Jumping the Broom Ceremony

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Interfaith Clergy Services has several lovely and romantic Wedding Ceremony Add Ons (cost extra) for you to choose from. Today, lets start with one of my personal favorites; Jumping the Broom.

Jumping the broom is about incorporating your past, and giving it a place of honor in your new life. Therefore combine it with your personality and style. It should be an uplifting and spiritual addition to any ceremony.

Today’s wedding brooms, however, are a far cry from those first used in jumping the broom ceremonies. They’re still made with a wooden handle and natural bristles, but they’re kept as treasured keepsakes and probably never actually used to sweep the floor.

Some brides prefer to create their own brooms, while others purchase ornately decorated brooms ready-made. Far from ordinary, these brooms are outfitted beautifully with silk ribbons, fresh or silk flowers, bows, beads and more.

During the ceremony, broom jumping can be paired with a prayer, song, poem or simple explanation of the tradition. One song, “At an Ole Virginia Wedding,” was frequently used in the U.S. in the early 1900s as an accompanying tune. The passage’s sentiment warns others to respect the couple’s union and encourages the couple to cherish each other. Today, many brides attach the verse to their wedding brooms.

The broom can even be used to include guests in the ceremony: A couple can have guests write their names on pieces of decorative paper attached to ribbons, and then the ribbons are tied to the broom before it is jumped. This symbolizes that the guests — and their associated well wishes — go into the marriage with the couple.

After the initial wedding ceremony the couple turns and jumps over the broom as the officiant may say;

Today, Bride and Groom will jump the broom to seal their covenant as husband and wife!

Congratulations, you may kiss your Bride .

I present to you Mrs. Bride and Mr. Groom!

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