The sand ceremony is a ritual that involves several people,
primarily the couple renewing their vows and either a close
friend or family member (or several friends or family members).
The idea of this ritual is to place a large glass container,
bowl or vase at a point central during the ceremony, so that
your guests can witness the process. The persons involved in
the sand ceremony will then each take smaller vases, filled
with a variety of coloured sand (each smaller vase will have
a single coloured sand only).
Each person will then take it in turns at pouring their coloured
sand into the large central vase or container. The idea is,
that the persons pouring the sand will fluctuate their pouring
to allow others (with different coloured sand) to contribute
to the pouring.
As the central vase is slowly filled with sand, you will notice
distinct layers and colours. These layers and colours not only
represent the contribution that each person has made to the
central vase, but symbolises each persons intended contribution
and support for the couple (and their ongoing relationship)
renewing their vows.
Warming of the Rings Ceremony
This ceremonial ritual involves both the couple renewing their
vows, and often either close family members or guests.
The idea of this ritual, is to pass the rings (that will be
exchange by the couple), to either family members or guests
(or both). As the rings are received by each family member or
guest, there is a pause whilst the person receiving the ring
holds it close to their heart. During this pause, the ring is
filled with the warmth and love of the incumbent, and then passed
on to the next person, and son on.
When the rings are finally returned to the couple renewing
their vows, the rings are filled with the warm wishes and hopes
of any persons involved in the ritual.
Hand Fasting Ceremony
Butterfly or Dove Release
Unity Candle Ceremony