Broom Jumping is the most commonly known African American
Wedding tradition. It originated in the United States during
a time when slaves did not have the right to marry and was
popularized by Alex Haley's Roots. African American couples
choose to include it in their modern ceremony because they
want to include some cultural aspects in their wedding.
In Africa, it was customary in certain places for the wife
to sweep the floor with a broom as a symbol of her committment
to help the in-laws with their housework. In America, African
Americans view it as a symbol of new beginnings.
Jumping the Broom Ceremony
Get a broom, you can decorate a broom from local hardware
store or purchase a heritage wedding broom online.
During the ceremony, the bride and groom sweep the floor
while the wedding officiant talks. After the encouraging words
have been spoken, the bride and groom place the broom on the
floor, take each others hand, and jump!