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.
by Andrea Fowler

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. 

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. 

  1. Unity Sand Ceremony With Photo Frame

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Poirier Wedding Photography
  2. Unity Sand Poured From Beach Shells

    Unity sand wedding ceremony idea with beach shells
    Rising Lotus Photography
  3. Family Unity Sand Ceremony

    Unity sand wedding ceremony idea with children
    Jewels Photography
  4. Multicolored Unity Sand

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Creatrix Photography
  5. Unity Sand Ceremony With Customized Frame

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Jeannine Marie Photography
  6. Customized Unity Ceremony Decanter

    Customized unity sand containers
    Peter Gubernat Photography + Storyteller
  7. Corked Bottles of Unity Sand

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Marie Labbancz Photography
  8. Multicultural Sand and Candle Ceremony

    Multicultural sand and candle unity wedding ceremony
    Debra Gulbus Photography
  9. Purple Colored Unity Sand Ceremony

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Christine Bentley Photography
  10. Sand Ceremony With Alternating Color Layers

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Wynonna Benson Photography
  11. Poured Into a Round Vase

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Joshua Albanese Photographer Filmmaker
  12. Tropical Colored Unity Sand

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Limelight Photography
  13. Styled With a Statement Floral Creation

    Wedding sand unity ceremony in Thailand
    Gina Smith Photography
  14. Funnel and Frame

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Derek Chad Photography
  15. Neutral-Colored Sand

    Unity sand wedding ceremony ideas
    Pure 7 Studios
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