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Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Blending of the Sands Ceremony

The “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.

tamarablendThe “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. This ceremony is usually added toward the end of the wedding ceremony.

This ceremony requires three small vials or vases, one for you and your fiancé to pour the sand into and two for each of you to pour the sand from. Each of the two vials of colored sand symbolizes the separate lives of the bride and groom and their families. The two outside vials or vases can be used later to display fresh flowers following the wedding. Some couples pour the sand from two sea shells. You can put your vase containing your combined sand on display as a constant reminder of your special day!

If your wedding ceremony is being performed on a beach, have the minister scoop up a little sand from the beach with a sea shell and pour it into the small bottle to symbolize the building of the foundation of the relationship and to give you a momento directly from the beach. (Larry’s Note: Yes, I know… you don’t build a foundation on sand! Let’s not get picky, picky! ūüėČ )

ForeverFrameUse two different colored sands which you can find at most arts and crafts stores and Bridal Shops. Small glass bottles or vials are usually found there as well. A nice touch is to pour the colored sands into a small “heart-shaped” bottle. Later, you can melt some wax to seal it to hold the sand in place, then seal it with a cork or lid. Have your names and your wedding date etched in the glass bottle prior to the ceremony.

After the Wedding Officiant or Minister reads the text for the ceremony, the bride and groom pour the two containers of sand into the third container simultaneously. You may wish to leave a small amount of sand in each vial to symbolize that although you are now joined as one, you are still free to express your own individuality.

This is also a great way to include children or step-children (blended families) into the ceremony. Obtain several extra vials with a different color of sand for each child. See the Blending the Sands Ceremony #2 – for Bride, Groom and Children or we can customize this ceremony to include portions of the Blended Family Ceremony.

The combined sand makes a wonderful wedding keepsake for the bride and groom and a constant reminder of their promises on their wedding day.

BONUS Article: The Blending of the Sands with a ‚ÄúNew‚ÄĚ Twist! ‚Äď The Forever Frame!

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Copyright ¬© 2013 – Larry James. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant 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 Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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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.

‚ÄĘ Sealed sand chamber prevents sand from escaping
‚ÄĘ Keeper Plate¬ģ included to lock sand in place during transport
‚ÄĘ Removable rear glass allows picture to be changed without disturbing the sand design
‚ÄĘ 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‚Äôll 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: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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