8 1 8 1 8 – a significant wedding date

8 1 8 1 8 – a significant wedding date

You might be surprised at how many couples pick their wedding date based on just that…the date.

I will never forget July 7, 2007 or 07-07-07.  I did twenty-six weddings that day.  Yes, you heard right, twenty-six.  I managed a wedding chapel that had both an indoor and outdoor chapel.  The demand was so high on 7/7/7 that instead of allotting an hour for a ceremony booking, I did 1/2 hour ceremony bookings and alternated the indoor and outdoor venues.  So all weddings on the hour were held indoors and all weddings on the 1/2 hour were held outdoors.  That way, if anyone was running late or people wanted to socialize a little longer after the ceremony, no two weddings would cross paths.  And you know what?  No one complained about time constraints because those couples only cared about getting married on that particular date.  And while twenty-six weddings in one day sounds like a recipe for disaster, it went off without a hitch.  No pun intended.

Because 07.07.07 received such media attention it saw an uprise in subsequent popular wedding dates and was definitely the beginning of a trend for 09/09/09, 10/10/10, 11/11/11, and 12/12/12, and then some like 9/10/11, 10/11/12, etc.

Significant dates don’t come around often, but today is one of them.

The number eight is considered lucky by numerologists and is especially auspicious in some Asian cultures. In Chinese, a day is considered lucky if it sounds like a word that is positive. The words for the number eight are ba in Mandarin and paat in Cantonese, which sound similar to the words for prosperity, fa in Mandarin and faat in Cantonese.

Eight is considered the luckiest number and to some, means money, power and fame and can be considered an equalizer because on its side it resembles the symbol for infinity.   So today’s triple-eight day just might be the most auspicious day for believers of lucky numbers, at least those who won’t be around for 8/8/2088.

Or maybe they just pick these dates because it’s easy to remember.

So a big congratulations to all who were married today.


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