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Jumping the Broom
Most often jumping of the broom occurs during the recessional, as
the couple turn to head back down the aisle. The couple jumps over a decorated broom laid on the ground before them,
while holding hands. This symbolizes the cutting of ties with the old life before they were together and represents the
old remnants being swept away. The straw end represents the brushing away of all their old cares and worries. The strong
wooden handle represents the strength of your commitment to each other, and the straight, unconditionally committed path you
will follow together in marriage. The leap that the couple takes over the broom is also symbolic. Starting a new life with
another person does require a "leap of faith". But by taking the leap, the individuals make a gesture of dedication to working
together through the tough times ahead and the willingness to care for and defend one another. Some say that whoever jumps the
highest will be the boss of the house!
It is an African tradition dating back to before the first Europeans visited West Africa. Jumping
the broom symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and stepping over the broom
to enter upon a new adventure as husband and wife. 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 First Name and Mr. Groom First
& Last Name.