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|Jumping over the broom
during the wedding ceremony
|Dating back to slave days, jumping over the broom together has been part of weddings for Black couples who want to honor that tradition.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, after the kiss and the presentation of the couple to their guests, one of the attendants produces a broom (which has been previously hidden somewhere near the location of the ceremony) or a special person brings the broom from the audience and places it in the path of the wedding couple.
They then jump over the broom on their way out.
An alternative would be for the couple to jump over the broom just prior to the pronouncement that they are husband and wife. The kiss would follow; then the recessional.
The broom used in the wedding ceremony has often been a beautifully handmade broom that the couple keeps as a wedding memento.