Many brides consider it lucky to get married on an iconic date like today -- 12/12/12. At the very least, it's a convenient way to remember your wedding anniversary!
According to a recent study by David's Bridal, 43% of brides have considered getting married on an iconic date, and the retailer estimates that 7,500 couples will tie the knot today -- an increase of 1446% from the previous year.
"Iconic dates have become a trend in the United States, reaching new heights when over 65,000 couples tied the knot on 07/07/07," said Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer for David's Bridal. "12/12/12 marks the last triple number sequence of the century, so it has its own special significance."
Erika Mann and Peter Strain, of Guelph, ON, are among the many couples who will say "I do" today. The couple have been engaged for almost six years, but having two children together and moving cities meant putting their wedding plans on hold. Erika is currently on maternity leave and will have to return to work early in the New Year. So, in September, the busy couple decided they would get hitched by the end of the year and chose 12/12/12 as their very special wedding date.
It's fitting that the couple wed on this iconic date, since the number 12 bears some significance in their lives: Peter's birthday is April 12, and Erika's grandparents celebrated their wedding anniversary on October 12 for nearly 60 years of marriage.
"My grandpa absolutely adored my grandma," Erika told us. "He worshiped the ground she walked. It was a joy to be around that. I always thought they had the perfect marriage."
The number has always been lucky for Erika and she believes it will continue to be so in her marriage. "12 will either seek us out, or we'll seek it out," she says.
This is the second marriage for Erika and the first for Peter. The couple's ceremony will be held at The Albion Hotel, followed by an intimate reception of 20 guests in the same venue.
We wish Peter and Erika (and all of the other couples who will wed on this lucky date!) a marriage that is as long and fulfilling as the one that Erika's grandparents shared.
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