TALE OF THE TWOS
people have asked why we chose to get married on Saturday, February 2, 2002
at 2:02 p.m. The answer is really quite simple: We thought the date was
fun and memorable!
had always wanted to get married in the fall, as this was her favorite time of
year. However, as we were contemplating marriage in early 2001, the time tables
of engagement and wedding planning just seemed too rushed to pull off a fall 2001
wedding. Add to that fact that Amy was starting work on her Master's degree in
social work at the same time, and it just would have been quite hair raising to
contemplate holy matrimony.
started tossing around alternate dates and times, just for fun. Steve's college
Walston had just gotten married in January of 2001, proving to us that a wedding
in the dead of winter (and not around Christmas) was doable.
AFTER CHRISTMAS IS DEPRESSING
many of our friends know, Steve gets very "into" the season of Christmas.
From the lights to the music and onto what the holiday means to Christians, it's
a very exciting time of year for him. However, when the season ends, he's sort
of bummed until the next big "holiday," which happens to be his birthday
on March 2.
We thought it would be nice to put our wedding in between
the time period of Christmas and Steve's birthday so that we would continually
have an "event" to look forward to. Sounds cheesy, we know, but when
it's the dead of winter in blistery cold Chicago, you have to have something to
get pumped about!
IT BE COOL...?"
the marketing-minded person that he is, Steve started thinking about the year
2002. Knowing that January wouldn't work for a wedding date due to Amy's grad
school schedule, he said "wouldn't it be cool if we could get married on
02/02/02.... It would be funny if that was a Saturday." We quickly looked
at the calendar.
was a Saturday.
that point, as crazy as it sounds, we decided that 02/02/02 should be our wedding
date. To make it that much more "over the top," we decided on a time
of 2:02 p.m. (though getting that time to actually work was a long struggle in
planning and church politics!). The off-the-hour time was also influenced by Steve's
frustration with other events where he could never remember the times, thus typically
arriving late to attend. The theory was that people would mentally remember 2:02
in the afternoon
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT
thought the date was memorable and romantic. Steve just loved the fact that it
was cool from a promotional and marketing standpoint. Either way, the couple was
set to move forward with the day, even though the date posed difficulties from
The most obvious were winter weather patterns, especially with family coming from
distant places. We were also concerned that the September 11 terrorist attacks
would negatively impact the confidence our guests would have in flying to our
wedding. While we did get a snow storm three days before the wedding, it didn't
effect travel that much and we had a beautiful sunny day for the event.
modification on the general format of our wedding invitation broke with the tradition
of spelling out the time of the wedding. We felt that using the numerals would
help burn the 02/02/02 at 2:02 p.m. idea in people's minds much more effectively.
From the feedback we received, that seemed to work quite well.
advantage of the unique date in the dead of winter was that it was easy to book
wedding vendors compared to a summer wedding, as this was off-peak for most of
them (there's a free bit of wisdom for all you wedding planners out there).
ALL CAME TOGETHER
the end, it all worked out. Guests told us months in advance that they were looking
forward to the "02/02/02 day." It was fun to build a buzz and excitement
for an already amazing day. Ironically, the wedding didn't actually start at 2:02
p.m. Instead, it started ten minutes later at 2:12 p.m. We decided to hold off
on the start time when it was reported to the wedding party that a large accident
on an expressway near the church had closed the exit, forcing people to be rerouted.
This kept many folks from getting there at the 2:02 time, so we pushed it back.
The delay in time worked like a charm (and thank goodness our talented musicians
were able to fill the prelude with extra music!).
that's why we got married on 02/02/02 at 2:02 p.m. Thanks for asking!