A growing favorite wedding trend, the sand ceremony is a wonderful ceremony alternative. Its meaning is simple and beautiful: two becoming one. The bride and groom mix two different colors of sand into one container, thereby symbolizing their lives and hearts entwined. Once combined, it would be extremely difficult to separate the sand out again, just as the couple are so joined together for life.
The pouring of the sand can take place at any time before, after or during the wedding vows and ring exchange. Usually there’s a container each for the bride and groom with their respective sand colors inside. A third container sits empty until, after Pastor Greg has explained the ceremony and its meaning, the bride or groom pours some of her/his sand into the empty container. Their partner does the same afterwards, and then the couple pour their remaining sand together so that the two colors mix.
If you have children, they can be included in the ceremony—you can have more than three sand containers, with the sand to symbolize anything you like.
Instead of sand, you could use glitter, marbles, confetti, etc.
We sell this particular symbol. It comes with a card, explaining the symbolism. The White cord represents the bride. The Purple represents the groom. The Gold represents God. Braided together, the represent the union of the three and your decision to keep God at the center of your marriage.
You can display it on a mantle or hang it by the gold ring on the wall and frame the explanation card nearby. This is a terrific conversation piece for those who visit your home and a permanent reminder of your beautiful Hawai'i wedding.
Both the bride and groom write a love letter (or letters) to each other. You could substitute poems or music or lyrics or artwork. Choose whatever speaks to your personality and your relationship. The idea is that these are locked in a box, or sealed in a vase to be opened at a future date.
Then, maybe on a first anniversary or a tenth anniversary you will open it up and read what your spouse put in the box/vase for you. In this unity symbol you have a reminder of why you love each other and a plan to remind each other again in the future.
This beautiful, traditional symbol lends itself to indoor weddings or at least outdoor weddings with little breeze. We've found these don't tend to work well on the beach here in Hawaii.
This is a very romantic wedding ceremony that has so many creative opportunities for you to make it unique and personal to you. In it you can include your family as well, and the lit candles in a dull room will look beautiful.
The bride and groom each have a candle, and there is a third, main one between them. There are many different variations you can choose, assigning whatever symbolism is meaningful to you. Some examples include:
The bride and groom could light each other’s candles, and together they light the main one. The merging flames will show their unity and strengthened love and shared lives.
Sometimes the mothers or the father or all parents are chosen to light the individual candles for the bride and groom who then unite the two families by lighting the center unity candle.
This ceremony is very flexible, so adapt it and use whichever symbolism works best for you—you don’t even need to exile yourself to unity candles simply placed on a frame or holder.
Perhaps you could make this ceremony even more interesting by using lanterns or small flaming torches? Again, the only downside to this ceremony is if a brisk wind is blowing; it may not work very well outside.
One of the most popular flower unity ceremonies is the Rose Ceremony. Roses are a traditional symbol of love and are therefore perfect to feature in a wedding ceremony. The ceremony can also feature family members the bride and groom wish to take part.
The bride and groom each have a rose, and so does every family member they wish to take part in the ceremony. (Red roses are often used due to their color symbolism of love, and the family members can have the same color or each have a variety of colors or even a variety of flowers.)
At a chosen point in the ceremony, the bride and groom swap their roses as a first gift to each other before placing them together into a vase. Then all of the family members add their roses to the mix. Of course, you don’t have to use roses for your ceremony—use any flower that has a special meaning to you! The resulting bouquet can then be a centerpiece at the head table of the reception or in your hotel room if you are here for a destination wedding and honeymoon.
Handfasting is the joining of the bride and groom’s hands and wrists using a lei, vines, cord, rope, or ribbon tied into a knot. It’s often said that this is where we get the expression “tying the knot” from, and it often takes place at the end of the wedding ceremony as a final promise from one person to the other to bind their lives together.
The material should probably be significant to you—for example, a strip of cloth from the dress you wore for your first date with your husband-to-be. And there’s nothing to stop you incorporating jewelry or chains of flowers either. Don’t be afraid to get creative and be unique. Also think carefully about what kind of knot you wish to tie your hands into. Each can carry a different meaning, and so, symbolically, one may suit you and your partner better than the others. Some types of knots include Infinity Knots, Fisherman’s Knots, and Trinity Knots.
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