CHRISTIAN WEDDING CEREMONY IN SOUTH CAROLINA

 

 
 
 A choice of traditional, or contemporary, non-denominational vows and ceremonies. Each is personalized for the bride and groom and appropriately tailored to the audience and setting.

Weddings need not be dull or boring. More than words, with reverence, compassion and a tasteful sense of humor every ceremony is special.

You may choose formal, semi-formal or casual wedding attire.

Ceremonies may be made more meaningful with special creative touches such as:

  • Unity Candle
  • Children's Promise
  • Rose Ceremony
  • Family/Witness Blessing

Your choice of ceremony will be discussed at the initial, no-obligation consultation which is free.

To schedule, call 843-608-0035.

Typical Order of Service

Prelude
Lighting of the Candles
Seating of the Family
Processional
(Entrance of Groom and Groomsmen)
(Entrance of Bridal Attendants)
Bridal March
The Marriage Ceremony
Welcome
Presentation of the Bride
Message of Commitment
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Declaration of Marriage
The Embrace
Prayer
Lighting of the Unity Candle
The Introduction
Recessional

 

 

 

Jumping The Broom Ceremony

You may purchase decorated brooms on line or at ethnic stores. Many couples decorate their own. Any kind of broom will do.
The straws of the broom represent family; the handle represents the Almighty; the ribbon represents the tie that binds the couple together.

The "Jumping the Broom" is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically "sweeping away" their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as wife and husband.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, one of the attendants produces the broom or a special person from the audience brings the broom
and places it in the path of the wedding couple. They then jump over the broom on their way to the recessional.

Jumping the Broom ceremony wording (This element is a closing to the ceremony and is done after the pronouncement. Couple faces guests, maid of honor hands bride her bouquet)

First Example

Officiant:

___ and _____ have chosen to conclude their ceremony with the African tradition of jumping the broom. As our bride and groom jump, they physically and spiritually cross the threshold into the land of matrimony, which is a covenant between them and God.  It marks the beginning of their making a home together. It symbolizes the sweeping away of the old and the welcoming of the new as one before God. It is also a call of support for the marriage from the entire community of family and friends. The bride and groom will now begin their new life together with a clean sweep!

(broom is laid in front of couple)

Everyone please count with me 1, 2, 3... Jump!

(Couple jump)

Ladies and gentlemen may I present Mr. and Mrs.______!"

(Couple kiss again and exit to greet their guests!)

 

Second Example:

Officiant:

_____ and ___ has chosen to conclude their ceremony with the tradition of jumping the broom

Today we honor and celebrate the transition from two separate lives into one life before God, united by love.
We place a broom for jumping, which symbolizes the entrance of the couple into a new life together.

 

(At this point designated person-parent, family member best man…whomever you wish, places broom on ground in front of couple)

Officiant:

Sharing a life with another person requires many “leaps of faith.” The leap they take together over the broom is also symbolic. By taking the leap, they make a gesture of dedication to center Christ in their marriage through the tough times ahead, as well as the easy times. They leave behind the past and jump into the future together secure in their love.

Everyone please count 1, 2, 3… Jump! Together with me now, and shout with joy as they perform their first act of working together as husband and wife;

1, 2, 3, jump!

 ~ Hurray!!

The couple jumps over the broom, and then kisses. Immediately, the music begins and the couple recesses down the aisle to the cheers of family and friends!