YOUNGER couples often choose Valentine’s Day to register their marriages compared to older couples.
Assistant registrar of marriages Datuk Ooi Foh Sing, who is also Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletic Association chairman, said couples who tied the knot at the association on Valentine’s Day were aged between 20 and 30.
“The date is very popular among the younger couples.
“Some even make their reservations to be a part of mass marriages held on Valentine’s Day at our association hall, a year ahead,” he told The Star.
However, demand for this year had dwindled by a third, Ooi revealed.
“We have far less couples getting married on Feb 14 this year as compared to previous years. Last year, we had 60 couples. It is most likely because Valentine’s Day does not fall on a weekend or public holiday this time around and it’s rather inconvenient for couples and their relatives and friends to have to take leave from work or other commitments,” he said.
Ooi said another factor could be due to the fact that many had already registered their marriages during the year end and Chinese New Year holiday period when more family members were around.
“Between December and January, there were over 100 couples who registered their marriages at our association hall,” he added.
Meanwhile, wedding plans and work commitments had got some gentlemen to reconsider popping the big question on Valentine’s Day.
Church worker Chan Wai Meng, 31, had proposed to his girlfriend, Tay Sim Yee, whom he had dated for 14 months, in December last year during a Christmas party rather than Valentine’s Day.
“I thought of holding back the million dollar question until Valentine’s Day but decided to go ahead when I realised that the planning and preparation for a wedding takes another five months.
“Although I have made the proposal, I would still make Valentine’s Day special by bringing her out to the places where we shared our best times together,” said Chan, who hails from Teluk Intan and is working in Ipoh.
Real estate agent Chai Kuen Keong, 29, had also thought of popping the question on Valentine’s Day.
“It would be an auspicious day for such an important stage in any relationship. Furthermore, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the date,” said the Ipoh Garden resident.
However, he had to postpone the great day due to commitments to family and work.
Still, Chai made it a point to put love in the air and smile on his girlfriend’s face on Cupid’s big day with a romantic dinner albeit a little earlier on Feb 12.