1. Hawaiian Sand Ceremony
Like the unity candle, the sand is used to symbolize the uniting of the couple. Their separate lives are symbolized by two vials of sand taken from beneath the wedding couple’s feet (if they are on the beach). After the exchange of rings, the officiant explains the meaning of the Unity Ceremony. The couple then come together, and pour into one vial, the two individual vials of sand. Their flowing together symbolizes the joining of the couple as they share their first experience of unity as a married couple. The newly formed union is represented by the intertwined pattern of sand created by the couple. This symbol is then a keepsake of your wedding day.
This unity ceremony can be extended to include children. After the couple have poured in their sand, the children can then collect sand from beneath the feet of the couple, which the children can then add to the unity container, thus including them in the newly formed family. Before they add their sand, the officiant will address the children, asking for their love, cooperation, respect and support of the new family.