"The practice of jumping the broom started in slave times, when it was actually illegal for slaves to marry."--Early in our reading, a love interest of Cicero's talks about jumping the broom. As we see, this tradition has lasted to this day.
Jumping the broom (photo idea) - it signifies ‘sweeping away of the old’ and starting a new life together as you jump.
"To give to mom before the ceremony starts." -yeah, great idea if you want your mom to cry hysterically before you even walk down the aisle. Better idea: sneak it into her purse where she can easily see it, and let her find it on her own. Surprise!