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15 Personal Takes On the Unity Sand Ceremony

It's one of the most traditional ways to symbolize your union, but you can still make it your own.
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by Andrea Fowler
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Other than the unity candle, the sand ceremony may be the most well-known wedding unity ceremony. It involves both partners pouring sand into a single container, symbolizing their life-long commitment and the joining of their two lives. Sometimes parents are included as well, to symbolize the blending of families. 

Grooms wearing traditional Greek Stefana crowns during wedding unity ceremony
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Even though you may have seen this ceremony a time or two before, that doesn't mean it can't be personalized to fit your style. To make it your own, consider the color of the sand, where it came from (maybe it's from a vacation spot) and the vessel that you choose to pour it into. It could be a monogrammed decanter or a special ceremony frame that has your wedding date on it. Below are some of our favorite unity sand ceremonies to inspire your own twist. 

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Unity Sand Ceremony With Photo Frame

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Poirier Wedding Photography

From: A Disney-Inspired Wedding at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando, Florida

Unity Sand Poured From Beach Shells

Unity sand wedding ceremony idea with beach shells
Rising Lotus Photography

From: A Black, White and Pink Beach Wedding at Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach, Florida

Family Unity Sand Ceremony

Unity sand wedding ceremony idea with children
Jewels Photography

From: An Outdoor Winery Wedding at Spout Spring Estates Vineyard in Blaine, Tennessee

Multicolored Unity Sand

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Creatrix Photography

From: A Beach, "Star Wars" Themed Wedding at Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe, Hawaii

Unity Sand Ceremony With Customized Frame

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Jeannine Marie Photography

From: A Fun Summer Wedding at TIES Event Center in Falcon Heights, Minnesota

Customized Unity Ceremony Decanter

Customized unity sand containers
Peter Gubernat Photography + Storyteller

From: A Destination Wedding at Azul Sensatori Resort in Cancun, Mexico

Corked Bottles of Unity Sand

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Marie Labbancz Photography

From: A Vintage Art-Deco Wedding at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Multicultural Sand and Candle Ceremony

Multicultural sand and candle unity wedding ceremony
Debra Gulbus Photography

From: An American Indian Multicultural Wedding at Terradorna in Manor, Texas

Purple Colored Unity Sand Ceremony

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Christine Bentley Photography

Sand Ceremony With Alternating Color Layers

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Wynonna Benson Photography

From: A Simple Beach Wedding at Private Residence in Destin, Florida

Poured Into a Round Vase

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Joshua Albanese Photographer Filmmaker

From: A Sophisticated, Modern Wedding at Arrowhead Golf Course in Wheaton, Illinois

Tropical Colored Unity Sand

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Limelight Photography

From: A Beach Inspired Wedding at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida

Styled With a Statement Floral Creation

Wedding sand unity ceremony in Thailand
Gina Smith Photography

From: A Destination Wedding at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand

Funnel and Frame

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Derek Chad Photography

From: A Modern Wedding at SoHo63 in Chandler, Arizona

Neutral-Colored Sand

Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
Pure 7 Studios

From: A Casual Rustic Beach Wedding at a Beach House in Destin, Florida

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