A very popular tradition for Florida Keys Brides is the “Sand Ceremony”. The ceremony is largely attributed to the Hawaiians who integrated the practice into their marriages for many years. The Hawaiians thought it fitting to use sand to symbolize the joining of two lives (and families) together believing “Once the sand is poured together it can never be separated–the sand becomes one–as in marriage.”
The wedding sand ceremony expresses the coming together of two people or two families into one new family. Typically, each person has different colored sand and takes turns pouring it into one clear vessel, forming a layered effect. Sometimes just the couple participates, and sometimes the couple’s children and/or parents join in with their own colored sand, adding to the layers of colors, and expressing the harmony of the entire family.