The Hourglass Ritual

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is eternity. (Henry Van Dyke)

For centuries, the hourglass has been considered an enduring symbol of the passage of time. The grains of sand that relentlessly slip through the narrow channel of an hourglass, resemble our earthly existence, marking the moments of our life one at a time and collecting the memories that make our life a whole.

With this in mind, I wanted to give an alternative modern twist to the more traditional (and frankly, a bit overused) “Sand Blending Ritual”.

A special ritual to symbolize union, individuality, balance and consciousness. All precious features for a solid and happy marriage. A powerful reminder that all bad things shall pass, and that life’s challenges can be faced together, if you value & appreciate the time that you do have, as well as if you focus on everything you’ve been through already, that has shaped you as individuals and as a couple.

The two different sands poured into the hourglass – representing your separate pathways before the union in marriage, each with its own unique collection of memories and experiences – will combine more as time runs its course, with every turn, with every joy shared and every obstacle faced together, until they will become inseparable, turning into a third distinct color: the unique shade of your marriage and the sum of all your life experiences, combined together like the grains of sand in your hourglass.

A beautiful take on this, for an intercultural wedding, would be that of bringing the sands each from your native land.

If this sounds like a great idea for your wedding ceremony, give a deeper meaning to your union and frame your special moment in time, encapsulated in your own shared hourglass. Get in touch and I’ll be happy to tell you all about how it unfolds and explain the many facets of this ritual.

Photos by Marco Caruso Photographer