Getting Married on Pi Day is a Thing Now

But there are indications that couples who get married on special dates might not have the same chance of succeeding.

This year’s  March 14 was a significant Pi Day. At 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., the date and time together represented the first 10 digits of π: 3.141592653.

For some math fans, Pi Day is special for more than just the opportunity to celebrate the mathematical constant Pi. It’s their wedding anniversary.

Getting married on 3/14, like getting married on Valentine’s Day or on other special number days like 01/02/03 is a popular trend. It’s a ready-made wedding theme and gives a memorable touch to the day.

There’s a catch, though: economists at the University of Melbourne found that weddings planned on “gimmick” dates are between 18 and 36 percent more likely to end in divorce than weddings on dates without that association. “The researchers say that it’s not the date itself that increases the couple’s vulnerability,” writes Crys Ja for Phys.org, “but rather what the choice of date reveals about the couple.”

“Couples who marry on ordinary dates may be more strongly influenced by characteristics of their relationships and their compatibility than those who married on ordinary dates,” researcher David Ribar told Ja.

“The decision to marry involves choices about whether and when to marry,” they write. “For some couples, considerations of when to marry, specifically the opportunity of holding a wedding on a romantically or numerically special date, may influence the decision of whether to marry.”

Pi Day weddings got a lot of coverage in 2015–3/14/15 — Super Pi Day.

But this year, too, math-loving folks are planning to get hitched. One pizza restaurant headquartered in Washington, D.C. has made headlines with its plan to host more than 50 couples in Vegas-style weddings.

The tradition began in 2015 with one wedding on March 14, which is called Pi Day because 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of the mathematical constant. &pizza celebrates the offbeat holiday because, well, pizza pie.

Whatever you do: Don’t let Pi make a wedding speech. He goes on for ever. (Sorry)

Via : Smithsonian

Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.