Big Promise goes for world record with 1400 couples saying 'I do' again ...
More than 1,400 couples joined together to reaffirm their wedding vows in over 70 venues across the UK on 8 February 2014 – and hopes are a new world record has been set ...
More than 1,400 couples joined together to reaffirm their wedding vows in over 70 venues across the UK on 8 February 2014. It is anticipated that The BIG Promise will set a new world record for the number of couples doing this simultaneously.
Vows were reaffirmed from Bournemouth to Sunderland and one hundred couples took part on the island of Orkney alone! The BIG Promise is the flagship event of Marriage Week 2014 which runs from 7-14 February each year.
The national coordinator for The BIG Promise, Dave Percival said: “The simplicity and dignity of each BIG Promise ceremony held sends a clear message. The vows are the essential part of being married – not the fancy wedding, amazing reception, or exotic honeymoon. Marriage matters to every one of these couples, and should matter to all of us in society as the bedrock of stable family life.”
The golden wedding anniversary of Tom and Doreen Shaw from Sheffield coincided with the record attempt and they celebrated their 50 years together by reaffirming their vows in front of their whole family.
Tom Shaw said: "We were thrilled to remind each other of the promises we made to each other 50 years to the day that we first said them! This has been such a special day as we have celebrated our commitment to each other with our family and friends. It has been quite moving to look back on how we have been blessed and challenged throughout our life together. And after 50 years, it's not over yet. The best is still to come!"
Marriage Week has attracted the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron, who said:
"I welcome National Marriage Week and am pleased to give it my support. Marriage is a declaration of commitment, responsibility and stability that helps to bind families.”
"The values of marriage are give and take, support and sacrifice - values that we need more of in this country.”
The Bishop of Chester, Peter Forster, also lent his support to The BIG Promise:
“I am delighted to support this event and I am wishing all couples joy and happiness as they re-affirm their vows. Marriage is the building block of society and I welcome the efforts of The BIG Promise in upholding this”
Get more inspiring reading
Our print magazine for INSPIRE is currently on hold while we explore new funding options for a relaunch later this year. If you'd like to be kept up to date with developments, ready to order the new title once it's available, email email@example.com