(Before the Mothers are seated at the beginning of the ceremony they come up to the table with the sand and vases. Each Mother pours the sand from the outer vase, symbolizing their family, into the vases that the bride and groom will use. - OR - Only two individual vases are at the table, already filled with sand, representing the bride and groom.)

You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. You come here today from two separate families and from this day forward, you begin a new family together. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these individual containers of sand.

One representing each of you, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will be.

As these containers of sand are poured into the large 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.

(Couple comes to the table, picks up their vase and pours them together into the large vase)

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