Brides ready for 'once-in-lifetime' 12-12-12 weddings

Victoria Regina and her finace, Kenneth Tindal, will Victoria Regina and her finace, Kenneth Tindal, will be married on 12/12/12. (Dec. 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

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Calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime thing," Deborah Reynolds will marry Wednesday, precisely at noon.

She'll exchange vows at Huntington Town Hall at 12 on 12/12/12 -- the last time this century when date, month and year match.

Reynolds, 55, of East Northport, sees personal significance attached to the rare alignment of numbers. After all, she got engaged two years ago on 12/12.

At the very least, she said, it's highly doubtful her future husband, Frank Maly, 57, will ever forget their anniversary.

Thousands of other brides and grooms across the country apparently have the same idea.

The Knot Wedding Network, a resource for brides, reports that 7,231 of their members plan to marry Wednesday, compared with 6,645 on the following Saturday, a more traditional wedding day.

Couples are always looking to make their weddings memorable, said Anja Winikka, site director for TheKnot.com, and 12/12/12 is "the last chance" to tie the knot on such an iconic date.

Seven couples are booked for weddings Wednesday in the Islip Town board room, said town clerk Olga Murray, who, anticipating the rush, arranged for three other officiants to be on hand.

Some people believe the number 12 represents completeness, Murray said. Multiply it by three and "it's almost like a trifecta."

Reynolds, a Target cashier, intends to carry a bouquet of red roses held together with a white ribbon inscribed with triple 12s.

"Debbie loves dates," said Maly, a building engineer in New York City. He said he signed off on the wedding date because 12 is a lucky number for him, too.

"I figured it was a good time. Maybe we need a little bit of luck with everything going on in this world," he said.

The number 12 carries no significance for Victoria Regina, 34, of New Hyde Park.

She's one of five brides set to marry Wednesday at North Hempstead town hall or, weather permitting, outside at the town's gazebo. When she called to see what dates were available for the civil ceremony, she chose 12/12/12.

Since then, some friends and family members have questioned her choice.

"Who gets married on a Wednesday?" they asked.

But Regina, a teacher's assistant, said her mother came to her defense, noting, "12/12/12 will never happen again."

"The date is amazing," said Regina's fiance, Kenneth Tindal, 45, but not as amazing as their interrupted love story.

"We're finally together," said Regina, who met Tindal 17 years ago, lost touch, and reconnected in June 2010 via Facebook.

For Fran Navratil and Tom Lisner of Amityville, the original plan was to elope to Las Vegas in September, accompanied by a few close family members. But Lisner's father fell ill and they postponed the long-distance nuptials.

The couple met when she was 14 and both were living in Manhasset, becoming on-again, off-again high school sweethearts, she said. A couple of years ago, they reconnected. Lisner, 31, now runs a custom race car fabrication business in Babylon.

They decided to marry at the Town of Hempstead building, thinking 10/11/12 would have been be a good date. Instead, they took it up a notch: 12/12/12.

"We thought it was cool," said Navratil, 30, who works in digital advertising. "It's one more thing to add to the uniqueness of our relationship."

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