5 African American Wedding Books for a Black Southern Belle Bride

Are you planning a Black Southern Belle wedding and need some help with planning and inspiration? We are here to help you with a list of our favorite African American Wedding Books.   These books are filled with information on African American wedding traditions perfect for a Black Southern Belle looking to do a traditional wedding complete with church, gloves, and jumping the broom. Check out our list of 5 African American Wedding books you must purchase!

1)Jumping the Broom: The African-American Wedding Planner Hardcover –  by Harriette Cole: 

Created specifically for African Americans, Jumping the Broom presents everything you need to know to plan a wedding that is an expression of personal style and heritage. You’ll find rich historical material, a comprehensive resource guide, a 16-page full-color African-American wedding album, more than a dozen original dress designs, and much more.

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2)Jumping the Broom, Second Edition: The African-American Wedding Planner Harriette Cole 

Jumping the Broom is newly revised for the twenty-first century. The bestselling—and the first—comprehensive wedding guide written and designed expressly for African Americans, it presents everything you need to know to plan an event that is truly an expression of your personal style and heritage.

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3)The Nubian Wedding Book: Words and Rituals to Celebrate and Plan an African-American  by Ingrid Sturgis 

This book provides historical background and more detailed and practical suggestions, this comprehensive guide to planning an Afrocentric wedding features ceremonies, vows, toasts, wedding prayers, libations, recipes, suggestions for Afrocentric gift giving, and anecdotes from couples about their experiences with weddings reflecting their own rich heritage

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4)Vows: The African-American Couples’ Guide to Designing a Sacred Ceremony by Harriette Cole 

In 1993 Harriette Cole wrote Jumping the Broom, the first wedding guide specifically for African-American couples, showing them how to create a wedding that honored their culture and heritage. In her new book, Vows, Cole turns her attention to the heart of the special day: the wedding ceremony. With everything that is involved in planning a wedding, it is easy to get so caught up in all the details of the celebration that you lose sight of the significance of what you are actually doing — committing to make a life together. In this beautiful volume, Cole gives you the guidance and inspiration you need to focus your energy on the spiritual and sacred aspect of your wedding day.

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African-American Wedding Readings  Tamara Nikuradse

A beautiful treasury of prose, poetry, and song, African-American Wedding Readings offers a complete range of selections for every significant nuptial moment. From the proposal, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner to the actual ceremony, reception toasts, and the honeymoon, excerpts from a wide variety of sources supply the perfect words to express joy, exuberance, and romance. Drawing on the Bible, prose and poetry from past and contemporary writers, as well as love letters by prominent African-Americans, Tamara Nikuradse provides inspiration for brides and grooms, wedding party members, parents, and clergy – anyone who wants to commemorate a wondrous event with the best possible words.

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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