Genia and Amit Senchoudhary could not be more thrilled. The couple, who took their wedding vows last year waited until Friday to register the marriage so that their marriage certificate would read 11.11.11.
“We were supposed to reach the Bandra registration office at 9.30 am, but got stuck in traffic. Luckily, this meant that we signed the papers at exactly 11.11am, which makes it even more special,” said the groom who is a television scriptwriter. The couple registered the wedding at the Bandra sub-registrar’s office on Friday.
“We were hoping that the date would bring good luck, not only for us, but for all other couples getting married today. Our friends are also quite excited by the idea because it is so unique,” said Genia, a make-up artist.
Like the Senchoudharys, dozens of city couples decided to pick the unique date for their wedding, considering it to be special as such a date would only come “once in a millennium”.
“I officiated at least 20 marriages in the morning itself. This was a popular day for couples to tie the knot,” said SR Lohakare, the registrar at the Bandra sub-registrar’s office.
Rakesh Chaudhari, 27, and Madhvi Ghadge, 26 put off their wedding for seven months so that they could get married on the perfect date. “The numbers in the date add up to six, which is the same as my birth date,” said Ghadge. Her husband added, “We had registered our marriage a few months ago and decided to cancel it till we found the right date. This turned out to be perfect and auspicious.” The newlyweds celebrated their day with a simple outing with their family and friends.
Most of the couples agreed that other than being a special date, the idea of getting married on 11.11.11 would be an excellent story to tell years from now. “We are very happy to have had the chance to register our marriage today. It is something different that most others would not have experienced, so it makes it interesting for us,” said Pragati Pawar, 26 who married her college sweetheart, Kashinath Pawar, 27.
Vishal Gardi, 28 and Anjali Bhau Dont, 25, also tied the knot at a small ceremony at their Goregaon residence. Gardi, a public servant, believed that the date provided the “shubh muhurat” that the couple was waiting for. “As a little child, when I thought of how my wedding would be, I never imagined it would be on such a day,” said Dont.
While many couples spent the day at the registration office, professionals in the wedding industry had a busy day as well. Wedding photographers Clyde and Karen D’Souza were approached by at least four couples that were getting married on Friday. “Even last year, when the date was 10.10.10, we were asked to photograph multiple weddings,” said Karen.