Taking place in over 80 venues during National Marriage Week (7-14 February), the Billericay event will be held at the St Mary Magdalen Church in the High Street on Saturday, 8 February.
“There are about 80 churches nationwide that are taking part and it’s something that I genuinely think is worth doing,” says Reverend Warner Pidgeon, co-organiser of Churches Together in Billericay.
“There are two objectives really – one to give couples the opportunity to reaffirm their wedding vows and two, to break the world record.”
The Guinness World Record for the most couples reaffirming their vows at the same time currently stands at 1,087, which was made back in 2009 at Miami University in America. But Rev. Warner Pidgeon is hoping that 2014 will the year for the UK to take home the crown.
“We’ve been supportive of National Marriage Week for several years now because we like to encourage and support married people,” he says. “I hope that we’ll have a good number of couples, especially around Valentine’s Day. There is a serious side to it, of course, but we’ll also be having fun.
“To qualify, couples need to bring a form of ID and their marriage certificate along on the day, which they will need to be photographed with,” explains the Reverend. “The ceremony will start at 5pm and everyone will renew their vows at the same time at 5.15pm.
“In Billericay, after the ceremony we’ll be providing a wedding cake, which can be shared as well as tea and coffee, so it’s going to be good fun.”
Couples will need to register their interest by 1 February 2014 by contacting Bruce Bott on 01277 630082 or emailing [email protected]
Other venues taking part in the Big Promise include St George and the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Southend, St Peter’s Church in Harold Wood and The Church of the Good Shepherd in Romford. For more information, visit marriage-week.org.uk/the-big-promise/