Do you feel lucky on 10-11-12, a rare sequential date?

Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:59am EDT
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By Edith Honan and Andrew Kelly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dale Frost met his boyfriend Mark Massey on a numerically significant date - August 9, 2010, or, 8-9-10. So when the couple got engaged in December, it felt natural to them to hold their wedding on another rare date, October 11, 2012 - 10-11-12.

Across New York City, couples eager for good luck on their wedding day flocked to request marriages licenses on Thursday.

"It doesn't happen very often. It was just something cool," said Frost, 23.

In fact, just two more opportunities to tie a special event like a wedding to a sequential date exist this century, November 12, 2013 -- or 11-12-13 -- and December 13, 2014 -- or 12-13-14.

Frost and Massey live in Columbus, Georgia - a state where same-sex marriages are not legal - so they decided to travel to one of the six states that recognize unions like theirs. New York began recognizing same-sex marriages in 2011.

The city clerk's office said a full count was not immediately available, but at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau there seemed to be more whoops and tears than usual.

There may be no Chinese proverb or other mystical connection to the sequential date, but wedding industry officials know it has a special allure.

David's Bridal, one of the largest U.S. bridal chains, estimates that 4,000 brides will get married on this date, up nearly fivefold from a year ago.   Continued...

Dale Frost (R) and Mark Massey (C) leave the City Clerk's Office with their witness Kenny Summers after getting married in New York October 11, 2012. The couple met on August 9, 2010 (8-9-10 in the U.S. date format) and decided to make the trek from their home state Georgia to marry in New York, where same sex marriage is legal, on October 11, 2012 (10-11-12 in the U.S. date format). REUTERS/Andrew Kelly