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Groom and Bride, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of vows. 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 your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, Groom and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, Bride, 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 are you now joined together.
The sand ceremony represents leaving your two separate lives and joining to make one life together. Your separate lives are symbolized by two vases of sand, in different colors. To grow a relationship requires more than just two people. It requires the love, support and encouragement of family members, extended family and friends. I now ask (names of parents, and/or children) to pour their individual vases of sand into Groom and Bride's vases as the foundation for this marriage. (Each family will have different colored sand). Bride and Groom will now pour their individual vases into the one larger vase. Bride and Groom you have just performed your first ritual as a deeply committed couple. Your newly formed union and the union of your two families, is represented by this intertwined pattern of sand you have created. Just as you could no longer separate the newly formed pattern into individual grains, so are you now joined together. This symbol is a keepsake of your wedding day and reminds you that from this moment on, you are one family, anchored in love.