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A BRIDE and a birthday boy will be among dozens of people across the Hunter who will celebrate today’s date, 12/12/12.

Nicky Sims’s Scottish heritage has prompted her to tie the knot in the Hunter wine region today. 

The 30-year-old from Baulkham Hills will marry Trent Evans, 33, at the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, followed by a reception at Tempus Two winery.

‘‘My clan motto translated from Latin means: ‘Do Not Forget’. This is a date Trent couldn’t  possibly  forget,’’ Ms Sims said.

Darrius Johnson turns 12 on this unique date. He plans to cut a cake with his family at 12pm, before attending his Year 6 farewell at Hillsborough Public School tonight.

The budding actor and singer, who appeared as Peter Pan in his school musical, will attend Cardiff High next year.

While Darrius celebrates the random nature of his birthday falling on this date, a record number of NSW newlyweds have deliberately chosen the 12/12/12 to become their anniversary.

More than 120 couples have signed up to be married today at the Births, Deaths and Marriages registries in Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong and Newcastle.

It will be the last chance to get married on a date with the same number for the day, month and year for nearly 90 years.

Celebrant David Courtney, who will marry Ms Sims and Mr Evans, said wedding inquiries always increased when there was a date that was a bit different.

‘‘I will make a mention of the date somewhere in the ceremony in a light-hearted fashion,’’ he said.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show by far the most popular day to get hitched last year was November 11 – or 11/11/11.  There were 2454 weddings on that day. 

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