(Closed) Did/will you jump the broom?

posted 6 years ago in African-American
  • poll: Did/will you jump the broom at your wedding?
    yes : (29 votes)
    32 %
    no : (50 votes)
    56 %
    undecided : (11 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve honestly never seen or heard of anyone doing this in real life.

    I am African and my SO is Jewish, so no, we will not be jumping the broom.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Nope we wont be be jumping the broom. My Dad’s family is black from the islands they don’t jump the brooms there. So not a tradition at any of our weddings.

    Post # 5
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    416 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Post # 6
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    416 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yup we did

    Post # 7
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    780 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Yep- we did jump the broom!

    Here is a pic of our broom 🙂

    Post # 8
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    7387 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Nope. Defintely not a tradition in our famliy and we have Caribbean roots. Only one of my relatives did it and that was the only wedding that I’ve ever witnessed it. Its great for other people, I love the sentiment behind it, but I have no desire to do it.

    Post # 9
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    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I won’t, because I don’t see it tied to anything specific, at least not for the AA community-it seems like it is one of those that has just been done for so long it has become a tradition. I’m not a fan of doing stuff “just because.” I get that slaves did it because it signified marriage for them, but I’m not a slave and our history extends before and after that time period- I don’t see the need to do slave coping rituals like jumping a broom, since marriage is legal for me, or eating pig feet, because I don’t rely on a master to provide undesirable food scraps for me. But to each their own- for some people, connecting to that part of their history is a big thing. Or they may just like the idea, and put their own spin on it.  

    Post # 10
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    679 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our parents are really pressing us to. I don’t want to. Mostly because I am fairly certain I’m gonna fall. My dress weighs like 20 pounds with massive amounts of tulle all around. The broom will disappear from my visibility at about 1 1/2 feet away. I won’t be able to FIND the broom,much less jump OVER it. I’m beginning to think they just want me to fall on my ass. 🙁

    Post # 11
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee

    @jayebaby:  Lol this made me giggle. 

    Is the broom supposed to be raised up or laid flat on the ground?

    Post # 12
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    26 posts
    Newbee

    Well since I am Caribbean heritage and my hubby is from the U.S., we don’t care to do the jumping the broom tradition. As a matter of fact, we just want a private ceremony; intimate and spiritual. I think the jumping the broom thing is more fadish than executing the true meaning of the tradition. 

    Our ancestors who were slaves jumped the broom to show God/The Source/Creator, etc. and other family they were married and that was that.. no certificate; no law and it was acknowledged. The slave masters would use the certificate on their end to make it “legal” on their end for economic purposes to (it sickens me to say this but…) procreate for more labor.

    I feel there are many other African rituals that show the true essence of marital ceremonies like tying the knot, eating spicy, sweet, sour, bitter, etc. Also the exchanging of rings are more Kemetic (Egyptian) traditions than Western; the ring signifies the cipher or eternity of love much like the meaning of the Ankh (male-female prinicple of life and eternal soul/spirit). If y’all want more info about this, contact me.. I will be glad to chat more.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Yes.  I always wanted to jump the broom @ my wedding.  Its part of several cultures and I believe in its original meaning of jumping into your new life together. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My family will probably cut my throat if I didn’t. This is the first wedding on my mom’s side of the family and they are making a HUGE deal out of tradition. My mom and aunt are currently fighting over who’s decorating the broom… my mom will probably win.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My family is from the Caribbean and my Fiance is Jewish so we won’t be jumping the broom because it really doesn’t rerpresent either of our traditions. I have been to a few African-American weddings and have never seen a couple who jumped the broom.

     

    Post # 16
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    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t think we’ll do it.  Not because my Fiance is Irish American, but more so because the tradition doesn’t really appeal to me.

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