11/11/11 – an auspicious day to marry or just another Friday?
This Friday 11 November 2011 is shaping up to be a big day for weddings around Australia. 11/11/11 and other ‘double digit’ dates are considered auspicious by lots of people, particularly those from Asian cultures. Here in WA, the local registry office usually takes a maximum of eight weddings per day during the week but this Friday they are squeezing in 11 marriages to meet demand!
Ann Lord, Civil Marriage Celebrant
, is officiating at two ceremonies this Friday, which also happens to be Remembrance Day. ‘My first wedding is at 11.00am and we’re having a minute’s silence to pay our respects to fallen soldiers before we start the ceremony’, she says. ‘Friday weddings are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the usual Saturday afternoon ceremony and it’s fortunate for couples that the 11/11/11 happens to fall on this day – it makes for a long weekend for all the wedding guests’.
If you'd like to get married on a similarly auspicious day next year, book early. The 12/12/12 is a Wednesday but will be the last date of its kind this century (as there will be no 13/13/13!). But be careful - plenty of websites proclaim this to be a lucky date to marry but more than one also declare it might be the day the world ends. Oops!
Special thanks to Ann Lord
for contributing this week's blog post. Ann wrote 'Choosing a Celebrant' on page 28 of the current issue of Smitten Magazine