Although a wedding sand ceremony, also known as a unity sand ceremony, is not a new idea, it has increased in popularity in recent years as couples move away from traditional rituals such as the unity candle ceremony.

The origins of the ceremony are unclear, but it is thought that it was started either by Hawaiians or Native Americans, and that it symbolises the inseparable nature of marriage. Originally, the bride and groom would each have simply picked up a handful of sand and thrown it into the wind. The grains of sand would have become combined, and would have been impossible to separate, symbolising the couple coming together in marriage.

The modern wedding sand ceremony can be a real focal point for Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies, often taking place just after the couple have been pronounced husband and wife. It signifies their first task together as a married couple.