12/12/12 Weddings: More Than 7,500 Couples To Wed In The U.S.

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On Wednesday, the date on the calendar will read 12/12/12. It's a special date, to be sure. But for California bride DeAnna Peek, who will marry that day, the date holds extra significance.

"[The number 12] resembles a reset on a clock," Peek told HuffPost Weddings. "Like when the power goes out and your clock flashes 12 o'clock. That's why we chose 12/12/12."

Peek, 29, and her fiance, Patrick Cabrera, 33, were married 11 years ago, but they divorced in 2006 thinking they both could find better relationships.

"We married young and we had a child together," she told HuffPost Weddings. "We were apart for two years and both had bad relationships, and we realized that there really isn't a perfect person. We're at a better age now where we're ready to actually put the work in."

For Peek and Cabrera, 12/12/12 represents a fresh start, but they aren’t the only ones planning to marry on this day. Recent research by David's Bridal reveals that 43 percent of brides would consider having their wedding on a "lucky" -- or numerically special -- day. According to David's Bridal, an estimated 7,500 couples across the U.S. will tie the knot on Wednesday, a huge increase over last year when just 485 pairs married on 12/12/11.

"Weddings are one of the most important and significant events that happen in a woman's life, and the ability to able to combine that with a once-in-a-lifetime date like 12/12/12 is something that doesn't come along very often," said Brian Beitler, executive vice president of David's Bridal. "For a bride trying to make the most of her special day, a unique date like this, an iconic date like this, provides something that not many brides for the rest of this century are going to be able to do."

Beitler says that 12/12/12 also presents a good opportunity for couples on a budget: Because it's a Wednesday, wedding venues and other services are likely to be offered at a cheaper rate than they would be on a weekend.

"Brides are leveraging this date for destination weddings," Beitler told HuffPost Weddings. "By having the wedding in the middle of the week, it provides an opportunity for brides to travel early in the week, save on flights, hotel reservations and venue expenses."

At their wedding, Peek and Cabrera will symbolically "start over" with a hand-washing ceremony.

"We'll have a bowl with water, and maybe lemon slices or rose petals floating in it, and we'll wash each other's hands. The officiant will explain the significance of the hand washing -- that we're washing away any past mistakes, and the past in general. After she finishes [her speech], we'll dry each other's hands -- that's supposed to symbolize vulnerability to each other," Peek said. "The officiant knows we were married before, knows we're remarrying, so she's developing the ceremony around [the idea of] second chances."

If you want to marry on a memorable date -- like 12/12/12, which features the same number three times (considered auspicious by some), or 11/12/13, in which the date lines up in numerical order -- 12/12/12 is one of your last chances this century. Your last opportunity will be next year on 11/12/13.

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Below, DeAnna and Patrick.
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