(Closed) Jump the broom with a white guy?

posted 12 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 32
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wow I just jumped the broom we are both white I dont c how your race matters ??? it dates back to the 18th century ,, might not have all the facts here ??? insulting much?

Post # 33
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@KTseamans: Race doesn’t matter, its just more of a cultural norm for certain races

just like “soul food”


No one is saying that no one else does it. Its just more of a common thing seen in AA weddings.  Its good that you and your husband jumped the broom its a wonderful symbolization to implicate after a ceremony.  I’ve come across many who recognize the term but not the actual broom jumping after the wedding.  It was something lots of slaves did to solidify their marriage since they were not necessarily afforded the luxury of church weddings. Many minorities did this in other places as well.


Broom jumping is most famous in the United States as an African American wedding custom. During the antebellum period in the United States, slave marriages were not recognized as legal or binding. The broom jumping ritual was a symbolic act within slave communities for marriage. Many African American couples are taking back this custom and incorporating it as part of their modern ceremony. Broom jumping was not done only by slaves however, poor whites in the South and in New England, as well as Gypsies also used this marriage ritual. The jumping of the broom is of Welsh and Celtic origin. In the Celtic ritual, it is a symbol of fertility. Several couples interested in history or pagan ritual also are now adopting this custom in their weddings.




Post # 34
64 posts
Worker bee

i would totaly go for it! My Future fiance is african american & im white & we’ll thinking about doing jumping the broom @ our ceremony!  Plus ITS UR WEDDING do what u want to!

Post # 35
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are jumping the broom and neither of us are of african, or african-american descent, I am English-Australian and my fiance is Macedonian-Australian.

We are including it as it is popular in celtic/pagan weddings aswell and we have included many elements from this tradition in our wedding. We plan to have each guest tie a ribbon to the broom as they arrive as a symbol of thier support for our marriage.

Post # 36
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My white hubby & I will be jumping the broom at our wedding. I can’t wait.

Post # 37
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m white and my fiancee is black. What has kept me interested and in love with him for 8 years (yes i know that’s  a long time) is our differences. I love his culture and would jump the broom if he wants to. But I just asked him and he said no because I’d then make him sweep the kitchen with it (lol).  I also love his sense of humor.  But I think when you enter into an interracial relationship you are already open to doing this a little differently and learn not to care what others think.So if you want to celebrate that tradition, you absolutely should do it. If he loves you enough to marry you, he loves you enough to celebrate what’s important to you. Best wishes..

Post # 38
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Heck yes you can!! If its something you want to be incorporated in your wedding and its a part of your culture, then it is totally accpetable and not to mention awesome for you to do. 

If they can do it why not you guys. Fallow your wedding vision 🙂

Post # 39
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Why not? You can do what ever you want. If you want to do the hokey pokey down the aisle, then do it. If you want to wear lime green then do it. If you want to jump the broom with you sexy Fiance (no mater what is race, religion, or culture is) then you do it. It is your day.

Post # 40
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know this thread is old, but I wanted to comment. I’m AA and I didn’t want to jump the broom. I found out it’s not just an African tradition, but an Irish one as well. Mr. Tattoo’s grandmother brought it up and I told her I didn’t think we would, but she said it was both African and Irish tradition and it would be nice. 

So we are doing it. Mr. Tattoo is Irish and wants it in the wedding. We will put in the program that it’s actually an African and Irish tradition to jump the broom. Yay! 

Post # 41
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m like Miss Tattoo. I know this thread is really old….but I wanted to chime in with my two cents 🙂

I’m AA and my fiance is Caucasian and we are jumping the broom. When I shared the significance behind it, he was really eager to incorporate it into our ceremony. He’s from New Orleans so we’re also doing a Second Line parade as our recessional. I plan to put a little explanation of both in the program so everyone knows what is going on. I’m so excited because I feel like it is the little touches that really can make the ceremony special.

Post # 42
6 posts

What’s the significance of jumping the broom?

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