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A Caribbean wedding normally means it is a beach wedding

If you are planning to marry with a beautiful Caribbean beach wedding you might want to include the new trend of a "Unity Sand Ceremony" as part of your wedding celebration. This symbolic act can add a bit of whimsy and uniqueness to your special day. In the Caribbean the unity sand ceremony is used instead of the unity candle. The unity sand ceremony is simple, visually appealing and leaves the bride and groom a meaningful souvenir of their big wedding day.

A sand ceremony involves a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The meaning is clear: The blending of two different beings, the bride and the groom, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage and the joining of their lives. It also symbolizes that as hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that's how difficult it is to separate the two people.

The ceremony takes place after the exchange of rings and vows and lasts just a few minutes. Three vessels which are usually glass are needed to perform the ceremony. One container will hold the bride's sand, one will hold the groom's sand, and the empty one is where the bride and groom combine their sand. Here are the steps on how to perform the unity sand ceremony:

  • The officiant explains the meaning of the ceremony and how it relates to the two people getting married.
  • The officiant invites the groom to pour a bit of his sand (let's call it blue sand) into the empty vessel.
  • The officiant invites the bride to do the same with her sand (let's say it's pink).
  • The bride and groom then pour their sands at the same time, in a single stream, into the vessel.
  • The officiant closes the ceremony with some words about the inextricable joining of their lives.

Because you are traveling back home you will want to make sure the containers you select for this service can be carried on the plane and packaged properly. If you choose glass you will want to make sure you keep the original box and packing to repack after the ceremony. You can also select high quality plastic that appears like glass as another option when you choose the container. Our Caribbean experts recommend that you look at beautiful champagne glasses for the bride and groom to use and something that contains a top or lid for the container you use to combine the sand. In the Caribbean there are so many fun and memorable ways to say I do. To learn more about Caribbean weddings on the beach or different Caribbean wedding venues, contact us today.

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