Wording for Unity Sand Ceremonies
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"Before you met, your lives were on separate roads, each going in different directions and seemingly leading to different destinations. But somewhere along the way you met, fell in love, and today you find yourselves standing together at the entrance of a new path that will forever join your once separate journeys into one.
"Before each of you there is a container of sand. Each represents the separate journeys you once were on, as well as your own sets of friends and families that once were apart. In a moment I will ask that you both blend your individual containers of sand together ... representing the coming together of your friends and family, through your marriage, into one. And as the sand is blended into one container, your once solitary journeys will now be one of companionship, as you walk a single path together into your future.
"I now ask that you blend your containers of sand together. (the sand is now poured) As the sand has blended together, your lives are now joined, your separate journeys through life are now one. Your friends and family are as one as well, for now you will share those who are in your lives and will walk hand-in-hand along the path of your marriage - united and strong as husband and wife, as inseparable as these grains of sand."
"Your union will now be symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand. Each color represents you, (names of bride and groom), and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be before this union. As your individual sands come together it reminds us that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord”. I ask now that you each take your sand and pour them into the one vase." (the sand is now poured).
While the sand is being poured, the officiant says, "(names of bride and groom), while it’s important that you both maintain your individuality, it is our hope that you will become as inseparable as these grains of sand, and always find yourselves to be one in love, commitment and joy."
"(names of bride and groom), each of these colored sands represent the different paths you have been traveling upon up to this day. As you now pour your them into this unity vase, may it symbolize the coming together of your individual lives, as well as a covenant to each other to never allow the other to walk the road of life alone again. And just as these individual sands become intertwined, So may your commitment be to one another, never to be divided."
"Love is the eternal force of life.
Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage.
But although you will be sharing one life, never forget you are two separate people.
Cherish and affirm your differences.
Love each other.
Keep your commitment primary.
Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow.
Grow sometimes together, sometimes separately.
"To symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the joining of two lives into one entity, 3 colors of sand will now be layered into a base." (the bride, groom and minister each take their vases of sand)
"We begin with a layer of Neutral Sand which symbolizes that the marriage is grounded. (minister pours sand)
"Then we layer the individual colors. This symbolizes that the marriage is based on the strength of the individuals.
(bride and groom pour take turns pouring some of their sand)
"And now we combine the colors, which symbolizes two lives joined as one together forever." (bride and groom simultaneously pour their remaining sand) The minister then holds up the full vase as if presenting to the wedding audience and places it to the side.
"(names of bride and groom), I invite you each to take your vessels of sand – which symbolize your lives from birth to this day when you vowed to join your seperate and individual lives into one, in the covenant of marriage. Please pour your individual sand together into the center vase of unity, which represents the beginning of your lives together as husband and wife. And just as these grains of sand become inseparable, may your union be the same."
"(names of bride and groom), you have just sealed (or, in a few moments you will seal) your relationship by the exchange of vows. This alliance is a pledge between two people who publicly agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The sand in this vessel (bride's name) represents and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will become. This sand, (groom's name) represents all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will become. As you two pour your sand into this vessel, they will create a unique design symbolizing the uniqueness of your marriage. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into individual containers, so may your marriage be.
"(names of bride and groom), these vessels of sand symbolize your individual spirits, as well as your families. As these containers of sand are poured into this vase, the different colors will join together to form something quite beautiful. (the bride and groom pour their sand)
While the sand is being poured, the officiant says "Just as these grains of sand can never be separated, so too may it symbolize the permanence and commitment of your union."
"Marriage is the most sacred covenant that can be made between two people. It is a gift from God-the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. To symbolize this coming together I ask that the two of you please take your vessels of sand and pour them together."
As the sand is poured, the officiant says, "(names of bride and groom), as your sands come together into one, so may it always be a reminder of the day that the two of you became one; hand in hand, heart to heart, flesh to flesh and soul to soul. And just as the grains of sand can never be separated, may the two of you be intertwined together in love for the rest of your lives"