By the Numbers: Weddings on 11/11/11

A good friend of mine dabbles in numerology.

She can meet someone, add up the letters in their name, and determine if they will be best friends or simply acquaintances. She can tell you what numbers are “lucky” for you, and what months are the best months for business or love or adopting a puppy.

I, on the other hand, can’t even split a restaurant bill five ways without the total either coming up short, or our group leaving a 45% tip.

But lately I’ve been thinking that the numbers are aligning for me to start looking at numbers more carefully. If you’re going to study numerology, Saint Augustine is the place to start. Check out this post in wikipedia:

St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354–430) wrote “Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” Similar to Pythagoras, he too believed that everything had numerical relationships and it was up to the mind to seek and investigate the secrets of these relationships or have them revealed by divine grace.

I’ve been thinking about numbers a lot lately, as we get more and more calls from star-struck couples who want to be married at our inn on November 11, 2011–which is 11/11/11 for the numerically challenged.

(If you’re thinking about doing that yourself, you might want to consider a room for 12/12/12. We already have FOUR couples getting married on 11/11/11–and I think that’s our limit!)

So why are couples choosing this date in droves? In my highly unscientific study (I simply asked two of the people planning a wedding with us on that day), this is what I learned: there are those people (read: women) who think that a repetitive date like 11/11/11 is so scarce (this particular date won’t happen again in our lifetime–and after 12/12/12 next year, this won’t happen again until 2101, when you can get married on 1/1/1) that it simply must be good luck. Other people (men, natch) think it’s cool because 11/11/11 seems to be a date that even they can’t forget.

I guess we’ll find out on 11/11/12.

In the meantime, if you want to get married on a special date, give us a call at 904.824.4301. We have availability on 1/2/12, 10/11/12, and 12/12/12!