Crossing sticks is another symbolic gesture that originates from slavery. The bride and the groom would each bring a tall stick. When they cross the two sticks, it symbolizes the beginning of a new life with a strong and grounded beginning — like the trees the branches came from.
Want to incorporate this tradition into your wedding? Traditionally couples choose one stick from the groom’s property and one stick from the bride’s. Alternatively, you can both choose sticks from places that are significant to you individually or as a couple.