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Blending of the Sands Ceremony

Blending of the Sands

The "Blending of the Sands" ceremony can be a beautiful and meaningful alternative to the " Unity Candle" ceremony. Like a Unity candle the pouring of two different colored sands together is used to symbolize the joining of the bride and groom or the joining of their families. Sand from the desert, a favorite beach or vacation spot also works.

This ceremony requires three small vials or vases, one for you and your fiancé to pour the sand into and two for each of you to pour the sand from. Each of the two vials of colored sand symbolizes the separate lives of the bride and groom and their families. The two outside vials or vases can be used later to display fresh flowers following the wedding. Some couples pour the sand from two sea shells. You can put your vase containing your combined sand on display as a constant reminder of your special day!

If your wedding ceremony is being performed on a beach, have the minister scoop up a little sand from the beach with a sea shell and pour it into the small bottle to symbolize the building of the foundation of the relationship and to give you a momento directly from the beach.

Blending of the Sands Use two different colored sands which you can find at most arts and crafts stores. Small glass bottles or vials are usually found there as well. A nice touch is to pour the colored sands into a small "heart-shaped" bottle. Later, you can melt some wax to seal it to hold the sand in place, then seal it with a cork or lid. Have your names and your wedding date etched in the glass bottle prior to the ceremony.

After the minister reads the text below (or any text you choose), the bride and groom pour the two containers of sand into the third container simultaneously. You may wish to leave a small amount of sand in each vial to symbolize that although you are now joined as one, you are still free to express your own individuality.

If you are including children in the ceremony, obtain several extra vials with different colored sand for each child. See the Blending the Sands Ceremony #2 - Bride, Groom and Children below or we can customize this ceremony to include portions of the Blended Family Ceremony.

The combined sand makes a wonderful wedding keepsake for the bride and groom and a constant reminder of their promises on their wedding day.
Blending of the Sands

LoveNote. . . "Jerry and I are doing great. I have thought of you often, with fondness, of how you helped make our wedding so wonderful. I have placed our beautiful container of sand on a shelf at the entrance to our kitchen. Almost every person who attended our wedding comments about our ceremony when they see it. Others who come to our house ask about it and when I explain what it is, they say they wish they had something like that for their ceremony! (they should have called you!!) I cherish having such a unique memento from our wedding." - Lisa Fletcher
View the Fletcher Photo Gallery

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Blending the Sands Ceremony #1 - Bride and Groom

Minister:  (If you use two sea shells to pour the sand) _________ and _________, may your love always be as constant as the never-ending waves, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Just as there will never be a morning without the ocean's flow, may there never be a day without your love for each other.

The Blending of the Sands Minister:  (If your ceremony is on a beach, provide another sea shell for the Minister) - I will now pour some of the sand from this beautiful beach into this bottle to represent the foundation of your love relationship and to provide a memento of the sandy beach where your wedding vows were spoken.

. . . if not:

Minister:  _________ and _________, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other.

Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.
Blending of the Sands

Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary love relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.

The Bride and Groom pick up the containers of sand

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the bride and groom into one.

The life that each of you have experienced until now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.

Ligning the license
Tamara & Mark Merrill's "Blending of the Sands" Ceremony
Photo by Bert Hustad - Visit the Merrill Photo Gallery

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Blending the Sands Ceremony #2 - Bride, Groom and Children

Minister:  _________ and _________, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other and honor your children as well. family relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be and another container for each child.

There are children who will share in this marriage. _________ will now come forward to help us with the Blending of the Sands. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family.

Blending of the Sand
An example of using sand in the Blending of the Family ceremony (with lots of kids!).
You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the children and bride and groom into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be.

For a list of books that might be helpful as you begin your blended family, click here!

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Blending the Sands Ceremony #3 - Bride, Groom and Parents

Minister:  _________ and _________, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other. Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these individual containers of sand; one, representing you, _________ and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, _________, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one family.

At this time, I would invite the parents of _________ and _________ to come forward. These four vials of sand represent the bride and groom and each family.

You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the two families into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your families be.

Read: Blending of the Sands Ceremony, an article by Larry James!

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Here is something NEW and completely different for your "Blending of the Sands" ceremony.

Forever Frame example
This Forever Frame is perfect for a "beach theme" wedding!

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Heirloom Hourglass photo Heirloom Hourglass. Another option for the Blending of the Sands Ceremony.

To order or for more information, click here!

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The Blending of the Sands concept was originally created by Geneene L. Thornton, Owner, Waterfront Weddings by Celebrations EVENT Planning in San Diego, CA in 1993.

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