Unity sand song...ideas please?
the count down is on...17 days... and I am tinking ive got it all down, but no! I forgot a song for our unity sand ceremony. any ideas? we like country music and christian worship songs. we are having a violinist and a guitar play at the ceremony so something that they could play and sounds good...
also we are having worship songs played at the ceremony prior to us walking down, and The Stand, my fav worship song will be playd, what if we played the bridge and chorus again dunring the sand pouring? or should we have a new song. what do you think? ideas please??
squawk box im counting on you for suggestions ;]

Shell
Married: 06/27/2009
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Jessica
Married: 09/05/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 1:14 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thanks for posting this...I too am having trouble coming up with a Unity Sand song. I meet with my pastor tomorrow so I'll see if he has any suggestions. The only songs I can find that are not boring, but are sweet are Josh Groban's When You Say You Love Me and Leona Lewis Footprints in the Sand. They aren't very churchy though, so I am still hoping someone puts a good idea up here! Thanks!

Married: 05/30/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Do you have to have a song played? We didn't have a song played during ours. There was some spoken words at different points by our minister but no song. Just a thought.

Married: 07/25/2009
Jun 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
unbroken by tim mcgraw or a good worship song is Lord I lift your name on High. We are using the worship song

Married: 08/01/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was wondering the same thing Jenni. Im also having a sand ceremony...but I wasnt even considering a song. In fact when I read this I also said to myself, why does a song even have to be played. I think if the officiant is speaking the song will be distracting....but what do i know LOL

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Jun 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here's a few suggestions to get you started:

Contemporary Christian:

In Better Hands - Natalie Grant
Love Song - Third Day
You're Not Alone - Meredith Andrews
Love Is Here - Tenth Avenue North
Everything Glorious - David Crowder Band
How You Live [Turn Up The Music] - Point Of Grace
I Belong to You - Barlow Girls
Here With Me - Mercy Me
The Prayer - Donnie McClurkin & Yolanda Adams
I Will Be Here - Steven Curtis Chapman


Country:

Inside Your Heaven - Carrie Underwood
I Could Not Ask for More - Sara Evans
I Thought I Loved You Then - Brad Paisley
Lost in this Moment - Big & Rich
Amazed - Lonestar
When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss & Union Station

May your wedding day be filled with all of God's blessings!

Sincerely,

Susie Figueroa
Happy Crew Productions - DJ Company Specializing in Fun!
http://www.happy-crew.com

Rev. Carleen Burns

With This Ring
Jun 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Your officiant may already be saying some words to the congregation to explain what you are doing. Keep the music instrumental and low. This part isn't that long, so you may want to forgo music. It usually uses up a minute to minute and a half.

Shell
Married: 06/27/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 2:35 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
i dont think our officient will be speaking... im not sure yet..

what would be said then if something was being said?

Shell
Married: 06/27/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 2:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
i kinda think if there is nothing said or nothing playing it would be awkward silence? what are you having said?

Jessica
Married: 09/05/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 2:56 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I always thought a song was played (?), but I could be wrong. I just assumed this was in place of the unity candle, but you treat it the same in regards to song and such. One question not pertaining to song, but I have never known anyone else doing sand other than me out of my friends, how far up are you going to fill it? I haven't decided. That will also help us in choosing songs because if we fill more, can have a longer song, and vice versa.

Married: 10/05/2007
Jun 10, 2009 at 3:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We combined families, so it may or may not be what you're looking for.
Family Sand Blending Ceremony:
We are all members of one family, God’s family. Today as Bride and Groom have sealed their commitment to each other with the exchange of rings they too make a commitment to their children. We recognize the significant role that Daughter and Son play in this marriage celebrated today. They will now join Bride and Groom in this commitment to each other by contributing a part of each individual person into one blended family. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these 4 individual shells/containers of sand, each representing a member of the family in all that they were, all that that are, and all that they will ever be. As each individual’s sand is poured into the family’s one united common container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Please pour the sand into this common container to symbolize the blending of your lives. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will become the bond with your family.

