Wedding date perfect 10 for couple
THE attraction of saying “I do” on an unforgettable date appealed to engaged couple Michelle Alder and Jamie Sellars, who will tie the knot tommorow on the most memorable date of the year, 10/10/10.
They are one of many couples around the world who have organised their big day for the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of the century.
Groom-to-be Jamie said they wanted to set a date that was easy to remember.
“When we got engaged about 17 months ago, I actually wanted the wedding to be on the 11th of the 11th in 2011,” he said.
“Michelle wanted to be married on the 9th of the 9th in 2009. She couldn’t wait that long (for 11/11/11) and I thought 9/9/9. was way to soon.”
Michelle is the fourth generation of her family to be married in St Patrick’s Church in Gympie.
Her great grandparents, John and Minnie Lyden, were married in 1912, her grandparents Kevin and Pat Lydon were married in 1943 — the first double wedding held in St Patrick’s church — and her parents Maree and Grahem Alder were married there in 1970.
“Family weddings have always been at St Patrick’s, it’s a beautiful church with a lot of history,” Maree said yesterday.
Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages had received significant interest from couples who wanted to exchange vows on the 10th day of the 10th month in the year 2010.
He said it was a significant date as the number 10 traditionally meant “complete” and “perfect” in the Chinese community.
Mr Dick said 18 couples had booked weddings at the registry’s marriage room in Brisbane for Sunday, which followed last year when 27 couples were married at the Brisbane registry on 09/09/09, and the previous year when 32 couples wed on 08/08/08.
“It was also busy in 2007, with 14 weddings at the Brisbane registry and a total of 581 taking place across the state on 07/07/07,” Mr Dick said.
“Couples also have their eye on marrying on Wednesday 20/10/2010, which is more weddings than we would usually conduct on a weekday.
“I have no doubt the reasons for getting married on these particular dates are as varied as the couples themselves. I hope every couple married on October 10 enjoys a healthy and happy life together.”