The sand ceremony is a beautiful moment where a new family comes together. Couples often choose to include their children, whether previous children or children they have together, in the sand ceremony. However, it should be noted that the traditional sand ceremony is slightly different when including children.
Things You'll Need
- Container for Sand
- Different Colored Sand for Each Person
Throw a Sand Ceremony with Children
Decide who will participate in the ceremony. This may include the bride and groom, parents of the bride and groom, children from previous relationships, and children the couple have together already.
Purchase supplies. Choose a beautiful container that will later house the work of art that the sand will create and keep it as a memento from the wedding. You will also need a different color of sand for each person. The sand color will symbolize each person and their part in the new family.
Pour the sand into the container. The day of the wedding, each person will hold their individually colored sand and take turns pouring it into the new container. This symbolizes their old lives as separate families and the joining together in the new life as a single family.
Decide on the order of the sand granules. The order of sand is entirely up to the couple. If the parents will be involved, they they will pour their sand at the base of the container to symbolize the foundation they have given their children.
Add your sand. This is the moment for the couple of officially establish themselves as one unit as their sand intertwines with the sand of others.
Have the children add their sand. For children from a previous relationship, this is an opportunity for them to feel welcomed in the new family and their participation signals the importance of their thoughts, feelings and opinions in this enhanced family unit.
Cap off the container. However, continue pouring and mixing their sand together at the top. It should then be covered for safe keeping.
Tips & Warnings
- Purchase a container with a tight lid. Let each person choose the color they feel symbolizes them.
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