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Whether you are planning a year long engagement or a 3 month minor miracle, picking your Wedding Date is the key first step. Even if you are just planning a big party or event, we have some things to consider along with some dates you may want to avoid below.

Symbolism

Do you think it would be romantic to get married on the day that you had your first date? 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? 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.

Days to Avoid

There are certainly 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 at either of your offices, 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 family dates, or 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 2020, 2021 and 2022:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 18–20, 2020
Weekend of January 16–18, 2021
Weekend of January 15-17, 2022

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 15–17, 2020
Weekend of February 13–15, 2021
Weekend of February 19-21, 2022

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 23–25, 2020
Weekend of May 29–31, 2021
Weekend of May 28-30, 2022

Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Monday, July 4, 2022

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 5–7, 2020
Weekend of September 4–6, 2021
Weekend of September 3-5, 2022

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 10–12, 2020
Weekend of October 9–11, 2021
Weekend of October 8-10, 2022

Halloween

Up to you, could be fun and in costume!

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Monday, October 31, 2022

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 26, 2020
November 25, 2021
November 24, 2022

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Friday, December 31, 2021
Saturday, December 31, 2022

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Palm Sunday

April 5, 2020
March 28, 2021
April 10, 2022

Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020
April 4, 2021
April 17, 2022

Passover (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, April 15, 2022

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Friday, August 5, 2022

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Monday, September 6, 2021 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Sunday, September 25, 2022 until nightfall on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 until nightfall on Thursday, September 16, 2021
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Thursday, December 10, 2020 until nightfall on Friday, December 18, 2020
Sunday, November 28, 2021 until nightfall on Monday, December 6, 2021
Sunday, December 18, 2022 until nightfall on Monday, December 26, 2022

Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2020
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Sunday, December 25, 2022

Kwanzaa

Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020 until Friday, January 1, 2021
Monday, December 26, 2022 until Sunday, January 1, 2022

Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020
Monday, April 12 until Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saturday, April 22 until Sunday, May 1, 2022

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

Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020
Wednesday, May 12 until Thursday, May 13, 2021
Monday, May 2 until Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Monday, July 19, 2021
Saturday, July 9, 2022

Ram Navami

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Krishna Janmashtami

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Monday, August 30, 2021
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Major Sporting Events

Super Bowl Sunday

February 2, 2020, in Miami, FL
February 7, 2021, in Tampa, FL
February 6, 2022, in Inglewood, CA

Final Four During March Madness

Saturday, April 4, 2020 and Monday, April 6, 2020 in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 3, 2021 and Monday, April 5, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, April 2, 2022 and Monday, April 4, 2022 in New Orleans, LA

Leap Years 

If you hate the idea of annual anniversary celebration, then a Leap Year wedding is for you. You’ll have to wait a while to schedule it though, unless you jump on a civil ceremony two weeks!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Thursday, February 29, 2024