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Bride says triple 12s a fine day for a wedding

LaurDrumm JoshuBonkowski are getting married Wednesday — 12/12/12.  |  Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Laura Drumm and Joshua Bonkowski are getting married on Wednesday — 12/12/12. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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A dozen 12 references

In math, 12 is the smallest number with exactly six divisors.

There are 12 Days of Christmas.

Twelve-step recovery programs.

In Greek mythology, Hercules has 12 labors.

Twelve months in a year.

Twelve signs of the zodiac.

Hall of Famers Wade Boggs (baseball), Joe Namath (football) and Bob Griese (football) all wore No. 12.

Twelve people have walked on the moon.

King Arthur’s round table has 12 knights.

Milton’s “Paradise Lost” is divided into 12 books.

There are 12 basic hues on a color wheel.

In 10-pin bowling, 12 is the number of strikes needed for a perfect game.

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Updated: January 13, 2013 6:10AM



If pressed, Laura Drumm can think of a dozen reasons to get married on 12/12/12, but she prefers one: “I just like the number; I have a good feeling about it,” she said.

The Oak Forest woman will wed her longtime boyfriend, Joshua Bonkowski, at the Bridgeview courthouse Wednesday.

“I requested to be married at 12:12,” Drumm said, “but they just laughed and said, ‘Ah, no.’”

That’s OK, the ceremony is set for 12:30. Drumm will wear a satin dress hand-made by her mother, Judy Drumm.

Afterward, the happy couple, along with family and friends, will head to Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in Orland Park for a special brunch. Then the newlyweds will take off for an extensive tour of Michigan.

Drumm said a larger reception will be held after the holidays.

The triple 12 combination is the last consecutive number sequence this century.

According to a survey by David’s Bridal, many people consider date sequences to be lucky, especially when it comes to romance. An estimated 43 percent of brides have considered planning their wedding on an iconic date, according to the “What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey. Some feel it will bring years of happiness to the marriage, others simply want an easy way to remember their anniversary.

The bridal chain estimates that 7,500 brides will wed on 12/12/12, while only 485 did on 12/12/11.

Courtney Greve, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Clerk’s office, said, “A lot of couples come in and tell us they’re going to get married on 12-12-12.”

They won’t know how many for sure, though, until the end of business Wednesday because anyone who takes out a license has 60 days to seal the deal, by law.

Drumm, 31, was introduced to the number 12 when she was a freshman at Oak Forest High School. Not only did she make the soccer team, she made varsity and was given the No. 12 jersey.

That set in motion some good vibes about the number deemed the longest one-syllable word in the English language.

She won a few times in Illinois Lottery games using 12. And she and Bonkowski, 37, first kissed on Jan. 12, 11 years ago.

“When I realized in June or July that the date 12/12/12 was coming, I was determined to get married that day,” Drumm said.

Drumm and Bonkowski, of Chicago Ridge, met while both were working at Bank Financial in Orland Park. Today, he works in the bank’s corporate office in Burr Ridge and she has two receptionist jobs, one for a local dentist, the other for a doctor.

“I can’t explain my fascination with 12; it’s just a feeling,” she said. “It’s a cool thing to have a running number.”

When she began telling people that she was going to be married on Dec. 12, “They were like, ‘Yeah, sure,’” she said.

Is the couple hoping to have a dozen kids, like in the movie, “Cheaper by the Dozen”?

“I would love it, but probably not,” Drumm said.

Her lucky number may surface in another way, though. Recent weather reports call for a drop in temperatures. There’s a chance it could dip to 12 degrees on their wedding day. This is December, after all.

“That’d be awesome,” Drumm said.



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