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Loved-up Valentine’s couples can preserve the sands of time by becoming one of the first people to book a romantic sand ceremony in Dudley at their wedding or civil partnership.

Dudley’s stunning grade II-listed register offices, Priory Hall in Dudley and the Thomas Robinson Building in Stourbridge, are launching a personalised sand ceremony service option, in a move that is believed to be the first in the country for a register office.

A growing niche trend, a sand ceremony sees the happy couple pour different coloured sand into a frame to create a keepsake to symbolise the merging of two individuals into a blended pair. Children of the couple can also take part in the ritual, showing the coming together of families.

Councillor Judy Foster, deputy leader of Dudley Council, said:

Adding the option of a sand ceremony to our wedding and civil partnership packages gives loved ones a touching reminder of the vows they made on the day.
It is a visual representation of the happy couple uniting in marriage or of two families combining into one. This romantic touch can be organised by the registrars, allowing the nearly-weds to relax and enjoy the day.”

The sand ceremony takes place after the exchange of rings. It includes a hand-made solid oak frame that is personalised with the couple’s names and date of their ceremony. It costs £95.

To see how the ceremony works, attend the Priory Hall registration office wedding open day on March 2.

For more details, contact Dudley register office on 01384 818349, or go to

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