Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 11, 2012

12-12-12

Repeating-date trend popular for weddings

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Far from being the end of the world, 12-12-12 is the date many have chosen to start their lives together.

The repeating-date trend for weddings may have started on Jan. 1, 2001, said the Rev. Marty Gute at the Catlettsburg Wedding Chapel.

“I have several weddings tomorrow and I will probably have some walk-ins, too,” Gute said Tuesday, explaining there is strong demand for nuptial services any day that has matching numbers.

“I married the Hillbilly Hot Dog people on 1-1-01,” Gute said, adding many who are married on matching-number days tend to celebrate their anniversary by renewing their vows in a different location each year.

“On 11-11-11, I did 11 weddings that day, and people wanted me to do it at 11 o’clock, and wanted me to have it end in 11 minutes,” Gute recalled with a sigh and chuckle.

Beyond any science or superstition, Gute said he believes there may be a simple explanation for many who want to wed on days with repeated digits. “It seems to be easier on the groom’s side to remember the anniversary that way.”

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.