When’s the big day?

Whether you are planning a year long engagement (some wedding venues need to be booked over a year in advance!) or a 3 month minor miracle, picking your Wedding Date is a BIG DEAL.

The timeline is really up to you all, but you might want to consider the following when choosing your wedding date:

Symbolism

Do you think it would be romantic to get married on the day that you had your first date? Or the day that he accidentally spilled his popcorn on you and after profuse apologies he asked you out and of course, the rest is history? There are plenty of dates that are symbolic to a couple. Consider these important moments in your relationship as you choose your wedding date. You can even include a note about it in the wedding program so your guests know how much the day means to you.

Season

What kind of weather do you want during your wedding? Have you always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, the light bouncing off your veil as you walk down the aisle? Weather is an extremely important factor when deciding on your big day. Want there to be beautiful flowers freshly in bloom? Opt for a spring wedding. Thinking of being on the beach and dancing late into the night? Stick with a summer wedding. Snowfall and holiday cheer equal a beautiful winter wedding. Changing leaves, spiced apple cider, and pumpkin pie mean a fall wedding is perfect for you.

Cost

An off season date can definitely save you money. It can help cut your rental venue fee down and help you book a place faster. Be sure to consider all of your other factors. Are the flowers you want going to be in bloom? Is the weather optimal for your wedding? If you choose a date mid week you may save a ton on your vendors but be sure it won’t affect your attendance. If you consider all of the important factors, you can have a fantastic wedding at a lower cost!

Days to Avoid

There are definitely dates that should be avoided. Consider religious or cultural holidays, not just your own but those of your guests. If there is a time of the year that’s extremely busy at work then it’s best not to pile on the stress. If you have some die hard sports fans, then Super Bowl Sunday, the Final Four, or the Masters weekends are not the days to get married. Be sure that there are no conflicts with other weddings, important dates such as your parents’ anniversary, or maybe even a big college reunion. Avoiding these dates will ensure that your guests aren’t torn.

 

Here’s a great list from THEKNOT.com of specific dates to consider / avoid in 2019, 2020 and 2021:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 19–21, 2019

Weekend of January 18–20, 2020

Weekend of January 16–18, 2021

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 16–18, 2019

Weekend of February 15–17, 2020

Weekend of February 13–15, 2021

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) 

Weekend of May 11–12, 2019

Weekend of May 9–10, 2020

Weekend of May 8–9, 2021

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 25–27, 2019

Weekend of May 23–25, 2020

Weekend of May 29–31, 2021

Father’s Day (always a Sunday)

Weekend of June 15–16, 2019

Weekend of June 20–21, 2020

Weekend of June 19–20, 2021

Independence Day

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of August 31–September 2, 2019

Weekend of September 5–7, 2020

Weekend of September 4–6, 2021

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 12–14, 2019

Weekend of October 10–12, 2020

Weekend of October 9–11, 2021

Halloween

(Do you want your guests to costume? Would be a Wedding for the Record books!!)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 28, 2019

November 26, 2020

November 25, 2021

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Friday, December 31, 2021

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

April 5, 2020

March 28, 2021

Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

April 12, 2020

April 4, 2021

Passover (begins at sunset)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Monday, September 6, 2021 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 until nightfall on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Sunday, December 22, 2019 until nightfall on Monday, December 30, 2019

Thursday, December 10, 2020 until nightfall on Friday, December 18, 2020

November 28, 2021 until nightfall on Friday, December 6, 2021

Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Friday, December 25, 2020

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Saturday, December 26, 2020 until Friday, January 1, 2021

Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020

Monday, April 12 until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019

Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020

Wednesday, May 12 until Thursday, May 13, 2021

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Monday, July 19, 2021

Ram Navami

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Krishna Janmashtami

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Monday, August 30, 2021

Days of Remembrance

Patriot Day

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Friday, September 11, 2020

Saturday, September 11, 2021

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Major Sporting Events

Super Bowl Sunday

February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA

February 2, 2020, in Miami, FL

February 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida

Final Four During March Madness

Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, April 4, 2020 and Monday, April 6, 2020 in Atlanta, GA

Saturday, April 3, 2021 and Monday, April 5, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN

“Unlucky” Dates

Friday the 13th 

April 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

September 13, 2019

December 13, 2019 

March 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

August 13, 2021

Leap Year

Next Leap Year: 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Following Leap Year: 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024