Wedding date phenomenon cools with the weather

Posted Oct. 07, 2010, at 7:03 p.m.

A bride on her wedding day never has stepped foot upon the Rendezvous cruise boat anchored in Rockland. This Sunday, 10/10/10, Kelly S. Perry of Warren will do just that. Waiting aboard the bobbing vessel will be 25 guests and the groom, John Leland of Rockport, ready to make the ultimate commitment in the name of love.

“We usually spend every lunchtime down at the landing and we had watched the boat for a while,” said Perry, who has never boarded the 51-foot Rendezvous before. “It’s kind of a special place.”

Sunday, with such a uniform date, will be a special day for many couples across the globe. In the U.S., people will be marching to an organ tune, throwing bouquets, stuffing cake in loved ones’ faces and dancing into the night.

“I think [the date] is just easy to remember,” said Perry. “Hopefully it’ll be lucky.”

Perry and Leland met online through SinglesNet.com and took several months before they were brave enough to meet in person, even though they lived only 9 miles apart. He proposed to her on Christmas morning when she unwrapped an engagement ring.

The Brown Bag of Rockland is catering the intimate reception buffet style and a friend from Perry’s work at the District Attorney’s Office is taking pictures and cooking a layered wedding cake adorned with purple flowers.

“It depends on the weather. We may have the ceremony first and then take a two-hour cruise to Breakwater [Lighthouse] and Owl’s Head Lighthouse,” Perry said. They’ll embark on a longer cruise to the Bahamas on Oct. 11 for their honeymoon.

Though 10/10/10 may be an appealing date for a special event, it may not be as popular as previous uniform dates because it’s so late in the wedding season. Maine florists, caterers and photographers have mixed opinions.

Sally Bullard of East Boothbay, who has been a wedding planner for 13 years, has noticed a trend in popular wedding dates.

“Every year it’s either 6/7/8 or 8/9/10 or 7/7/7,” said Bullard. “You know, at some point, these are going to come to an end because there are only 12 months in a year. But any year that has sequential numbers or the same number, those are very popular days.”

Her business, A Maine Wedding, sells elopement packages that include lodging, a photographer, champagne and dinner out. She sold one for this Sunday.

“I also did one on Aug. 9 of this year [8/9/10]” said Bullard. “I think it’s neat that brides are picking numbers that are interesting, like 10/10/10 — what a great number. And the husbands will never forget it.”

She spoke with a couple from Pennsylvania who wanted their ceremony to be at 10:10 a.m. Oct. 10.

Maine Wedding Film of Augusta has no business for this Sunday, but owner James Stiles is aware of the date phenomena.

“What is really huge is 9/10/11,” said Stiles. “I’m already having a lot of brides calling me for that. I don’t know what the deal is. I thought it was just a novelty thing, but these brides are really serious about these numbers.”

Stiles films only one wedding a day and was booked for 7/7/7, 8/8/8 and 9/9/9.

“[8/8/8] was huge. I even had brides say that they would pay more money to book that day,” Stiles said. “I dealt with some people that were auctioning their services on eBay. And 7/7/7 was fiery hot, but I kind of forgot about the 10/10/10 to be honest.”

For Sept. 10, 2011, he’s working a wedding in Eastport. The bride called him last year to book the date.

“She was so excited I was available, and I’m like, ‘Yeah I’m available, it’s years from now,’” said Stiles. “She thought someone would swoop right in and get it.”

Minott’s Flowers of Portland is working two weddings this Sunday.

“Doing it on a Sunday is a little unusual, but it’s obviously because they wanted that date,” said the florist’s wedding coordinator Laurie Andrews. “One bride in particular was anxious to get the date. She booked it seven or eight months ago.”

The bride often is the one to choose the date, according to Andrews. But sometimes it’s the groom that insists on the wedding date.

A couple of years ago, Donald Tozier, 42, asked his fiancee Holly Spencer, 40, if they could be married on 10/10/10. Oct. 10 was the birthday of his father who died in 1986.

Spencer was unsure of the date because it landed on a Sunday, but eventually caved in and booked the Lucerne Inn in Dedham for the wedding. More than 100 people are attending their ceremony in a gazebo overlooking Phillips Lake.

The inn will host three weddings that day.

“It’s unusual to have three weddings. We often do two here,” said food and beverage director Brian Dougherty. “I’ve got all hands on deck here.”

Tozier and Spencer met in high school and bumped into each other again about 12 years ago. Their first date was at Bangkok Restaurant in Ellsworth, and they’ve been together ever since.

The theme of the wedding is black, white and “bling,” said Spencer. Fake diamonds and crystals will adorn the tables, flowers and wedding cake.

“With the fall foliage, it’s going to be perfect,” she said. “I’ve wanted the whole princess wedding, the whole nine yards, and that’s what I’m getting.”

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