Post # 1
My fiance and I are an interracial couple (I’m African American and he is Caucasian). We are thinking about jumping a broom at the end of our ceremony, but I still feel sort of weird about it just because I don’t know how my side of the family will receive it. He is all for it and welcomes it as a cultural tradition that we can all celebrate.
If we do jump a broom, we’ll probably include a small passage in the program that explains the tradition (some people believe it to not only date back to slavery, but was also practiced in West Africa and prior to that, by Roma Gypsies!). I’m just not sure what to do…
What do you all think?
Post # 4
I think it would be neat.. I am caucasian. But I love this tradition! I think it would be cute and meaningful for you both!
Post # 5
There was another recent discussion about this topic that might be helpful!
I have no experience with this wedding tradition, but I think if you explain it to the guests that may not understand what it is or why you’d do it, that most people would be supportive! I think it’s a great way to incorporate your tradition into the wedding!
Post # 6
If the tradition is important to you, then I say to do it!
As for your family’s reaction- do you think they would object to jumping the broom in and of itself- or do you think they would object to you jumping it with a white guy in particular?
If it’s just that they might not approve of jumping the broom at all, ignore them and have the ceremony you want.
If it’s that your FI is white, then it may be an opportunity to address those concerns/prejudices with your family and pave the way for your FI to be welcomed into the family without reservation.
Post # 7
thanks for the replies!
i actually came across this post from a few months ago – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/jumping-the-broom – so sorry to be redundant!
Post # 8
Mrs. Bee is Korean and I am half-Japanese, but we still celebrated the traditional Korean wedding ceremony – the Paebaek. Our guests loved it!
Just like you mentioned… to explain the tradition to guests, we put a description of the custom in the program. Mrs. Butterfly later ended up using the same text in her programs:
Everyone loved it, and it was one of the most popular parts of the ceremony!