“Jumping the Broom” is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, either at the ceremony or at the reception, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as wife and husband. The most important thing is its significance:
- Honoring and respect of your ancestors, their legacy, and your rich family heritage.
- Coming together of both families, and commitment to each other as wife and husband.
- It represents strength, love, togetherness, loyalty, and respect which is essential for a successful marriage. The straws of the broom represent family; the handle represents the Almighty; the ribbon represents the tie that binds the couple together. At the conclusion of the ceremony, after the kiss and presentation of the couple to their guests, one of the attendants produces the broom or a special person from the audience brings the broom and places it in the path of the wedding couple. They then jump over the broom on their way to the recessional. The broom used in the wedding ceremony has often been a beautifully handmade broom containing objects meaningful to the couple that they then keep as a memento of their wedding day and to grace the newlyweds’ hearth or hallway.