A special date for their special date
RED WING, Minn. -- Whether couples getting married today are doing it for personal significance or the fact that the date reads 9/10/11, they've certainly selected a notable anniversary.
"It's something that they'll never forget. It's an easy number to remember," said Tom Withers, owner of Josephson's clothing store in Red Wing.
Today is turning out to be one of the busiest days in the past several years for the clothing store. Josephson's offers tuxedo rentals, and although September is already one of its fullest months, the interesting date this weekend has caused a higher spike in business.
"I was up to eight, but now I'm down to seven weddings," Withers said.
He may be down one, but he's still up several from the average two to three weddings he said he sees on any given summer weekend.
"My tuxedo companies are both saying that this is as big as July 7, 2007," Withers added, explaining that Josephson's is personally seeing more business than it did on 7/7/07.
While some couples no doubt intended to get married on 9/10/11, ironically two local brides didn't even realize they chose such a popular date for their nuptials.
Twenty-four-year-old Emma Vangsness, who got engaged to 28-year-old Kyle Siewert in June 2010, based the wedding date around the couple's work schedules. She came up with five different weekends they knew they weren't working in autumn 2011, wrote them down and mixed them up to let her fiancé make the final selection.
"When I cut out the pieces of paper and put them in the bowl, I told Kyle there was one cool date," Emma explained.
He looked back at her in confusion, wondering what could make a certain date "cool," but soon realized what she meant when he pulled out 9/10/11 by happenstance.
"It's just kind of funny how it worked out I guess," Emma added.
Red Wing bride Kelsey Bohmbach knows the feeling. She and her fiancé Steven Meyers got engaged in July last year and when searching for the right date they didn't even take notice of the unique numbers.
The two 25-year-olds originally wanted their wedding in August but found a lot of things booking up quickly and had to move into September. However, they didn't want to get married too late into fall because Steven is a farmer, so the second Saturday of the month sounded like a perfect fit.
Perfect until plans started being made, that is. Kelsey was having trouble booking different things because nearly everything seemed to be taken -- including photographers, of which Kelsey called 23 before finding someone who was available.
"I thought, 'Well, our wedding is over a year away. I can't believe that we're behind,'" she said.
The significance of the date didn't hit the couple until someone asked them what day they were getting married and Kelsey said Sept. 10.
"And he was like, 'Oh, 9/10/11,'" she said.
Suddenly it started to make sense why wedding plans were difficult to make.
The very-soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Siewert and Mr. and Mrs. Meyers are likely to bump into each other, if not today, definitely in the near future.
Not only are both couples marrying at churches in Red Wing, they also each have homes in town and plan to stick around since three of them were born and raised here.
With hectic wedding plans in the past, all that's left is to say "I do" and finish 9/10/11 off with celebrations -- Kyle and Emma at Treasure Island and Steven and Kelsey at the Knights of Columbus in Hastings.
The only potential downside to getting married on such an unforgettable date: If these grooms don't remember their future wedding anniversaries, they might be in some serious trouble with their new brides.
Regan Carstensen is a
reporter at the Republican Eagle, which is owned by
Forum Communications Co.