This bridal couple prepares to jump the broom. Historically the broom was symbolic of "sweeping away past ancestral feuds" to declare a new beginning at African weddings. This practice, continued by slaves forbidden to wed in the conventional way, enabled them to maintain their tribal values and rituals of marriage. On the back of your invitation your guests will find this description noted so they may share in the African-American experience. Please specify your first names to be imprinted on the front of your invitation.