Archive for December, 2009

Key West Cruise Weddings and African-American traditions

Friday, December 4th, 2009
broom jumping ceremony

Jump the Broom Wedding Tradtion

I think it’s special when a couple adds a personal touch to their wedding. Celeste and Mandel, along with a small group of family members, arrived in Key West aboard the Royal Caribbean “Enchantment of the Seas”. Celeste’s Aunt Victoria performed a lovely ceremony on the beach. She added an African American flair by including a “Broom Jumping Ceremony”. This ceremony was performed in slave communities during the time in the U.S. when slave marriages were not recognized as legal. The groom first uses the broom to sweep away any evil. The couple then jumps the broom just before they are pronounced “husband and wife”.