Post # 1
question #1: Since we’re not having our wedding in a church, we decided that we’re going to have a sand ceremony. I wanted to see if anyone had any creative ideas of where to get the glasses and sand, etc. I was thinking of going to IKEA for cheap glasses but still trying to find a glass container that has a tight lid so we can keep the blended sand.
question #2: Also, we’re considering change the ‘sand’ and using rice (broken rice) and pasta (orzo or another mini pasta) b/c of our heritage – I’m chinese and he’s italian. I thought it would be more meaningful to blend our culture rather than using sand. Is this tacky or creative?? Thoughts?? I want to run this by my bees before talking to my officiant about it and see if he’s willing to do it.
Post # 3
#1: Ikea is my first place to check out for pretty (and cheap!) glass containers! Also check out places that sell nice glass – like Pottery Barn, Mikasa, or even discount stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx in the homeware section. It may take some sorting through stuff, but there are a lot of great options to find pieces that work well. Just make sure that the top is large enough that you can both easily pour the sand or rice into the central vessel, and bring a bit of aluminum foil or rubber bands to make sure that you can get the central vessel closed nice and tight after the ceremony!
#2: Totally creative! The sand ceremony ISN’T about the physical sand – it’s about the two individuals coming together in a creative way. I think using rice and a baby pasta (little pastina are stars, how cute would that be!) would be a great way to honor your heritage, and your officiant can explain the meaning behind your choices, too. I don’t know if it’s possible, but it would be nice to use colored pieces for one of them – either finding the tricolor pasta, or using a brown rice with one of the normal colored pieces would be great!
My fiance and I are considering doing a salt and pepper unity ceremony (just like a sand ceremony, but with salt and pepper being poured instead). I love when my couples think outside of the box and really fit the rituals to them – it’s a great way to really personalize your wedding ceremony!!
Post # 4
That’s a really creative idea to use the rice and pasta…..I don’t think u have to use broken rice, regular rice (or jasmine rice!! yum!!)is small enough, and about the same size as orzo…..u guys should eat it afterwards so that it will forever be a part of u!!! Sorry I love rice and orzo LOL
Post # 5
What a creative idea, I love the idea of you guys using different rice to blend together! Check save-on-crafts.com too for cheap vases. Ikea would be a good place, along with Big Lots, Target, Pottery Barn, etc
Post # 6
We got our jars off ebay. We found an antique jar with a lid for all th sand to go in and antique milk bottles for the sand to go in. The milk bottles came from the state where each of us grew up. 🙂
I think the pasta and rice is such a neat idea!
Post # 7
We have two vases we have picked out so far as our sand container… we got tall skinny glass cylinder vases from the dollar tree to pour from
Honestly If you like the sort of thing hit up consigment shops we got a really pretty glass jar with a lid on it similar to bigger ones you see used on candy buffets for $2
We also found a vase with a H etched on it with no lid though for about $10 ….
I have heard of people sealing the top off with candle wax so i am gonna look into that some more
Post # 8
I love the rice/pasta idea 🙂 I also second the idea of dying either the rice or pasta to so a bit of difference between the two…
Post # 9
thanks for everyones feedback and suggestion. My FI will be happy to hear all the positive feedback with using rice/pasta vs sand b/c it was his idea and I wasn’t sold until now!
For the ladies that have their containers and want to post some pics, that would be great too! 🙂