How to Plan an African-American Wedding

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When planning an African-American wedding, incorporate different traditions, such as hand-fasting and the jumping of the broom. Have fun with a traditional reception for an African-American wedding with tips from a wedding and event coordinator in this free video on wedding planning.

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Interested in planning your African-American wedding? I'm Rochelle Saenz, here to give you a tip on how. When it comes time to planning think most about the ceremony, as that is where tradition and customs meet. Generally, when it comes to an African-American wedding different types of traditions such as the handfasting and jumping of the broom are done. Handfasting traditionally happens right after the vows. Your officiant will go ahead and take either a piece of cloth, or a piece of rope in which the bride and groom's hands are placed together, and then your maid of honor or the groom will work in helping you to handfast together. He'll say a vow and a blessing, and afterwards, when you're finally married, the handfasting will be opened. When the bride and groom are presented to the rest of their guests then comes the fun. A broom is laid right in front of the bride and groom just as they are to exit for the African-American wedding. As they give the final blessing the bride and groom join hands, and jump over the broom. From there, everything's open. An African-American wedding, lots of fun. Here to give you a tip, Rochelle Saenz, from Rochelle Marie's EVENTS by DESIGN.

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