Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Jumping The Broom

I get a lot of emails from my viewers asking about the wording I use on "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?" when those happy brides & grooms are just about to "cross over" into their new lives. So by popular request, here it is!!

"It is believed that during the era of slavery in America, newlywed couples would use the ritual of broom jumping as a way to give some sort of legitimacy to their unions, since they were unable to wed under legal circumstances. The broom symbolizes the setting up of a new household as well as the sweeping away of negative thoughts, actions and spirits which can break the bonds of a happy marriage.

In the motherland, the "village" represents not only the actual inhabitants, but the sense of family and community. And as members of this couple's "village", we need to support and encourage their union. Love them enough to give them the benefit of your wisdom - but at the same time, know when to walk away and let them tend the fires of their marriage.

There is a saying "Make a joyful noise - so that the rocks don't cry out!". As we all celebrate this wonderful occasion, let's all get up on our feet and shout our joy to the heavens..so the world will know that this couple have become one...with each other. As (insert bride & groom's names here) "leap into da' land of matrimony", we wish the very best of love, health & happiness!!"

Now if you've watched the show - you've noticed that the audience really gets into this, and that's the point. It's about celebration and jubilation - such a wonderful thing has happened and we ALL want to revel in it. So, go ahead and clap your hands, stomp your feet, whistle and catcall..it's all good!!!!!

(Nalini & Issac Conner courtesy of Garrett Photography - Baltimore, MD.)


Always Fabulous Events said...

Don't hate me. It's actually kinda fun and you get to plug your colleagues' blogs.

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Rediesha Thompson said...

Ms. Linnyette! You are so awesome. I have watched your work for over 3 years on the style network, and your work is simply amazing. I'm no where near to getting married, but when he does find me I pray that you'll be my wedding planner. Your passion for timeliness and perfection on any budget is greatly admired. God bless you and may have continued success in the future.

Sandra Jean-Pierre said...

I love your work. I am planning my own wedding at this time, and my wish is to became a wedding planner. right now i'm teaching myself the ropes, by helping a friend plan her wedding for free, and i'm loving it. I want to do this for the rest of my life. What should i do to put my feet in the door? What did you do? This is what i want, I want the experience, I'm even having problem finding the right name to call what i love(company)i need your help for i can do it right,
and for what i see on the show, I think your the best to help me.
Thank you
Sandra Jean-Pierre

MJ Townsend said...

Ms Linnyette! What can I say....but you are totally "out cold" (in a good way). I truly enjoy watching you every week on on the Style Network. Everything you touch seems to turn into gold. I especially love the way you keep it REAL!
My family and I started our party planning and rental business last year and so far everything seems to be going well. I often try to refer to your website as a resource when it comes to planning events.
I just wanted to send a quick note to say keep doing what you are doing because "we" need to see positive people do there thang while being successful at the same time.

Much love and God bless.

MJ Townsend
Mel's Extreme Party Planning & Rental, LLC (Ypsilanti, MI)