Big day ... for Danielle ORourke. Photo: BRENDAN RAY
Big day ... for Danielle ORourke. Photo: BRENDAN RAY

Brides in seventh heaven

SHE has got seven diamonds in her wedding band and will be married today on the seventh of the seventh, 2007.

So it's no surprise that Danielle O'Rourke is confident that her marriage will be lucky.

Danielle, who is 21 years old (or three times seven) said her husband to be Peter McAlpine chose the date because seven is his favourite number.

"He was meant to propose to me last year on the seventh of the seventh, too, but he couldn't wait and asked me five weeks early," she laughed yesterday afternoon as she sat at Darling Girls getting some essential last-minute beauty maintenance before the big day.

"I like it he'll never forget the date of our anniversary!"

Bellingen's triple-seven bride Ashlie Ahearn agrees that there will be little excuse for her husband-to-be, James Davis, to forget their anniversary, but says they didn't realise the significance of the date when they set it.

"Then people pointed it out to us," she said. "I guess it makes it a bit more special. I think it is a real blessing."

And that's exactly how fellow lucky seven bride Amy Waters of Armidale feels. Amy came to Coffs Harbour to buy her wedding gown and said she and soon-to-be-hubby Jason Riley didn't plan for a triple-seven wedding.

"We wanted a date after my birthday in late June and before his birthday in late July and during the school holidays. We didn't intend for it at all but everything has unfolded and it has just worked."

Lucky-seven weddings are being planned across the globe, according to website about.com, which is tipping it will be one of the most popular wedding dates ever.

It is believed there will be plenty of public weddings with a 'seven' theme, such as 77 couples tying the knot at once.

And, of course, thousands of couples are expected to gamble everything for love in Las Vegas, where chapels are offering wedding package deals.

The wedding industry is already preparing for the eigth of the eighth, 2008, because eight is thought to be lucky in Chinese cultures.



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