Broom Jumping



Are you searching for unique ways to make your ceremony more meaningful? Many couples are choosing to jump over the broomstick. What is broom jumping and why are couples incorporating the culturally rich tradition into their ceremony? Let’s follow this ritual back to its roots to discover all the reasons why.

Broom jumping involves an elaborately decorated wedding piece that usually matches the wedding colors and theme. It is about 36” in length and wrapped with a floral arrangement and embellished with pearls or another ornament. The ritual begins with words. Then the couple holds hands as they jump over the broomstick together.


History of Broom Jumping


Broom jumping dates back to the 1700’s in Wales at a time when the marriages of gypsies were not accepted by the church. The ritual was known as a besom wedding, named after the besom broom. Broom jumping became a popular trend in Scotland and England in the 1800's.

Broom jumping is also deeply rooted in West African culture. The Asante people waved brooms over couples to remove evil spirits and sweep away the past for a new beginning. At the end of the ceremony, the couple would jump over the broom together. Broom jumping became popular during times of slavery, when marriages were not recognized or allowed in court. In the absence of an officiant to conduct a legal ceremony, the broom became a symbol of jumping into a new life together as husband and wife. While the symbolism can represent a painful time in history that should not be taken lightly, it became part of traditions that held more meaning than a civil marriage for many.


The Significance of Broom Jumping


Broom jumping is intertwined with different cultures in history, and holds significance to couples for different reasons. For many couples, this ritual is about heritage and respect to ancestors in Wales, Scotland, England or Africa. In history, broom jumping was a tradition that seals a marriage with importance beyond the recognition of church and state. Many couples today hold the same ideals to be true. Adding broom jumping to the nuptials can create a deeper meaning. For some, broom jumping is a method of creating a union when a legal marriage is not possible. This tradition has become part of modern ceremonies for many reasons.


Commitment ceremonies are becoming a popular trend, whether personal choice or for legal and financial reasons. This type of ceremony searches for ways to make the ritual meaningful and add significance to the occasion. Broom jumping is essentially a ritual that signifies the creation of a marital bond without church and state. It is popular among commitment ceremonies and legal marriages alike. Whether it is to pay respect to the ancient rituals of our European or African ancestors, broom jumping is seen as a way to make the marriage real in a sense beyond the recognition of a court.


Broom Jumping at Your Wedding Venue


Culture is a unique and ever changing part of us all. Regardless of your reasons for making broom jumping part of your ceremony, it is a special way to symbolize the joining in matrimony. Celebrate your unique customs and create a romantic wedding at Crystal Ballroom Brandon. The fairy tale is made possible by the all-inclusive concept that bundles the venue, services and decor into an affordable package. Host your dream ceremony and reception at an elegant wedding venue that is designed by your imagination and the professional in-house design team.

Contact Crystal Ballroom Brandon to schedule your VIP tour and begin planning all your unique rituals into your wedding day.

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