Guinness Book of World Records for Marriage and Divorce

Guinness World Records LogoWe thought we’d bring you a fun post this week about world record holders for marriage and divorce. Enjoy these fun facts!

Longest marriage:  The world’s record for the longest marriage goes to Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, who were married 86 years, 9 months, and 16 days as of February 27, 2011.  Sadly, that is when Herbert passed away; he was 106 years old.  The couple had five children.

Shortest Hollywood marriage:  The shortest Hollywood marriage on record was that between screen legend Rudolph Valentino and actress Jean Acker. Valentino and Acker married in 1919 but barely was the service over before the bride began to regret to have second thoughts and decided to lock her new husband out of their honeymoon suite. After knocking for 20 minutes Valentine simply went home. In divorce proceedings, Jean Acker claimed they never consummated their union, which is not surprising given that her famed husband failed to get past the bedroom door.

Most married woman in the world:  Linda Wolfe holds record for being the most married woman in the world. She was married 23 times.  Her first marriage at 16 was for love. Her last, in 1996 was for publicity. That year she married preacher Glynn “Scotty” Wolfe. He was the world’s most married man.  Linda married a convict, a homeless man, a musician, a plumber. One husband lasted just three days. She married another man three times.

Most marriage vow renewals:  Last year, an American couple set a new Guinness World Record for the most marriage vow renewals, having exchanged their vows for the 100th time in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Lauren and David Blair from Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA, first met in 1982 and were instantly smitten with each other. Funnily enough, Lauren actually said no the first time David proposed! The couple has been married now for 30 years.  Sadly, Linda passed away in 2010, at the age of 69.

Most expensive wedding:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and his bride Princess Salama hold the world’s record for the most expensive wedding, which was held in 1981.  The prince’s father ordered a custom-made stadium to be built for the 20,000 + guests that were to attend, and at the wedding, 50 Arab and African song-and-dance troupes paraded before the princes, emirs, sheiks and ambassadors who had been flown in on 34 private jets.  In total, the extravaganza had a price tag of $100 million.

Oldest couple to divorce:  Bertie and Jessie Wood hold the Guinness Book of World Records title for oldest couple to divorce. The couple ended their 36-year marriage when they were 98 years old, and just a few years away from their 100th birthdays.  The reason for the split is not known.

There you have it, some of the most interesting world records for marriage and divorce!

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