Jumpin the Broom Ceremony

Broom Jumping has become one of the most popular African traditions at weddings – traditional and African-centered. According to Harriette Cole in her book, “Jumping the Broom.” The ritual itself was created by our ancestors during slavery.

Because slaves could not legally marry, they created their own rituals to honor their unions. Some say broom jumping comes from an African tribal marriage ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple’s new home.

The jumping of the broom is a symbol of sweeping away of the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of a new beginning.

Today the ceremony can be performed at the wedding after the minister pronounces the couple man and wife or at the reception just after the bridal party enters the reception

“Tradition says that whoever jumps the highest will make the decisions in the family,” “If one doesn’t jump, the other wears the pants.” The entire ceremony, often accompanied by the music of African drums and other percussion instruments, lasts about 20 minutes.

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Still Moment Unity Cross Ceremony with Mariana and Tyrone:4/21/2012 in Humble Texas

 

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Mariana and Tyrone chose the Unity Cross Ceremony to demonstrate how they envision their married life. Choosing this ceremony really takes us back to what marriage is all about. It’s not just the Wedding, its the Marriage. It’s not just the Destination, It’s the Journey1 Thanks to Mariana and Tyrone for sharing their love and their lives! Thankyou Tyrone for your service to the USA. May both your lives be long and prosperousDSC_0648

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New!! The Still Moment™ Unity Cross Ceremony

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Wedding Ceremony

Realizing the ever increasing trend toward non-denominational wedding services that respect and express the feelings of the brides and grooms, we created Still Moment Ministry- A Wedding and Marriage Ministry For a creative wedding ceremony, it is important to select a minister who is quite competent and experienced in the rapidly changing professional field. My experience is that engaged couples want a ceremony which reflects who they are – their values and dreams. They appreciate a minister who will take time to discuss many options with them in planning sessions! Still Moment is a member of the Texas Association of Wedding Officiants and the American Assoc, of Wedding Officiants and the TwoGether in Texas Initiative which promotes pre-marital counseling for all engaged couples that apply for a marriage license in Texas. A substantial discount is given when the couple completes 8 hours of a pre-marital workshop. We feel that it is important for folk to be armed with the tools to save their marriages even before it starts
TYPES OF CEREMONIESRELIGIOUS CEREMONY— is a particular denomination (Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Methodist, Moslem, etc.) or a combination of denominations characterized by religious elements, rituals, and traditions SPIRITUAL CEREMONY— is an inspirational ceremony that is beautiful and sacred. It is a Divine ceremony, universal in content and is not based on any particular religion INTERFAITH CEREMONY— (interdenominational) is a combination or blend of religions. It respects and honors all beliefs, values, and traditions of all religious and spiritual paths CIVIL CEREMONY— (court house) is a non-religious ceremony and does not contain any religious prayers. Couple can choose to include readings of love and commitment NON-DENOMINATIONAL— is a ceremony that is not of a particular denomination. It can simply be a general belief in a Higher Power. Serves couples who are of different religious backgrounds with general blessings, passages, and non-offensive prayers and customs VOW RENEWAL – is a sacred ceremony re-affirming the couple’s marriage vows, love and life-long commitment. It can contain any of the above ceremonial type elements. COMMITMENT– a personal and distinctive statement shared with family and friends. It is an intimate ritual celebrating the partners’ love and life-long commitment while marking the formal beginning of their new life together  Bookmark & Share

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A Still Moment Traditional Wedding Vows Sample

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“Juliet, I love you. I have loved you for a long time now, and with each day that I have spent with you before this moment, I find that my love for you is becoming deeper and  stronger. It is with conviction that I say that my love for you shall only continue to grow as the two of us grow old together. Grow old with me, Juliet, and I Romeo promise you that my love shall never change, that it will always be as fresh as the spring and as beautiful as your smile.”