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?”

(Our answer on next page)

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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.



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