10/10/10—Tens of thousands of couples from all around the world got married on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010.
On just about every continent and regardless of the culture, a large number of grooms and brides exchanged their vows.
It is a well-known tradition in China to select an auspicious day for marriage. The Chinese have a saying called “tens make full circles.” When translated from Chinese to English, 10/10/10 translates into perfect luck or "perfection," so having three 10s in a row is considered by many to be a very good omen for newlywed couples.
Around 32,000 American couples got married on the day of 10/10/10, according to theweddingchannel.com and theknot.com, cited by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. However, the day did not match the record that was set on July 7, 2007, when around 54,000 brides and grooms tied the knot.
"We came to the realization that 10/10/10 would probably be the best," Adam Polhemus, 29, told the Ledger, referring to his wedding on the day. "It’s definitely an anniversary I can’t forget and screw up."In Beijing, more than 11,000 couples got married—a record-breaking number for one day. A few renowned restaurants told the New Beijing Post that many of the banquets were booked in 2009. Around 6,300 couples chose to marry on the "day of the tens," according to Beijing Evening Post.
In the UK, more than 31,000 couples would exchange their vows, according to the Daily Record.
In Las Vegas, the marriage license bureau had to extend its opening hours until midnight, according to the Associated Press.
Megan Powell, 26, and her new husband Scott Frost said their "I dos" on this auspicious day.
"We'll have something unusual in common with a big chunk of people. We'll have a much greater probability of running into couples with the same anniversary," Frost, a night club and restaurant operator told AP.