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
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
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)
___ 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...
Ladies and gentlemen may I present Mr. and
(Couple kiss again and exit to greet their
_____ 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
(At this point designated person-parent,
family member best man…whomever you wish, places
broom on ground in front of couple)
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
1, 2, 3, jump!
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!