Looking to get married in Toronto on 12/12/12? You might just be in luck.
Even though the wedding chamber in city hall downtown is all booked up for the triple digit day which falls on Wednesday, Dec. 12, Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York and York chapels are still accepting bookings for the auspicious date.
“We haven’t noticed any appreciable difference in the amount of bookings,” said Andrew Kerr, who is supervisor of registry services for the Scarborough wedding chamber, located in the civic centre. Kerr said the chapel holds about 20 people and gets at least two to three marriage bookings per day, although Wednesday’s schedule shows just a handful of bookings.
“It’s not an issue for us,” he said Kerr on Thursday, Dec. 6. That’s not the case at Toronto City Hall where there are no bookings to be had, said an administrator with the privately operated wedding chambers located on the third floor of the east tower.
“We’re totally booked,” said Marna (who declined to give her last name) from the chapel. “It’s going to be a busy day.”
She said 20 wedding ceremonies are planned for each of the chapel’s two rooms, which can hold around 30 people, starting right at 9 a.m. until closing at 7 p.m.
Couples have a maximum of 30 minutes to complete the ceremony which takes around 10-15 minutes to be administered and costs $234. In Etobicoke, the historic Applewood/Shaver House has only one wedding ceremony booked for 12/12/12 - at noon. Property manager Terry Faichnie said she received several requests for noon bookings, the latest coming on Monday, Dec. 3.
“It was either that time or bust,” said Faichnie from the Homestead, which handles wedding ceremony bookings on behalf of the city. She said the original booking for the noon time slot was made back in October. Located in Broadacres Park, Shaver House is the location for “multiple” ceremonies a day, although this month so far has been slow, said Faichnie, who estimated the house, the birthplace of parliamentarian James Shaver Woodsworth, performs around 350-to-400 weddings a year in two locations within the building.
Noon wedding chapel bookings are also reserved in both the North York and York civic centres, said city manager of registry services Cathy Burns. She said no bookings are scheduled for East York, where wedding ceremonies are not administered mid-week.
Internationally, the auspicious nature of the 12/12/12 date is anticipated to cause a rush of wedding bookings.
The Clark County Marriage License Bureau serving Las Vegas is requiring couples to fill out a pre-application marriage license online in anticipation of long lines on Dec. 12. And the Bahamas ministry of tourism has released a promotional campaign highlighting 12 resorts on the Carribean island where couples can exchange vows on the date.