Brides scramble for last triple-digit date of the century.
Brides around Australia are scrambling to secure the last triple-digit date of the century for their weddings, according to marriage celebrants.
A number of celebrants told ninemsn they had been inundated with so many requests for weddings on December 12, 2012 – or 12/12/12 – they had been forced to turn couples away.
Wedding dates with interesting number patterns are always in high demand – tomorrow’s date, 10/11/12, is also a big day in celebrants’ calendars.But the 12/12/12 is even more unique because it’s the last triple digit date of the century.
Couples wanting to get married by a celebrant must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage form one month before their wedding date, which means those planning to get married on 12/12/12 must do so before November 11.And those who haven’t found a celebrant yet may face a difficult search.
Perth-based celebrant Dru Soltys said he had been forced to turn away 13 couples who wanted to get married on December 12 this year.
“That is a high number of requests for one particular day, especially given it’s a Wednesday,” he said.
Mr Soltys said triple-digit wedding dates were special because there were only 12 every 100 years.
“December 12, 2012 is particularly special because it’s the last of the century,” he said.Sydney-based wedding celebrant Coral Kortlepel told ninemsn the demand for weddings on 12/12/12 had been “hysterical”.
“I’ve got three weddings on that day and have had to give away at least 10 to other celebrants,” she said.She said many couples liked the “quirkiness” of having a notable number pattern in their wedding date.
Another Sydney-based celebrant, Sue Ireland, said unusual dates were particularly popular among Asian couples as number patterns were considered lucky in certain cultures.
NSW bride-to-be Trudy Swan and her partner Marcus McPherson have been engaged for seven years but this year decided to bite the bullet when they realised it was their last chance for a triple-digit wedding date.”We were going to get married in Bali on the 11/11/11 but we ran out of time,” she said.
“If we were going to get married on a triple digit wedding date, this was our last chance.”Ms Swan said her partner thought the triple wedding date was lucky.”But I just think it’s more interesting this way,” she said.
Some celebrants told ninemsn tomorrow’s date had proven to be more popular than 12/12/12.”The single most popular day, in terms of requests, has definitely been for November 10, 2012 – I received approximately 20 requests,” Perth-based wedding celebrant Steve Doktorovich, from The Celebrant Perth, told ninemsn.
“It was a combination of the number pattern and the convenience of it being a Saturday.”Mr Doktorovich will be performing a wedding ceremony for WA couple Emily and Aron tomorrow.
“We started dating on 10/11/01 so thought it would just be fitting that we get married on a interesting number pattern,” Emily told ninemsn.
NSW celebrant Tara Rennie said she had received a flood of last-minute requests for weddings on the 10/11/12.
“It’s simply because of the number pattern. The most typical answer from couples is that it’s easy to remember,” she said.”This is generally the bride saying it as she looks at the groom.”It wasn’t just celebrants who were in high demand for tomorrow.
Queensland wedding planner Whitney Green of Parfait Weddings and Events told ninemsn the company received “stacks” of enquiries about 10/11/12.”We got maybe 10 or 15 which is quite a lot for a small company,” she said.
Ms Green’s clients for tomorrow are Gold Coast couple Carly Roberts and Elvis Gegic.
Ms Roberts told ninemsn she liked the fact her wedding date would be unique.”We wanted to get married on the 10th anyway because it’s our anniversary but when we saw the number pattern was 10/11/12 we thought ‘that’s a cool date’,” she said.