Early African American： Jumping the Broom In the times of slavery in this country， African American couples were not allowed to formally marry and live together. To make a public declaration of their love and commitment， a man and woman jumped over a broom into matrimony， to the beat of drums. （The broom has long held significant meaning for the various Africans， symbolizing， the start of home- making for the newlywed couple. In Southern Africa， the day after the wedding， the bride assisted the other women in the family in sweeping the courtyard， indicating her dutiful willing ness to help her in-laws with housework till the newlyweds could move to their new home.） Some African-American couples today are choosing to include this symbolic rite in their wedding ceremony.
Armenia： Two white doves may be released to signify love and happiness. The bride may dress in red silk and may wear cardboard wings with feathers on her head. Small coins may be thrown at her.