The origin of the Unity/Wedding Sand Ceremony is not clearly documented, however it is thought that either Hawaiians or native Americans used it. The bride and groom would each gather a handful of sand and throw them to the wind. The grains of sand would become combined and it would not been possible to separate them. This symbolised the couple becoming united in marriage. This ceremony can also involve the parents of the couple. It then represents the true unity of a family. Again it would be difficult to separate the grains of sand. Each family would be represented by a different colour sand.
The Unity candle symbolises the new relationship or family, which is being created, as distinct from the couple’s life apart. Two taper candles, representing the couple as individuals, are used to light a single center candle as a visible symbol of their commitment to each other. The flame represents the energy that is created when two people unite in one place, and can be included as powerful acknowledgment within the body of the ceremony. I can create candles to your requirements and colours. The above candles were used in a ceremony where the mother of the couple each lit a smaller candle and the couple lit their taper candles from these and then lit their own wedding candle.
A wine blending ceremony uses the same premis as the Unity Sand ceremony only the couple use wine. They choose a white and a red wine and these are blended into a ceremonial carafe. While they are blending the wine, the celebrant explains the ritual. It is a perfectly intimate moment in the ceremony for the couple. This ceremony is becoming more popular with the couples I marry.
“Love padlocks originated from the Italian novel-come-film Ho voglia de ti and has since become a worldwide tradition to resilient and everlasting love. From Paris to New York to South Korea to everywhere in between, our love lock keys are tossed in a romantic expression of an unbreakable love.” (http://www.makelovelocks.com/). The Love Locks ceremony represents true love between couples. They open a lock each and then lock them together. Some couples then throw the keys into the ocean so that they remain locked together for eternity.
Thank you Jeanette for doing a wonderful job as celebrant for our wedding in January. You gave us the freedom to have a ceremony that aligned with who we are, our values, and what was important to us. Thank you for being such a special part of a magical and memorable day that we will never forget.
Jonathan & Michelle