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Unity Sand Ceremony Sets

Updated on January 9, 2013
Personalized Unity Sand Ceremony Vase Set
Personalized Unity Sand Ceremony Vase Set

Ideal for Outdoor Weddings

A perfect blend of trend and tradition, unity sand ceremonies are a great alternative to symbolize the joining of two people in marriage.

Unity sand ceremonies, a unique and modern twist to the unity candle ceremony, are a beautiful new addition to many beach and outdoor weddings.

Although romantic, candle ceremonies are just unrealistic when you're having an outside ceremony because of unforeseen weather conditions. Wind can cause the candles to blow out before even having the chance to be united.

Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set
Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set

Sand Ceremony Sets

There are several styles of sand ceremony sets available online, usually being very basic to suit anyone's style. If you prefer something more unique, buying individual vases may be a better choice for you.

What You Need:

  • 1 Large Keepsake Vase
  • 2 Small Vases
  • 2 Different Colors of Sand

Additional vases and sands may be purchased for blended families.

Unity Sand Ceremony Set with Corks
Unity Sand Ceremony Set with Corks

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Engraving Your Vase:

As you can probably already tell, sand ceremony vases are usually made of glass. This makes it possible for you to have them engraved with your names, initials, or wedding date. Couples tend to only monogram the large keepsake vase and leave the 2 smaller vases as is.

When ordering your set online, most times, you'll be offered the engraving for an extra cost. If the website does not have this feature, don't worry! You can take your plain vase to any specialty gift store like, "Things Remembered," and have them engrave it for a small fee.

Engraving also allows the couple to choose a fun font that suits their tastes, whether it's a modern script or an elegant cursive. I would definitely recommend paying for the engraving, because you run the risk of regret. Once your vase is filled with sand, there's no going back.

Choosing Sand Color:

Both the Bride and Groom have individual vases filled with their choice of colored sand. During the ceremony, the couple will take turns, pouring their colored sand in the unity vase. This combination of both colors symbolizes their union in marriage.

Picking your colors can be a fun process. If you're not sure what colors you should pick, here are a few ways you can determine what sand colors to pick:

  1. Coordinate your sand colors with the main colors in your wedding.
  2. Use colors to match the d├ęcor in your home. It is going in your home, after all.
  3. The Bride and Groom can choose their favorite colors. (Albeit, they're different from each other.)


For planning sake, you should make sure you have something going on in the background while you and your soon-to-be are pouring your sand. Need some ideas? No problem, I got them!

  1. Music: Have the DJ fade in your favorite love song.
  2. Singing: Perhaps a friend or relative might be up for the challenge.
  3. Poetry: Have someone special read a lovely poem or sentiment.

Sand Ceremony Example

This is a short video from an absolutely gorgeous beach wedding that decided to do away with the unity candles to do a beautiful sand ceremony.

As you can see, the bride and groom have included their son in the sand pouring, a beautiful addition for couples who have children. For situations like this, find a set with 3 or more pouring vases.

Our Wedding

Even though we had been to several weddings prior, I had never seen a unity sand ceremony. When it came time to plan my own wedding, I learned about sand ceremonies and thought it would be perfect for us!

My husband and I got married a few years ago on a beautiful, sunny day in Florida. Our wedding was right off the water, an absolutely gorgeous scene. In the middle of the wedding ceremony, our minister moved us over to a separate that had our vases set up.

After a few words, we had one of our favorite songs play while we poured our sand, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," by Iz. It's Hawaiian beat was paired perfectly with the view, looking over the Gulf of Mexico.

Immediately after the ceremony, all our guests were talking about the sand ceremony, how beautiful it was, how they had never seen that before. It was so memorable for us and our guests that we still hear about it from time to time.

For anyone who may be considering doing a sand ceremony, I think that both my husband and I would highly recommend it. Hopefully you'll love yours just as much as we did ours! Let me be the first to say congratulations and best of luck!

~ Laura


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      Rex M. Tubbs 7 years ago

      I like the idea children for second marriages can be involved in the ceremony. The Children pour some sand in the bottom and then the couple pour their sand on top. This symbolizes the whole family marrying.