The great date debate

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George Chinsee

Couples will choose their wedding date for a number of reasons: the date holds a special meaning for them, they always thought they'd have their wedding that time of year or the place was only available on that specific date.

This year many couples have chosen today, 8/8/08 for their wedding because of the special meanings behind the number eight, as well as it being an easy date to remember.

It's not a coincidence that the Olympics in Beijing are starting at 8:08pm on 8/8/08. In Chinese culture the number eight is seen as fortuitous. Even the word eight in Chinese sounds similar to the phrase for great fortune.

While 7/7/07, which was a Saturday, had more weddings than today will, it seems to be a trend that significant dates are just as important to a couple as the location, theme and other wedding day details.

When picking your wedding date remember to keep a few things in mind:
1. Never hold your wedding on Super Bowl Sunday, especially if there's a chance your local team may be in it.
2. Weekday weddings can be less expensive than a Saturday or Sunday night, except when the weekday is a national holiday or other significant date (8/8/08, Labor Day, Friday of Thanksgiving weekend).
3. Beware of sporting events that may cause sports fans to disappear: The World Series, World Cup and Kentucky Derby.
4. Be flexible. If you love a specific place or vendor, move your wedding date to ensure you can hire the vendors you really want. —Anne Chertoff

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