There’s a mass rush of weddings that will be taking place on July 7th, 2007. 7/7/7.
And to the brides and grooms who were scrambling to book a church or hall for that date years ago, and to those who are now doing the same for 8/8/8, let me just take a breath and say this:
Stop the lunacy. There’s nothing special about those days. You’re just making life harder for people helping you plan the wedding.
To no one’s surprise, there are people who think that day is lucky:
Like many brides-to-be who successfully secured a location for July 7, Alice Lee, 28, insists that she isn’t superstitious. The magic date was really for her Chinese mother-in-law, who sets store by such things.
“But seven is my lucky number,” Lee admitted. “At least it’s better than getting married on 6/6/6/.”
And this lady is probably going to breed one day.
No, a 6/6/6 wedding is no different from a 7/7/7 wedding, and neither is any different from an 8/8/8 wedding. And none of those days is any better than a Friday the 13th wedding.
As a person who knows there’s no such thing as lucky numbers and doesn’t buy into idiotic superstitions, I just want to shake these people out of their delusions.
They make it sound like if they got wed a day later, their marriage wouldn’t be as special.
Reporters aren’t calling them out on it, either. Some are joining in on the idiocy. Here’s a line from an article by Kayce T. Ataiyero of the Baltimore Sun:
That 7/7/07, a date that occurs only once a century, falls on a Saturday, during a popular month for weddings, is creating the perfect storm of love, according to wedding professionals.
Shocking, I know. Now, go! Run and get married before the sun sets!
I kind of feel good knowing there are companies out there taking advantage of these moronic couples for their money or for free publicity.
Take this hotel, for example:
On the higher end, the Ritz-Carlton New York in Central Park has the Lucky No. 7 wedding package. For a group of 77, it’s offering a seven-bottle champagne toast, a seven-tier wedding cake and seven Tiffany & Co. diamonds for the bride. Room 2007 will be available for the bridal party to get ready in, and afterward, the couple gets a seven-night honeymoon at any Ritz-Carlton hotel – all for $77,777. A seven-day advance payment is required.
Let me make this clear: If there’s a significant reason for choosing a 7/7/7 wedding date (like if July 7 was the date you first met your spouse), fine. I’m not talking about you.
But if anyone is doing it because it’s “lucky,” or because it’s an easy date to remember for an anniversary, that’s just pathetic.
For what it’s worth, China isn’t any better than America. They find seven to be unlucky. But eight is ok. So 8/8/8 weddings will be big there. And the Beijing Olympics will be starting at 8:00 p.m. on 8/8/8 as well.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious to see a study a year or two from now that tracked couples who got married on 7/7/7? I suspect the divorce rates would be no different than any other day.
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