The wedding sand ceremony is a beautiful spin on the unity candle and salt covenant rituals.
The origins of the wedding sand ceremony are unclear. Some believe it was started either by Hawaiians or Native Americans and that it symbolised the inseparable nature of marriage.
Some say it is representative of the old Hebrew tradition, the Salt Covenant that was used to seal friendships, agreements, and contracts and was a seal of truce and peace.
In the Jewish culture, salt was used and was a symbolic bond between husband and wife. It was also used to celebrate an adoption into the family.
The wedding sand ceremony is also an alternative ritual to the unity candle ceremony and started around the late 1980s. As weddings were starting to move outdoors the wedding sand ceremony was created. This was largely due to the unity candle ceremony not working in an outside location as the wind would continually put out the candle flame.
No matter where you feel the wedding sand ceremony originated in each the ritual sympolised the coming together of two people. They also all symbolised that once mixed, the sand or salt could not be separated, making the transaction final and everlasting.