naming ceremony? 

Have you ever thought about incorporating a Unity Sand Ceremony at your wedding or naming ceremony.  This is a lovely way to incorporate family members especially children from a previous/current relationship into your ceremony and its also a great keepsake of your day.


The Unity Sand Ceremony

The Unity Sand Ceremony is a novel alternative for the popular "unity candle ceremony" incorporated into many of today's weddings. The essence is to symbolize the union of "two into one". This sand version is not only beautiful and interesting but also more appropriate for an outdoor setting and if you have other members of the family you wish to incorporate ie; children. The ceremony is also an opportunity to recognize those specific individuals who have played an instrumental role in the couple’s lives. The sand ceremony can be personalized in many different ways to fit the occasion. The ceremony usually takes place whilst exchanging the couple’s vows.

After the Unity Sand Ceremony, the couple has a unique keepsake to remember their wedding day.

Sand ceremonies can also be used for a naming ceremony.

The Meaning of the Unity Sand Ceremony


The flowing sand and blending of the colours in the Unity Sand Ceremony symbolize the bringing together of two lives into one. The two sands symbolize everything that the bride and groom have been or will become in the future.
The blending of the sand represents the union not only of them but their friends and families as well. The separate sands once poured into the unity vase can never be put back into their separate vases. They are forever entwined just as the lives and loves of the bride and groom.
Some couples prefer to leave a small amount of sand in their respective container to show that even though they now function as one, they remain individuals.

There are no set rules for the ceremony, you can adapt it to suit your own needs, one couple who purchased sands from us had every guest at their wedding pour in a small amount of sand into a glass container, they chose lots of different colours, other couples have left room at the top of the container to add their honeymoon sand and even a sand colour for future children. 


There are many Unity wedding sand glass containers on the market, some can be very pricey, however if you are on a budget, many of the cheaper shops these days have lovely glass vases and containers and lots of wine and liqueurs have fancy bottles with caps too that you could use.  Make a paper funnel for small brimmed bottle tops using your wedding stationery or choose a colour to match your theme.


Wedding Vow Example

(Groom) and (Bride), you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship.
You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two containers of sand. One represents you (Groom), all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. The other, representing you (Bride), and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. 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.

For children:
“(Children’s name/s) your mother (and/or father) and (name) love you very much, and want you to know that you are and will always be a very important part of their lives. Will you please pour some sand into this glass container along with your good wishes? That would mean so much to them." (Parents then hug and kiss their children!)

The meaning of Colours and what they symbolise
Blue is a popular colour that represents both sea and sky.
  • Faith
  • Wisdom
  • Loyalty
  • Truth
  • Heaven
  • Trust
  • Friendship
Another popular colour, red is an intense and warm colour.
  • Romance
  • Love
  • Passion
  • Fire
  • Blood
  • Sensitivity
  • Sexuality
Yellow, the colour of the sun and the thing that so many people love – sunshine.
  • Happiness
  • Joy
  • Energy
  • Intellect
  • Creativity
  • Freshness
Orange is a combination of both yellow and red and therefore incorporates the passion and energy of red with the happiness and joy of yellow.
  • Adventure
  • Creativity
  • Excitement
  • Desire
  • Sexual Passion
  • Pleasure
  • Wisdom
  • Wealth
Green is the colour of nature and is a colour we see all the time – whether at the office or outside.
  • Growth
  • Harmony
  • Fertility & Vitality
  • Stability
  • Endurance
  • Hope
  • Healing & Balance
  • Peace
A common colour of a Brides’s wedding dress.
  • Purity
  • Truth
  • Innocence
  • Protection
  • Healing
  • Cleanliness
Black is a very strong colour and can have negative or positive symbolisms.
  • Despair
  • Elegance
  • Power
  • Formality
  • Sadness/mourning
Purple is a combination of blue and red and is typically associated with royalty.
  • Luxury
  • Ambition
  • Wisdom
  • Dignity
  • Creativity
  • Magic
  • Power
Pink is typically a colour associated with women
  • Appreciation and gratitude
  • Happiness
  • Admiration
  • Unconditional Love
  • Friendships
  • Compassion and Harmony
Brown is the colour of the earth.
  • Friendship
  • Homeliness
  • Concentration
  • Courage
  • Energy

Coloured Sand is ideal for use in wedding unity sand ceremonies, naming ceremonies, candle and table decor

We can supply coloured sands. All of our sands are non-toxic and supplied in sealed plastic bags.

Price List    for each individual sand colour, does not include postage please advise on your postcode and quantity required for a free shipping quote. Are you local to the Sunshine Coast? then please feel free to arrange an appointment to view our colours.

125ml  /  ½ cup                                   $3.00
250ml /  1 cup                                     $5.00
750ml/ 1kg/ approx 2 ½ cups              $9.00

Colours available:

Natural white                                    
Mixed Rainbow
Pale pink                                           
Dark pink                                                            
Pale green                  
Pale blue                   
Bright blue                 
Bright orange
Pale orange
Bright green
Red  (not a bright striking red colour)

We can also add  glitter to your sand colour to give some sparkle!

We are happy to colour match for you if you have a specific colour theme.

Please note: When purchasing your coloured sands we recommend you buy your entire required amount at the same time to ensure colour match.

Email: or telephone 0466 533 233 for orders.

Please see our other blog post on Unity Wedding Sand bottle Kits which are available to purchase

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