Thousands of couples at venues across the UK reaffirmed their wedding vows simultaneously on Saturday 8th February 2014 at 5:15pm for The Big Promise world record attempt as part of Marriage Week 2014, which runs from today, Monday 10th February.
Penny Mansfield, director of relationship charity OnePlusOne said: ‘You don’t have to be married to have a good quality relationship, but for many people making that public commitment to each other creates a secure environment in which their relationship can thrive.
‘For many people getting married is an important way of making it clear to their partner and to those around them just how serious and committed they are to each other.
‘While the number of divorces has increased, the actual percentage of couples getting divorced has steadily been falling since 2002.
‘Evidence shows, that marriage is still the most common form of partnership for couples with children.’
As a counter to all the depressing divorce statistics, The BIG Promise showed that many are still more than committed to their marriages.
The couples taking part in The BIG Promise event, launched in the Houses of Parliament during Marriage Week 2013, hope to break the current world record of 1089 couples renewing their vows which was set in the US in 2009.
Dave Percival, The BIG Promise project coordinator, said:
“The thought of thousands of couples from Newquay to Orkney saying together ‘We will!’ is just fantastic. The occasion will be both serious and huge fun – a bit like marriage really!”
“Marriage Week has always stood for encouraging and thanking couples for all that marriage means for them and for society. This year we really want people to celebrate just how important the promises we make are. They offer the foundation for a stable and loving family; what we build on that foundation is up to us, but we want people all over the country to join with us and send out the message: ‘these promises matter’!”
One couple taking part will celebrate fifty years of marriage together on the day of The Big Promise! Tom and Doreen Shaw from Sheffield will join with their friends, community and family to reaffirm their vows on their golden wedding anniversary at The Rock Christian Centre in Sheffield.
Looking forward to the world record attempt, Doreen Shaw said:
“We started out with nothing but our marriage wasn’t built on what we had, rather on who we were. Marriage has made us better people I hope. We are so excited to celebrate 50 years together on the same day as The Big Promise.”
To find out more about Marriage Week 2014, visit http://marriage-week.org.uk/
To find out more about relationship charity OnePlusOne, visit their new support service, The Listening Room, at http://thecoupleconnection.net/pages/thelisteningroom-whatisthis