Jumping the Broom

Sharlea and Chris Jumping the Broom

Jumping the broom is a time-honoured wedding tradition in which the couple jump over a broom during the ceremony. There have also been suggestions that the expression may derive from an actual custom of jumping over a “broomstick” (where “broom” refers to the plant common broom rather than the household implement) associated with the Romanis of the UK especially those in Wales.

The act symbolises a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past, and can also signify the joining of two families or offer a respectful nod to family ancestors. For all of these reasons, jumping the broom is an increasingly popular part of many modern wedding ceremonies.

Today’s wedding brooms, however, are a far cry from those first used in jumping the broom ceremonies. They are still made with a wooden handle and natural bristles, but they are kept as treasured keepsakes and probably never actually used to sweep the floor.  

Jumping the broom is held at the end of the ceremony and we do this in the Courtyard below the Temple. It is a great way to the end the ceremony, as well as being fun it is a great way to signify honouring and respect of your ancestors, their legacy, and your family heritage. It celebrates the Coming together of both families, and commitment to each other as a couple.

Finally, it represents strength, love, togetherness, loyalty, and respect, essential for a successful marriage.