Post # 1
Hi AA bees. Fiance and I plan to jump the broom but I have never been to a wedding where this was done and I am not sure how the broom is presented and when. Does someone bring the broom up and place it? Is there a specific portion of the ceremony where this happens? Is it a child/teen (like a ring bearer)? If not, who? Thanks!
Post # 3
@NJmeetsBX: My friend had a family member on the front row place it after the preacher announced them husband and wife. It was not a presentation or anything like that.
Post # 4
@NJmeetsBX: I have seen it done multiple ways.
- Broom Bearer
- The Mom’s place the broom to jump
- Best Man
Post # 5
my 1st wedding we had a broom bearer- he was a nephew that walked up the aisle next to the ring bearer….he held onto it until it was time for us to jump over then the mother of the groom placed it.
Hope this helps
Post # 6
I just jumped the broom at my wedding and my husband’s oldest sister who was sitting in the front row, brought the broom up and placed it for us to jump after the Justice of the Peace explained the meaning behind jumping the broom. It worked out perfectly!
Post # 7
I am having my future sister-in-law present us our broom while my officiant explains what it means. (We are an interracial couple and so not everyone there will automatically understand.) She was a key player in making his mom understand that he can be happy with someone outside of his race and she continues to defend us, so I thought it would be meaningful for her to present this to us.
Post # 8
I think you should learn the history behind it before you decide to do it b/c or you shouldn’t do it. This is an African tribal marriage ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple’s new home together, and the spray of the broom represents all of us scattered and the handle represents the almighty who holds us together. You see, during the slave “transitions” we were not allowed to practice many of the traditional rituals of our past therefore, much of our heritage was lost during this time. So this broom ceremony represents the joining of two families, it’s showing respect and pays homage to those who came before us and paved the way. In a nutshell “Broom Jumping” is a ritual, handed down from generation to generation as a symbol for Black/African Americans of a time when our vows were not legal because we were slaves and weren’t considered to be human beings. I’m having a broom bearer who is 7 years old to carry it down the aisle. After we are pronounced husband and wife, our officiant will give a brief history/reading about it while the broom bearer hands it to the elder of my family and she will do a sweeping motion in front of us and place it in front of our feet. The officiant and guest will count us off and then we will jump over and kiss!
Post # 9
Instead of my flower girl dropping petals she will be carrying our broom.
Post # 10
We had our children lay the broom down before we jumped. It turned out great!
Post # 11
We are going to have our two little cousins carry. One will carry the rings and the other will carry the broom.
Post # 12
I will be having my cousin’s six year old son (who is like our godson) carry the broom down the isle. As stated previously, we will have the history of “jumping the broom” read before we jump the broom, we will jump the broom then have our first kiss has husband and wife. 🙂
Post # 13
@Mstiffanyb: I knew the history, I just didn’t know who should place the broom and when it’s normally done since I hadn’t seen it done before. FWIW, I had my 12 year old nephew place it. It worked out perfectly.