Unity Sand Ceremony
In this image, the family are taking part in a Unity Sand Ceremony while saying their promises to each other, each colour and grain of sand can clearly be seen yet can never be separated. A beautiful representation of their family life.
Using symbolism in all types of ceremonies is becoming increasingly popular as couples begin to create their own family customs or resurrect old traditions. Different ways of thinking mean that more and more of you are not afraid to let your own unique style shine through. Many of you are choosing Celebrant led ceremonies that blend something of your own character with tradition, celebrating those special moments in your own style by including symbolic elements that make your ceremony personal and memorable. Symbolism can be used to express your uniqueness, bringing something new and exciting to the ceremony or to pay homage to age old traditions.
Where can symbolism be included?
The easy answer to this is any ceremony or service at all! the choice is entirely yours. Perhaps you are holding a ceremony to name or welcome a new born child or children that you have adopted into your circle of family and friends? Are you getting married? Renewing your vows? Blessing your union? Remembering lost loved ones? The list is endless. Whatever your reasons, including special elements that make your ceremony or service unique brings another dimension and richness to the celebration or service. You may have heard about the more popular symbolic ceremonies such as hand fasting, unity candles and sand ceremonies. In all honesty anything at all can be symbolic of your values, beliefs and traditions which opens up a whole world of opportunities to create a ceremony that is not only personal but is completely different to any other because it will be crafted around your unique personality or the personality of your child or lost loved one.
Want to know more?
I will be blogging regularly on many different types of ceremony so be sure to come back and have a look. You can also leave a comment or ask a question below and I will be more than happy to blog your requests.
Liz Thompson is a Family Celebrant based in Manchester in the UK and working across the North West of England, Liz creates unique and personal ceremonies and services for life events such as Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Baby naming, Vow Renewal and many more.