Shell
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Jun 10, 2009 at 3:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
well we just have us, and 2 different colors of tan sand, his is darker, and i think he will pour alittle, then i'll pour some and back and forth then we will both pour together once the vase is half full. but i cant imagain it taking that long... but then again how long does it take to light a candle? lol

Rev. Carleen Burns

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Jessica
Married: 09/05/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 4:04 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Lol...very true about lighting the candle deal :) I am going to have a song and just hope that we time it right for the song. Our's will be partially filled b/c I am going to have his parents and my parents put in a little at the bottom, sort of "laying the foundation" for our marriage. This is going to be done at the rehearsal though because his mom doesn't get around very well so she would kill me if I tried to ask her to come up in front of everyone at the church! One thing to keep in mind is before you cork it...pound it down until it doesn't pound anymore, otherwise it will not be tight and will mix all together. In regards to the song...if you want one, have one. If not, I don't think it would be weird if the pastor talked the whole time. If he doesn't though, you're right, it could be an awkward silence. And with songs people don't always seem to notice if it took awhile or not, while silence can seem like forever. Good luck!

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Jun 10, 2009 at 4:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Well it's not religious but it sure is beachy and I love it, we are using Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" for ours. We will have our officiant speak a few words about what we are doing first, then take our time with the sand to the song and a little bit of time to ourselves to breath while the song finishes.

Shell
Married: 06/27/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
i do like the idea of having just quiet time to our selfs, my sis and my aunt both did this with their candel lighting at their weddings while the song finished up....
i will look up the song suggestions and try to figure something out.
Jun 10, 2009 at 6:51 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Either a Unity Candle or sand ceremony is really very short. However, it's lovely to have music in the background. One nice thing about having live music is that the musicians can adjust to what is being done and stop the music when the ceremony is finished. Having a reprise of The Stand would be completely appropriate. I usually play a chorus or two of "There is Love" by Paul Stookey which also works well. The timing is usually perfect. The hymn, "Bind Us Together" is also quite lovely and not too long.

Best wishes,

Margaret Sneddon, Harpist
www.margaretsneddon.com
New York, NY and the Hudson River Valley

Shell
Married: 06/27/2009
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Jun 10, 2009 at 7:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
thanks so much for your suggestions :] i will look into those

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Jun 10, 2009 at 10:57 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
This was ours but there are many versions for couples and families...
Bill, Jenni, Jon and Chris will now seal their relationship through the mixing of the sands. We begin with a layer of sand which symbolizes that the marriage is grounded (officiate pours all of the sand into the container).
Bill and Jenni today you join your separate lives together. The separate bottles of colored sand symbolize your separate lives; your lives before today. They represent all that you are and all that you will ever be as an individual. As these containers of sand are poured together, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.
(Bill and Jenni pour part of their sand into the container)
Jon and Chris are a vital part of this new family. As they add their sands, we are reminded that though we are all different people, it is our individuality which adds a unique color to the tapestry of the family. (cont)

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Jun 10, 2009 at 10:57 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The individual colors create a masterpiece of love and respect.
(Jon and Chris add part of their sand and then all four add the remainder of their sand)
Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into their individual containers, so shall the love and bond between you render you inseparable.
Jun 10, 2009 at 11:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Haha Shell! Hi! :) (I'm glad I saw this thread......it got put to the bottom and I almost didn't see it...always feel free to email me at any time personally! :) )

Ok, so you should really check out this website. I refer TONS of brides to it. It's the O'Neill Brothers, and you can even download most of the sheet music to give to your musicians.

Here's the site:
http://www.pianobrothers.com/

Browse through that site, but check out these specifically:
http://www.pianobrothers.com/music/ADayToRememberBeach/index.asp

I really like Josh Groban also. He has a ton of songs that are really good! Jon Schmidt is also another one of my faves. Check him out here:
http://www.jonschmidt.com/catalog/index.php

Feel free to email me if that doesn't help, and I can maybe come up with more ideas! :) SquawkboxSound@MSN.com
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