*Variations to the unity sand ceremony:
Some couples choose to to repeat Steps 1 and 2 (individually pouring sand) to create multiple sand layers before continuing onto step 3.
Some choose to include the priest in the sand ceremony to symbolize their union with their faith. The priest follows Step 2 above.
Have children? Symbolize the joining of both families by having each child pour sand into the center vase. Children follow Step 2 above.