You’re in love; he’s popped the question, plans are in full force, now it’s time to set a date. But not just any date, the perfect day and for that to happen, It’s crucial to avoid dates that are already hard-coded into the calendar and should you choose them, it could make your special day, less spectacular. Below, and in our opinion, these are dates you should carefully consider if it is the right or wrong choice..
Choosing a holiday weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day, or possibly Valentine’s day could be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, if you have a long weekend, having Monday as a holiday gives everyone an extra day to decompress, travel or simply take a breath before heading back to regular life. On the other hand, holiday weekends could have hotels overbooked, bands already busy and venues charging more for the day.
TIP: If you do choose a holiday weekend, Sunday may be an excellent choice since most will pick Saturday. Keep in mind though, if choosing a church wedding, you don’t want to conflict with Sunday service, so schedule in the afternoon.
Also keep in mind floral arrangements, particularly red roses, every girl’s dream, but tough to pull off on Valentines Day. No, not impossible, but think of all the guys buying flowers for their special someone, which makes the demand high and the supply limited and potentially, the price high.
Martin Luther King DAy
Just as Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday, Martin Luther King day is always on a Monday. That could be a perfect day since the weekend will be mostly clear and possibly allow extra travel. Dates are:
January 14–16, 2017
January 13–15, 2018
January 19–21, 2019
Presidents’ Day which honors several of America’s greatest is also always on a Monday. This is traditionally a time of national pride, but not that famous of a holiday so it could be a good choice.
February 18–20, 2017
February 17–19, 2018
February 16–18, 2019
Mother’s Day always lands on a Sunday and has the potential to be an excellent choice.
There are however several things to keep in mind, are the moms on both sides of the fence okay with this date? Do you want to (later in life) share your own mother’s day with the anniversary of your wedding? Neither of those is show stoppers, just considerations.
May 13–14, 2017
May 12–13, 2018
May 11–12, 2019
Memorial Day is one of my favorite choices since it marks the beginning of Summer, which may or may not work for you. Memorial day is always on a Monday.
May 27–29, 2017
May 26–28, 2018
May 25–27, 2019
Father’s Day is always on a Sunday, which could be perfect, but do remember church services and the timing of the day.
As with Mother’s Day, check with the dads of both the bride and groom and see if they have any issues with this date. Likely they won’t, but they’ll appreciate your asking. What about the groom, are you okay sharing your anniversary with what one day will be your special weekend? Might not matter now, but it’s something to consider.
June 17–18, 2017
June 16–17, 2018
June 15–16, 2019
July 4th -Independence Day
Some marriages are destined to have fireworks, so if that’s you, this could be the ideal date. And if you plan it right, you could have a fireworks show in the background as both of you come out the door.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Labor Day like several of the other holidays, always falls on Monday. This is usually a laid-back weekend, which could make it the perfect weekend for your wedding.
September 2–4, 2017
September 1–3, 2018
August 31–September 2, 2019
Columbus Day – another one that always falls on Monday. Traditionally there aren’t a lot of mega festivities on this holiday, so it’s one to keep on your radar.
October 7–9, 2017
October 6–8, 2018
October 12–14, 2019
Now, this one is a little different, and only you will know if it fits. If you want a unique wedding with everyone in costume, then this is the perfect date. However, if you’re looking for something more traditional, be advised that some guests may show up in costume. It could be a grand time or a monumental disaster, in either case, it will be a memorable one.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Thanksgiving is a known entity, and unless the entire family and extended family are in on the game, it’s not the perfect date. People are traveling to and fro across the country which might make it difficult for guests to attend. Also, hotels will likely charge more on this weekend.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, November 28, 2019
We’re not even going to mention Christmas since if that’s the date you’ve chosen, you likely already know the obstacles. It could be a themed wedding close to Christmas, but do realize that, like Thanksgiving, many people will be away visiting family.
New Year’s Eve
There are parties galore on this day, so your reception could be the perfect place and time to welcome in the new year and the new life you’re getting ready to begin.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Monday, December 31, 2018
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
As you think about your date, think about the people, family, and friends who’ll attend, or want to visit. Are there times when they just can’t come? Are there religious dates and holidays which may preclude their attendance? A bit of planning ahead of time can save you a lot of woes as the wedding date approaches.
Whether or not you’re religious, there will be those attending who are. There also may be restrictions set by the church concerning whether or not weddings can be performed on certain religious holidays.
April 9, 2017
March 25, 2018
April 14, 2019
Without a doubt, nearly every Christian church around the world will have something special planned for Easter.
April 16, 2017
April 1, 2018
April 21, 2019
Passover begins at sunset, so it’s okay to have festivities earlier in the day. Do be mindful that those of the Jewish faith may have to leave before your reception is complete.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, March 30, 2018
Friday, April 19, 2019
This also begins at sunset, so think of this date the same way you’d think of Passover.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Wed, