Sandals weddingWedding planners are in high gear, anticipating a rush of nuptials come 12/12/2012.

Such thrice-repeating-digit dates occur only 12 times in every 100 years and are considered auspicious days for weddings. This year's triple-repeating date will be the last until the year 2101.

In numerology, 12 is considered the number of completeness as reflected in the 12 months of the year, 12 signs of the zodiac and 12 hours of the clock.

Ellen Paderson, owner of Smiles and Miles Travel in Boston, said that "weddings dates get very booked up on special dates like 12/12."

Although Dec. 12 this year falls on a Wednesday, not typically a high-volume wedding day, several hotels and resorts in the Caribbean already have keyed into the date with promotions and packages.

Sandals and Beaches Resorts have 92 ceremonies on the books, spread across their 18 resorts in the Caribbean. The properties saw a record 150 couples tie the knot on 11/11/2011.

Sandals is offering a complimentary Beautiful Beginnings ceremony to all 12/12 couples who stay six or more nights.

Breezes Resorts currently has seven weddings booked at three properties in Jamaica for Dec. 12.

Couples saying "I do" on that date will receive a resort credit equal to 12% of their stay, including accommodations as well as upgraded wedding packages.

Couples celebrating 12/12 at Barbuda's nine-suite Lighthouse Bay Resort will receive an engraved gift.

In Barbados, Ocean Two Resort & Residences and South Beach Hotel have priced their traditional wedding package at $12 for all bookings that are 12 nights or longer for ceremonies planned from Nov. 1 through Dec. 12.

Also, there's a 12% discount on rooms booked directly by family and friends with the hotels.

Amaryllis Beach Resort, also on Barbados, offers a complimentary wedding package, valued at $850, when bride and groom book a suite for a week. In addition, the resort is giving a 25% discount on room rates through Dec. 21. The package must be booked by April 15.

Hilton's properties in Puerto Rico, including El Conquistador Resort, El San Juan Resort & Casino and Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, feature special 12/12 offers.

El Conquistador's Love in the Sun is priced at $5,000, which is a savings of $2,012. It includes the wedding venue, minister, photos, music, water-park passes, some drink vouchers, room upgrades and champagne and chocolate on the wedding night.

Wedding packages at El San Juan and Conrad carry a 12-room minimum booking requirement and are valid from Dec. 9 through 12.

Rates start at $139 per room, per night, double at Conrad and $169 at El San Juan, and complimentary upgrades are available.

For Caribbean and Mexico news, follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.


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