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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Blending of the Sands with a “New” Twist! – The Forever Frame!

frame3The “Blending of the Sands” ceremony (often called the Unity Sand Ceremony) can be a beautiful and meaningful alternative to the ” Unity Candle” ceremony. Like a Unity candle the pouring of two different colored sands together is used to symbolize the joining of the bride and groom or the joining of their families.

The “Blending of the Sands” concept was originally created by Geneene L. Thornton in 1993 and was used primarily for beach weddings in the San Diego area. The problem with the Unity Candle, especially on the beach, is the least puff of wind and the candles usually blow out.

Like a Unity candle, the symbolism for the Blending of the Sands is similar. The pouring of several different colored sands together is used to symbolize the joining of the wife and husband on their wedding day. This ceremony is usually added toward the end of the wedding ceremony.

foreverframelogoThe NEWEST in Blending of the Sand Ceremony vessels for your wedding is the Forever Frame! Their unique, patented design prevents the sand from mixing to ensure lasting memories. Use our frame to keep your memories flawless… forever.

• Sealed sand chamber prevents sand from escaping
• Keeper Plate® included to lock sand in place during transport
• Removable rear glass allows picture to be changed without disturbing the sand design
• Offered in Black, White & Cherry Stain

framebeachCouples who choose to include a Blending of the Sand Ceremony in their wedding can create a lasting memory that melds the symbolism of the ceremony with a physical reminder of their special day… forever.

Children from previous marriages can be blended together by including them in the “engagement” photo and having them choose their own color of sand for the ceremony. If you are including children, obtain several extra vials with different colored sand for each child. See the Blending the Sands Ceremony #2. We customize this part of the wedding ceremony to include the names of the children.

If your wedding ceremony is being performed on a beach (e.g., Rocky Point, Mexico), have the minister scoop up a little sand from the beach with a sea shell and pour it into the Forever Frame to symbolize the building of the foundation of the relationship and to give you a momento directly from the beach where your ceremony words were spoken.

foreverFrameThe “Blending of the Sands” ceremony is a popular and tangible way to capture the celebration that is the joining of two lives. By using our unique and beautiful frame for your unity sand ceremony, you’ll create a lasting reminder of the ceremony.

The last words of the ceremony usually say, “Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into their individual containers, so will your marriage (and your family) be, blended together.”

LoveNote. . . “Jerry and I are doing great. I have thought of you often, with fondness, of how you helped make our wedding so wonderful. I have placed our beautiful container of sand on a shelf at the entrance to our kitchen. Almost every person who attended our wedding comments about our ceremony when they see it. Others who come to our house ask about it and when I explain what it is, they say they wish they had something like that for their ceremony! (they should have called you!!) I cherish having such a unique memento from our wedding.” – Lisa & Jerry Fletcher (Fletcher’s Tire & Auto Service, Greater Phoenix area) – View the Fletcher Photo Gallery

To contact Bill & Elaine Kendall (Owners) @ Forever Frames, click here!

BONUS Article: The Blending of the Sands Ceremony

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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  1. […] BONUS Article: The Blending of the Sands with a “New” Twist! – The Forever Frame! […]


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  2. […] and groom. How do you commemorate that without just sticking it up on the mantle? Get a “Forever Frame,” a special frame that can hold your favorite wedding photo within the sand that symbolizes […]


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  3. Please could you let me know the quantity of sand for the photo frame, obviously I wouldn’t want to cover any of the picture going in the frame so just the amount in grammes upto where the picture fits in. Also I live in the UK, what is your delivery time?
    Many thanks


    Comment by Dany — Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 12:19 am | Reply

  4. I am a manager of a wedding event venue and had never seen this tradition until we attended a wedding in Ohio this past summer. It seemed really neat but a bit of explanation might have been nice in the bulletin or at sometime during the evening.


    Comment by Tom — Tuesday, November 16, 2010 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

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