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Wedding Traditions: Jumping the Broom

The Wedding Guru explains the African-American wedding tradition of “jumping the broom”

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There are so many lovely traditions in a variety of religions and cultures, that is seems a shame not to incorporate several into the ceremony and reception. Some couples look back into their ethnic, cultural, and religious roots when planning their weddings. Interestingly, some even implement rituals from backgrounds that are not their own because they like the concepts behind the traditions. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this! Be creative; it’s all right to be “cross-cultural” if it feels right to you.

Dear Wedding Guru: “Several of my married friends included the tradition of ‘jumping the broom’ at their ceremonies. Can you please explain it?”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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