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SAND CEREMONY

Wording Used for the Unity Sand Ceremony

Bride and Groom Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #1

(Name) and (name), just as these grains of sand can never be separated, our prayer for you today is that your lives together would be longer than the time it would take to separate the individual grains of sand. (Then you can simply play beautiful music as you and your beloved slowly pour!)

Bride and Groom Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #2

(Name) and (Name), you have just sealed your relationship by giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of a kiss, and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of our lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you (Bride name) and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, (Groom name), and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers f sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.

Optional to above

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be, united as one for all of your days

Bride and Groom Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #3

_______ and _______, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives.

Bride and Groom Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #4

The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, _______ and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, _______, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be, united as one for all of your days.

Bride and Groom Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #5

_______________ and ______________, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.

If children are a part of the new family, the sand ceremony can involve them also. Some families choose a different color for each member.

Bride, Groom and Children Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #1

Today, [Bride's Name] and [Groom's Name], you are making a commitment of your eternal love for one another as well as to your children [Name all Children of Bride and Groom]. As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one, as a family.

[Bride's Name] and [Groom's Name] you come here today from two different families. From these two families a new family will be created today. At this time, I would invite the parents of [Bride's Name] and [Groom's Name] to come forward. These two vials of sand represent each family. Now the parents will take their sand and simultaneously pour the sand into the unity bowl symbolizing the uniting of the two families into one.

Bride, Groom, and Officiate Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #1

Need: Large empty vase, small jar of neutral color sand for officiate, 2 large vases of 2 colors of sand one for each bride and groom)

Love is the eternal force of life. Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage. But although you will be sharing one life, never forget that you are two separate people. Cherish and affirm your differences. Love each other. Keep your commitment primary. Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow. Grow sometimes together, sometimes separately. To symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the joining of two live into one entity, 3 colors of sand will now be layered into a base

 

We begin with a layer of neutral sand which symbolizes that the marriage is grounded (officiate pours all of their neutral sand into large vase) Then we layer the individual colors. This symbolizes that the marriage is based on the strength of the individuals (Groom pours some of his sand in, followed by bride pouring about the same amount)

Officiate Speaks: And now we combine the color, which symbolized two lives joined as on together forever. (Bride and Groom put sand into large vase so that the colors combine until their jars are empty)

Beach Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #1

You need: A large vase, two smaller vases or shells filled with two different colors of sand. One for the bride and one for the groom

AS you stand beside the ocean tide, may your love always be as constant as these never-ending waves that pour near your feet, flowing endlessly from the depths f the sea; Your love came softly upon each others heart, just as the foam comes softly upon the sand, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow, so there will never be a day without love for each other. You have pledged yourselves on this day your love will be as dependable as the tide; as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant devotion nourish and sustain you until the end of time. (groom) and (bride), you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings, and this covenant is a relationship agreement between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example f this partnership is the marriage relationship. Yu have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other This relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one representing you, (bride’s name) and all tat you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, (grooms name), and all that you are were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be. Far more important then your individuality in now the reality that you are no longer two but one, never to be separated one from another. (bride and groom then pour their sands into one container)

Beach Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #2

You need: A large vase, two smaller vases or shells filled with two different colors of sand. One for the bride and one for the groom

(bride name) and (groom name) may your love always be as constant as the never-ending waves, flowing endlessly from the depths f the sea. Just as the waters touch and nourish the many shores of the earth, may your love be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow, there will never be a day without your love for each other. You have just sealed your relationship by giving and receiving of rings. This beautiful union is symbolized through the combining of these two individual shells of sand The first shell represents you , (bride’s name) and all tat you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, (grooms name), and all that you are were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character They can stand on their own and be whole, without need of anything else. However when these two are blended together they create and entirely new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. Each grain f sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. Please pour the sand into this common container to symbolize the union of your tow lives. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individually container, so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart, one live. The life that each of your experienced now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably untied, for the two shall become one.

Variations and Additions to the Unity Sand Ceremony

Adding Children to the Unity Sand Wording Ceremony #1:

You need: additional vases for the number of family members or groups you are including, as well as additional sand for each vase- color is your choice they should coordinate and can be all the same or different for each vase.

When to add: After bride and groom add combine their sand together. **don’t pour it all, save some to pour with the kids** Officiate Speaks: _______________ and ______________, today you join your lives together. These bottles of sands of various colors symbolize your individual spirits of you and that of ____'s daughter_____. Each container is unique, representing who you are. As these containers of sand are poured into a third larger container, the different colors will join together to form something quite beautiful. You are joined together today, not only in marriage, but as family. (as a group all children, bride, and groom pour their sand in together)

Adding Children to the Unity Sand Ceremony Wording Option #2:

We are all members of one family, Gods family. (this line is optional) Today as (brides name) and (grooms name) have sealed their commitment to each other with the exchange of rings they to make a commitment to their children. We recognize the significant role that (all of children’s names) play in this marriage celebrated today. They will now join (bride) and (groom) in this commitment to each other by contribution a part of each individual person into one blended family. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of this sand, each representing a member. As each individuals sand is poured into the family’s one united container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will become the bond with your family

Wording for Adding Parents or Siblings to the Unity Sand Ceremony

You need: additional vases for the number of family members or groups you are including, as well as additional sand for each vase- color is your choice they should coordinate and can be all the same or different for each vase.

When to add: After bride and groom add combine their sand together. **don’t pour it all, save some to pour with the family** Variation used the same as adding children but replace words ‘children’ with ‘family’

 

 

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HAWAIIAN CEREMONY TWO

Hawaiian Chant- Oli Aloha
 

Onaona ka hala me ka lehua,
He hale lehua no ia na ka noe,
`O ka'u no ia e `ano'i nei,
E li'a nei ho'i o ka hiki mai,
A hiki mai no `olua,
A hiki pu no me ke aloha.....
Aloha e!  Aloha e!  Aloha e!

The oli is a chant that offers a word of greeting. It says in part, "This is the sight for which I have longed. Now that you have come, love has come with you".

Aloha and Welcome!
We are gathered here today in the presence of _______ to celebrate your marriage. This day you have chosen to affirm your love for each other with spoken words, with prayer, and with the sharing of symbols.

Marriage is a commitment to life… to the best that two people can find and bring out of each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.

Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher and listener. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other brings healing and steadfastness to the sturdy foundation that allows the marriage covenant to be established upon.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, and commitment is stronger.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes that life is unable to avoid. Yet it encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences and new ways of expressing your love for each other through the seasons of life.
When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage they seem to create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written word. Marriage is a promise made in the hearts of two people who love each other, and this will take a lifetime to fulfill.

Sharing of Leis
For those of us who call Hawaii our home, the flower lei is a symbol of love. It is also a symbol of things that are fragile and temporal. Flower lei will last a day or two and then it is gone. Our lives are like the lei within the span of eternity. Therefore, live with tender consideration for each other, continue to love one another and your marriage will last. May the leis you now offer each other be recognized for the love that you have for one another.
The Hawaiians have a traditional saying, "Honi Ka Waha" kiss him/her.
Honi Ka Waha!

 

Declaration of Intention
________, Do you wish for _______, to be known as your wife/husband If so, please say, "I do".

 

_____ and _____, Do you promise to let your love for each other grow, as it will, and as it must, so that in the years to come you will renew your acceptance, your understanding and your trust of one another? If so, please say, "We promise".

 

Marriage Vows

 
(repeat after minister)
I, _______, take you ________, to be my wife/husband. I promise to love you, honor you, and cherish you. I will be your companion. I will share my strengths and my achievements. I promise to respect you and be your friend. For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live.


 

Ring Ceremony
The wedding rings are a symbol of longevity in the marriage covenant. The circle of the ring symbolizes the never-ending circle of love and commitment that you are making. Always see the best in each other, and each day that you are together, when you look at the beauty of these rings, remember the love that you have for each other, is forever.

 

(repeat after minister)
 I give this ring to you as a sign of my love. I give myself to you to be your wife/husband. From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. I feel so honored to have you as my wife/husband. I vow to love you and sustain you in the covenant of our marriage, for as long as we both shall live.

Pronouncement
We have all been witnesses to this special day, therefore, I, and those of us here with you, recognize that you have become husband and wife, and we, and all of your family and friends shall honor you as the same from this day forward.
Prayer of Blessing in Hawaiian, then Interpretation
Imau aku kaloko maika’i o ka haku o Iesu Cristo me kealoha o ke Akua a mekalauna puana o ka’uhane hemolele me ka kou apau.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of His Spirit be with you always. May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God lift up his countenance upon you and bring you peace, both now and forevermore. Amen.

Benediction
_______ and ________ remember this day here in beautiful Place, Maui, Hawaii, with joy and thanksgiving, may you love to live, and live to love.
Now therefore, by the authority given unto me as a minister of the gospel, and by the laws of the state of Hawaii, I now pronounce you, husband and wife, Will, you may kiss your bride!
It is my honor to present to you, Mr. and Mrs.______________

Rev. Dennis Clyde De Rego  Maui Wedding Officiant / Minister

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I Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


I John 4:7-19
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

We love, because He first loved us.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13
My beloved responded and said to me,
'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along.
'For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
'The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
'The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along!'

LOVE QUOTES POEMS

Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

The Prophet by Kahil Gibran

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips

 

You know you are in love
when you see the world in her eyes,
and her eyes everywhere in the world.

- David Levesque -

The Magic Of Love

Love is like magic
And it always will be.
For love still remains
Life's sweet mystery!!
Love works in ways
That are wondrous and strange
And there's nothing in life
That love cannot change!!
Love can transform
The most commonplace
Into beauty and splendor
And sweetness and grace.
Love is unselfish,
Understanding and kind,
For it sees with its heart
And not with its mind!!
Love is the answer
That everyone seeks...
Love is the language,
That every heart speaks.
Love can't be bought,
It is priceless and free,
Love, like pure magic,
Is life's sweet mystery!!

- Helen Steiner Rice -

 

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