One Falkirk man has no excuse if he forgets his wedding anniversary.
Craig Strachan married wife Ruth (nee Amos) yesterday (Wednesday) on the 12th day of the 12th month of this century’s 12th year - 12/12/12 - a date that should be hard to forget for the 41-year-old sales manager.
It’s the last repeating date this century and couples all over the world have been packing out wedding venues to say this was the date they got married. The next time a date like this comes round will be January 1, 2101.
Gretna Green was sold out as couples flocked there for its 12/12/12 wedding package while wedding hotspot Las Vegas was due to host 10 times as many weddings as it would normally have.
It was another special date that gave Ruth (33), a chartered surveyor, the idea to get married on December 12, 2012 after her friend got hitched on September 9, 2009 (9/9/9). And the couple revealed it’s not the only date that has significance in their relationship.
Their first date was on Valentine’s Day and romantic Ruth proposed to Craig on the February 29) in 2008 and they got engaged when her man said yes.
Craig said: “I thought Ruth chose the day so that there was no way I could forget our anniversary and I didn’t really know the significance of it until I saw it all over the news this morning.”
Ruth added: “I got the idea from my friend. Part of it was so Craig couldn’t forget, but I just thought it would be a nice date to get married as well.”
The couple tied the knot at a small ceremony in Falkirk’s Registration Office at 3 p.m. yesterday, but there wasn’t any wild partying in store afterwards for the newlyweds.
As if getting married on such a memorable day wasn’t enough, they are due their first child on December 27. And if the baby comes two days early, Christmas Day will be another date to remember in the Strachan household.