(Closed) White couple jumping the broom?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I could be wrong, but from what I’ve observed it’s a sensitive topic because of the tradition’s ties to slavery. Do your research carefully.


Post # 5
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

A white couple jumping the broom would be very hypocritical to the whole concept. Slave couples jumped the broom to be married.  Maybe your area would be more accepting of the idea, but I also live in the South and it would not be pretty if a white couple jumped the broom here.  But to each their own.  Good luck.

Post # 6
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Why do you want to do this, Im just curious? Do you know about its history?

Post # 8
1231 posts
Bumble bee

I think it was also done by Welsh/celtic people, it signified a change in a couples relationship.

I personally have never been to a wedding where it has been done, but it sounds lovely.

Post # 9
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think the idea of starting a tradition to pass down to your future progeny is awesome, I’m just not sure If I would use something that has already been established.

Post # 10
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My (white) cousin did this at his wedding and no one thought anything of it. Granted, we are in the north, but the idea of it being an african-american tradition and having to do with slavery is really nothing more than a popular misconception, it was done in many different cultures and was actually done first in England/Wales.

Post # 11
4804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes, as one PP said, it’s also practiced by Romani people (think My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding) in the UK. 

Post # 12
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I lived further SE from you in Georgia (try Exit 1!).  I think it would raise eyebrows there, but mind you, I raised eyebrows in high school because I had a short hair cut and was a liberal.

But if you research it and it sings to you, go for it.  As with any unique tradition that is integrated into a wedding, I think it’s best if you explain the why/significance of it to your guests in the program.

Post # 14
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you have any African American friends who will be at the wedding?  I would run it by them and get their thoughts. I’m sure – as you’re seeing here – you’d have some people think it was cool/totally fine, and others who would think it was odd or possibly offensive.

Post # 16
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2006

I attended a pagan handfasting and the couple were white and jumped the broom.  I have never heard of it being related to colour and believe here it is a sign of changes in your lives as a couple.

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