Day of bliss with a lucky twist

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07-07-07 is called most desired wedding date in history

Of all the perfect days to have perfect weddings, Saturday may be the most perfect — and popular — wedding date in history.

07-07-07.

It’s not just about luck. It also looks nice on invitations.

"People
are booking the date like crazy," said Newton wedding planner Tasha
Bracken. "You know, I haven’t seen anything that’s had as much hype
around it as 7-7-07."

Some Boston couples snagged the date years
ago, delaying their nuptials until the triple 7s arrived. Others
recently figured out that Saturday is 07-07-07 and rushed for a
last-minute ceremony.

 

"They feel like there’s some luck behind the date," said Bracken,
who is also president of Boston Wedding Group, an organization of
vendors that will be spread thin with celebrations this Saturday.

What’s
happening in Boston is a national phenomenon. Event planners across the
country say July 7, 2007, is the most desirable wedding date in
history, thanks to the fact that it falls on a Saturday.

"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria announced months ago that she and San Antonio Spurs basketball player Tony Parker would wed on July 7, for luck. The wedding website The Knot (theknot.com)
usually has 12,000 brides registered to get married on any given
Saturday in July, according to Christa Vagnozzi, the site’s senior
editor. This Saturday, 38,000 "knotties" are getting married.

The
Knot’s guide for couples having their lucky day on the lucky day
includes suggestions such as "Give your wedding party iPod shuffles
filled with your favorite seven songs," and "Do your first dance to the
Prince song ‘7.’ "

"Couples are superstitious. The wedding is
arguably the most important day in a couple’s life together," Vagnozzi
said. "I’m getting the sense that when they got engaged and realized
07-07-07 was coming they said, ‘Wow, let’s book that day.’ A lot of
sites have been booked years in advance."

Nicole Simakauskas, 26,
of Hopkinton, N.H., and John Topliffe, 27, of Weston, are getting
married Saturday. Simakauskas has made an embroidery to display at the
wedding that lists all of the important numbers. It says, "Two Hearts,
One Love, 7 07 07."

"We started dating on 11-11-01, so it all made sense," Simakauskas said. "It will make us remember our anniversary."

Stacy
Hennessy, an art teacher from Winchester, will marry Ted Murray, a
construction worker from Burlington, on Saturday. The two met six years
ago at the Billerica bar the Emerald Rose and got engaged in December
of 2005. They waited until they felt right about a date. Her mother
suggested 6-6-06. "I said, ‘No, [that’s] the devil. . . . How about
7-7-7?’ Obviously, there’s the luck thing. We’re not big gamblers or
anything. I just like numbers."

Elisabet Proppe, 30, of Needham,
refused to marry her 29-year-old fiance, Aaron Levy of Sudbury, until
he turned 30, too. His birthday is Friday, so the couple scheduled the
wedding for the very next day in Rangeley, Maine.

"If you want
numbers and symmetry, I was born 7-6-77, and my wedding is 7-7-07,"
Levy said. "I don’t know what it all means, but it must mean something."

Keri-Lyn
Mullis of Malden is having her lucky 7s wedding in Las Vegas, a city
that will see a spike in tourism this weekend thanks to the 07-07-07
wedding craze, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Authority.

Mullis and her fiance, Bill Crovo, got engaged in
December 2005. They couldn’t decide on a date but eventually noticed
07-07-07 on the calendar. Most of the Vegas chapels were already
booked, but they were able to reserve ceremony time at the Vegas
Adventure Wedding Chapel, which is performing at least 70 weddings on
Saturday.

When the couple returns, they’ll host a party for their families with a Vegas/7-7-7 theme.

"The response cards say ‘all in’ or ‘no dice,’ " she said.

For
event planners, the 7s have meant a business boom. The already-busy
wedding season has taken on a new urgency, with caterers, wedding
bands, and venues squeezing in as many Saturday ceremonies as possible.

Barbara
Kahn, a Boston-area justice of the peace, said she usually performs two
to three weddings on a Saturday but will perform four services this
weekend. She’ll end the night by attending a family wedding in
Mansfield.

"I’ve actually referred people to other justices of the peace because I couldn’t handle them all," she said.

While
07-07-07 happens once a century, wedding vendors say the number hype
will continue. Audra Siman, whose Brookline company Siman Entertainment
coordinates wedding music, said the industry is already getting the
sense that the popularity of 07-07-07 is making 08-08-08 the next hot
date.

Even if eight doesn’t have much significance in the United
States, Siman says, brides who missed out on 07-07-07 will make it a
big deal.

"[We] think people are going to make it lucky."

 

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