(Closed) sand ceremonies–do you like these? (pic heavy)

posted 4 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
1732 posts
Bumble bee

No. I think they are cheesy, overdone and create a useless  piece of sand junk. 

Post # 3
165 posts
Blushing bee


I would definitely have a sand ceremony. It might be nice to include both parents? Or maybe just use more than 2 colours to make it more fun !

Post # 5
46647 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


mtom:  The decorations on the outside will completely obscure the pattern that the couple creates during the sand ceremony.

 Containers for the sand also usually have a lid to keep the sand secure.

I do not think they are attractive at all.

Post # 6
1860 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

mtom:  I love my little glass container with our wedding sand in it, but it’s also on a much smaller scale and can be enclosed… Those are three pretty big containers that are just open at the top, doesn’t seem very practical to keep for the long haul..

Post # 7
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

While I understand the sentiment, I’m not a fan. 

Post # 8
4040 posts
Honey bee



Post # 10
40 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

Nope, but mostly for the mess and time.  They seem to take a lot longer and it’s already a full Catholic wedding and Mass.  Mess is from young kids.  Two boys.  Something will get broken in 2.7 seconds. 

Not sure we’re doing anything as it seems redundant and my family is evil so I want to banish them further.

Post # 11
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Family Farm

I personally think these and the candle ceremony are tacky. Please don’t get mad, I just really dislike them. The sand because I just can’t see it ever being useful or even that pretty. Its like something I made when I was 4 at festivals. To me they are a waste of time, money and energy. Then a waste of space after the wedding.

The candle because not once have I seen them work. The lighter won’t work. Pictures of the bride and groom holding a red lighter I would use for a grill. The candle blows out. Someone is confused and lights the wrong one. Wax everywhere.

For me it’s a no when it somes to any of the blending/unity things.

Post # 12
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think they’re tacky.  I also think the candle thing is tacky.


We didn’t have anything beyond a short message from a pastor, vows and rings at our wedding.

Post # 13
800 posts
Busy bee

mtom:  We did a sand ceremony but I think our set is prettier than those pictured and the container has a stopper. It sits in our china hutch along with our toasting flutes and cake service set. But I’ve always been a fan of the unity ceremony. We included a third color as a representation of the presence of God in our marriage as well. To each their own, but I’m glad we did one. 

Post # 14
2258 posts
Buzzing bee

ren89:  Same thoughts, here. We did one but they were simple glass with our first name initial engraved on the two smalled ones and our last name with the wedding date on the large one. No other adornment. Funny thing is, I left them at home and didnt realize it until we were at the venue over an hour away. So we did them on our anniversary and they are on our shelf along with our wedding photo and initial cake topper.

I will say I don’t particularly like any of the ones pictured as they are a bit ornate, bit to each her own! I like the idea of the sand as we didn’t want a unity candle. But then again, I’m finding out most of the things I had for our wedding are considered out-of-date and cliche, apparently. 😉

Edit: Those also look really, really full. Our sand was not nearly as much, only coming up a few inches or so. 

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Post # 15
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

mtom:  I’m not a fan of nicknacks or pointless decor so I’m not a fan but I like the symbolism.  If I was going to do a symbolic gesture I’d rather do a candle lighting ceremony.  I like the idea of two candles lighting one but still remaining lit just like two people become one but still keep their identities.  I’m also not a fan of the decorations on the jars as I feel it looks too busy and is distracting my eye away from the pattern created in the sand.

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