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We (still) do: Couples flock to Mich. in record-setting move to renew vows

A record 1,201 couples have renewed their wedding vows at a ceremony on the campus of Western Michigan University. A Guinness World Record official on site certified the record event Saturday, which broke the previous mark of 1,087 couples renewing their vows at Miami University in Ohio in 2009. Couples dressed in Western Michigan gear and even donned veils, white dresses and tuxes to celebrate their marriages.

We married the first time for love and the second time to set a world record.

Wayne Kruger, who renewed his vows with his wife

Western Michigan University President John Dunn and his wife, Linda, were among the couples who renewed their vows. The group included couples from the United States, Canada and Japan and a couple from the Western Michigan University class of 1943, university officials said. The ceremony was officiated by Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

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Marriage vows

Marriage vows are promises each partner in a couple makes to the other during a wedding ceremony based upon Western Christian norms. They are not universal to marriage and not necessary in most legal jurisdictions. They are not even universal within Christian marriage, as Eastern Christians do not have marriage vows in their traditional wedding ceremonies.