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Vegas weddings abound as numbers align on 9-9-09

Malaysia;Sept. 9, 2009

Newly wed couples pose at a photo session during the mass wedding ceremony at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. The 200 newly wed couples tie their knot on the special date 09.09.09, which is a lucky and popular wedding date. The word for 'nine' in Chinese sounds similar to the word which means 'forever'.

Two years after Las Vegas chapels hit the wedding date jackpot with lucky sevens, it's all eyes on the nines for 9-9-09.

Wedding officials in Sin City and elsewhere staged a marathon set of nuptials and vow renewals on Wednesday during what was anticipated to be of the busiest days of the year — the quirky date of Sept. 9, 2009, or 9-9-09.

The New York City Clerk's office said 200 couples had wed by midday at its refurbished marriage bureau — about four times the Wednesday average. Nine couples in Hollywood spent 99 cents each to get married at a 99 Cents Only store on Sunset Boulevard.

Jessica Skrutvold of Las Vegas said she and her husband-to-be Chad Lyons were expecting nine guests for their 9 pm wedding, which coincidentally celebrates her favorite number.

"The easiest day for my poor memory to remember was 9-9-09, and we've been doing everything last-minute ever since," said the 31-year-old who works for a local insurance agency. "It was easy, and both of us can remember it and never forget."

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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