Saturday for luck, love

Brides and grooms will be feeling lucky in love this Saturday when many more than usual will tie the knot in the Cayman Islands because of a very special date – 07/07/07.

Weddings will abound this Saturday in Cayman when couples from both near and far exchange vows on what is considered to be a special date, because of the number seven’s association with luck.

And the 777 wedding date also happens to be a Saturday, a popular day for weddings.

Marriage Officer Joy Basdeo of Cayman Weddings has five ceremonies to deal with this Saturday, and she had to turn down another eight because the company’s other marriage officers, her parents Vernon and Francine Jackson, are otherwise engaged.

An average number of weddings for a normal Saturday would be three, she said.

‘Things are looking very hectic and every other marriage officer is in the same situation,’ she explained.

Of the five weddings Ms Basdeo is doing this Saturday, three are residents’ weddings and two are destination weddings with tourists.

The popularity of Saturday’s date for weddings only compares to Valentine’s Day, when demand is also very strong, she said.

While the number of weddings that will take place this Saturday is not yet available from the General Registry, as the marriages are only filed with the registry following the weddings, it does look like there will be a lot more than usual.

Ms Basdeo said that some couples are even getting married this Saturday at 7pm and 7am.

Indeed, one of Reverend Godfrey Meghoo’s four marriage ceremonies this Saturday is taking place at 7.07pm.

The Reverend is much busier than he usually would be with weddings on this date, as the most he has ever done before on a Saturday is two.

He also turned down another four the same day because of too many requests for a wedding around the same time at 5 or 6pm.

All of his marriage ceremonies this Saturday are destination weddings for tourists.

He commented that some brides feel their husband will certainly remember the anniversary if it is a 777 wedding. It seems to be considered lucky by some, he said, like rain falling on a wedding day.

Of course in Grand Cayman there is an extra seven that can be included, in the form of Seven Mile Beach, where three of Reverend Meghoo’s weddings are taking place.

Reverend Joseph Crawford said if he had enough time in the day he would be doing more than the one wedding he has accepted for Saturday. He had about a dozen requests for weddings, but he could only take on the one, because the time everyone wanted was between 4.30 and 6pm for a sunset beach wedding.

Although he could only entertain one wedding on Saturday, the Reverend admits that the number of requests he got was double the number he would normally get on any given Saturday.

Along with the five ceremonies she will officiate at this Saturday, Ms Basdeo will also attend her cousin Jasmine Jackson’s wedding as a guest this Saturday at Pedro St. James.

Ms Jackson, who is marrying fiancé Andrew Williams, said they chose the date last year. It was Andrew who noticed the date on the calendar and suggested it.

But Jasmine notes that seven is not just considered a lucky number in the Las Vegas jackpot (in casinos, 777 is the ultimate jackpot on the slot machines), but it has lots of significance in the bible and in Christianity in general it is considered to be lucky.

She points out that that her wedding day would be special no matter what date it falls on.

Another couple, island residents who are getting married this Saturday at Villas Pappagallo, are Al Lovinggood and his fiancée Malaqui Awe. Mr. Lovinggood said they decided on the date some years ago. They chose it because he was born on the 7th and on a Saturday and the general luck associated with the date.

According to figures provided by Donnie Dixon, Senior Assistant Registrar with the General Registry, for 2007 so far there have been a total of 654 weddings registered in the Cayman Islands, including 10 in the Brac and seven in Little Cayman.

Out of this year’s figure, 413 were tourists (cruise and stay-over visitors) and 231 were residents.

Figures in recent years show a trend for general growth in weddings, both for residents and tourists.

In 2001 there were 1015 weddings (667 of which were visitors and 348 residents); in 2003 there were 1089 weddings (691 visitor weddings and 398 residents’); and in 2006 there were 1300 weddings (770 from visitors and 530 from residents).

Even in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan hit in September damaging 90 per cent of buildings on Grand Cayman, there were 996 weddings for the year, 649 of which were for visitors, and 347 of which were residents.

Meanwhile, a Cayman Islands’ wedding has recently been featured on The Knot.com in its Real Weddings section. The wedding of island residents Thara Pillai and Joel Abdinoor is featured and it mentions Cayman Islands’ service providers Grand Old House, Lions Productions and photographer Rebecca Davidson.

The Knot receives over three million unique visitors every month and over 3,000 new brides join The Knot.com every day.

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