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Guest Post By: Sandy Malone, Weddings in Vieques
Have you put any thought into your actual wedding date? I don’t mean the when, so much as the actual numbers you are going to have as your anniversary date.
Mine was Sept. 4, 2004, and that’s because that was when the gorgeous hotel I wanted on Vieques Island was available. Unfortunately, we weren’t thinking about the fact that my wedding reception back at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. a week later would fall on Sept. 11, 2004 – even more significant perhaps to us because my husband was a police captain in the city at the time.
We kept the dates because we decided it was time for our friends to have something happy to think about on Sept. 11. We properly acknowledged the significance of the date and had a Krispy Kreme donut groom’s cake in recognition of the high percentage of law enforcement, who were at the reception. But I digress.
12/12/12 is just around the corner, and it’s apparently, according to many cultures and locales, the very LAST luckiest day of the century to get married. Our first wedding as a business was on 7/7/07 – the day that was supposed to be the luckiest of the century. Those clients are still happily married, and our business is doing great, so maybe there is something to this numerology thing.
I won’t share all the stories about my clients, who have actually changed their wedding dates two or three times, because astrologers and psychics advised them on better numbers for the futures of their marriage, but I’m simply admitting it has happened more than five times. But 12/12/12 is going to be different.
12/12/12 is significant for a lot of different reasons and not just because it may be the only way to get your fiancé to remember your anniversary each year. Most people have a belief that the number “12” has significance far beyond a memory game. According to Simeon the Evolutionary Collective, “Everyone’s third chakras can unite on and around 12/12/12 and be a fire on Earth to burn away the old ways and inflame the new.”
David’s Bridal surveyed brides and concluded that 43 percent of brides would consider planning their wedding on a special date such as 12/12/12. Their survey estimated that more than 5,000 brides would marry on 12/12/12 as opposed to the 485 brides, who got married on 12/12/11.
One 2012 spiritual numerology site explains that the date is “particularly promising” because it reflects a level of sensitivity and insight to all matters of the heart. The Mayans were big on the date 12/12/12 as being a momentous shift in the entire collective consciousness of the planet.
Not everybody agrees that 12/12/12 is the best date. The Chinese calendar says you should avoid the whole month if you were born in the year of the Ox. But otherwise, you should be safe.
All the numerology research I started doing to understand my clients got me excited about 12/12/12. We did a lot of weddings on 11/11/11 – an even more auspicious date depending on who you’re listening to – but 12/12/12 is special because it’s the last “luckiest day” to get married in this century (meaning your lifetime).
Now don’t think you’re totally out of luck if you aren’t planning a 12/12/12 wedding. There are lots of other numbers you can play with. Numerology guides can help you choose the “most auspicious” date for your wedding based on the sun, the moon, your birthdates, the animal you were born under, what size shoe you wear, etc. For example, I had two 6/9/12 weddings this year, and I also had a 4/8/12 commitment ceremony.
Remember, have fun choosing your date! Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!
Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a Caribbean destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and public affairs expert, Sandy has executed more than 400 destination weddings on Vieques and Culebra islands, and writes a wedding planning column for the Huffington Post.