Advance online registration is now closed. Walk-up registration will be available while event supplies last on a first come, first serve basis. If you registered online or plan to do so at the event, please remember to bring a print copy of your marriage certificate to be officially "counted." We look forward to shattering the world record with you. Let's make history!

For many, WMU was more than the place where they earned a degree, made lasting friendships, and acquired expertise---it was the place where they found the love of their life. To rekindle these fond memories and celebrate Bronco couples, we will hold a special event for you and your sweetheart to be a part of history.

Join us on the Grand Lawn of Heritage Hall during Homecoming 2016 as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most vow renewals in one place, at one time. Recommit to your sweetie in an outdoor symbolic ceremony and then watch the Broncos row the boat to a Homecoming victory!

Couple advance registration is required by Friday, September 30. We recommend participating couples revisit this page to check the status of our record-setting goal and to receive periodic updates about the event. An information packet will be mailed to each pre-registered couple one month prior to the event, which will include:

  • An instruction booklet
  • Instructions on what to do with a copy of your marriage certificate
  • A commemorative pin set, exclusive to pre-registered couples
  • A custom numbered race-style bib to pin to your clothing and wear to the event
  • Suggested “date ideas” in the area
  • Kalamazoo/Portage visitor information

The Event

The Official Record Attempt will occur on Heritage Hall’s Grand Lawn, located off Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event will include commemorative photo stations, interactive couple activities, Meagan McNeal performing romantic hits on stage, wedding cake from Bert’s Bakery, and a sparkling Champagne toast in brown and gold flutes. An official Guinness World Record judge will be on-site to present a certificate to the crowd if the record is broken.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Couple arrival/check-in at Heritage Hall*
3:30 p.m. Ceremony begins

*Be sure to bring a copy of your marriage license. Please do not bring the original as the photocopy will need to be submitted and reviewed by the Guinness World Record judges.

Participating couples are asked to arrive between 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for the check-in process, meet your guide, and for further instructions. Couples are asked to bring a copy of their official marriage license. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. sharp. (three hours prior to game kickoff) to provide adequate time to participate in other Homecoming festivities. The ceremony will be officiated by Kalamazoo Mayor, Bobby Hopewell.

The 93rd Homecoming & Family Weekend will take place October 7-9, 2016. To remain informed of all weekend events and activities, be sure to bookmark and revisit MyWMU.com/homecoming. The Official Record Attempt event start time will be announced once the football game kickoff time becomes available.

In order to make the record-attempt official, couples must provide a copy of your official marriage license. Couples who do not provide a marriage license copy will not be “counted” toward the record attempt. There are four ways to submit the copy by September 30:

  1. Upload a scan on the registration form
  2. Send a copy to: WMU Office of Development, Attn: Vow Renewal, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Heritage Hall MS 5403, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5403
  3. Email a copy of your license to chris.praedel@wmich.edu
  4. Bring a copy to the check-in table at the event

Parking

For guest convenience, a shuttle will run from the Lawson Ice Arena parking lots (lots 63, 64, and 70) and drop guests off near the tailgate entrance on Oakland Drive. Guests are strongly encouraged to use this shuttle service. Handicap parking will be available in lots 4 and 6. Click here to access information about recommended game day parking, handicap accessibility, and shuttle routes.

Commemorate the Event

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations has teamed up with a local alumni owned business, Siesta Silver Jewelry, to produce commemorative sterling silver or copper necklaces, earrings, and keychains. All items will be individually packaged in a labeled plastic bag with a polishing cloth. Items ordered will be shipped prior to the event. Additional items will be on hand to sell at the event. 25% from each purchase will benefit the WMU Legacy Scholarship to support multi-generational student academic scholarships.

Sterling Silver Mini Charm/Pendant (14.00mm diameter)
Fits all Pandora® style bracelets
Retail Price: $29.00 plus tax and shipping

Sterling Silver Medium Pendant (21.00mm diameter)
Retail Price: $49.00 plus tax and shipping

Copper Medium Pendant (21.00mm diameter)
Retail Price: $19.00 plus tax and shipping

Sterling Silver Earrings (14.00mm diameter each)
Retail Price: $44.00 plus tax and shipping

Copper Keychain (21.00mm diameter)
Retail Price $15.00 plus tax and shipping

Share your Stories

Share your special Bronco couple story on the registration page. We will be posting these stories to our alumni website, MyWMU.com, as we promote the event throughout the coming months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?
The event is open to any couple with a legally recognized marriage license. The event is open to WMU alumni, donors, fans, faculty/staff, and students. The event is also open to the greater Kalamazoo community. It is not required for either or both individuals to be an alumnus or alumna. A copy of an official marriage certificate is required to be “counted” in the attempt guest total.

What should we wear?
Guests are all encouraged to wear casual Bronco gear! Please plan for the unpredictable October weather, the event will occur rain or shine.

What is the current record we aim to surpass?
The largest registered vow renewal ceremony was achieved by 1,087 couples at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, on June 20, 2009. In order to break the record, we must recruit 1,088 married couples to be on-site for the event.

Where is Heritage Hall (and the Grand Lawn) located?
Heritage Hall, located on East Campus and formerly known as East Hall, is the newly renovated alumni center. The Grand Lawn is located by the north wing of the building. We encourage guests to utilize Homecoming parking and shuttle lots. The parking lot adjacent to Heritage Hall, Lot 1, will be closed for Homecoming festivities. Click here to access information about recommended game day parking, handicap accessibility, and shuttle routes.

Why is the Office of Development and Alumni Relations holding this event?
It’s a fun way to celebrate our Bronco couples and re-engage alumni and the greater community at the home of the new alumni center, Heritage Hall.

When will the date of Homecoming Weekend 2016 be announced?
The 93rd Homecoming & Family Weekend will take place October 7-9, 2016. To remain informed of all weekend events and activities, be sure to bookmark and revisit MyWMU.com/homecoming.

When will the event start time be announced?
The ceremony will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive between 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. to cut down on check-in congestion and enjoy the on-site couple activities.

Who will officiate the vow renewal ceremony?
A Bronco officiant and proud alumnus, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, will conduct the ceremony in a nonspiritual fashion and it will not be affiliated with any religious denomination. Mayor Hopewell is empowered by state law to officiate a renewal ceremony.

How much does it cost to participate?
To encourage guests to make the trek back to campus, the event is free of charge. If a couple wishes to make a contribution in honor of the special day, we encourage gifts to the Legacy Scholarship at MyWMU.com/give or for a brick paver on the portico of Heritage Hall at MyWMU.com/acbricks.

What if we need to cancel our registration or have additional questions?
Please contact our office in advance by calling the Concierge Line at (269) 387-8746 or emailing concierge@wmich.edu.

How do we register to be a part of the event?
Couples may register on this page or by phone via the Concierge Line at (269) 387-8746.

Is advance registration required?
Advance registration is now required by Sept 30. The Office of Development will need adequate time to communicate updates and participation instructions. Please note only pre-registered guests will receive the participant packet in the mail with the information guide and commemorative pin set.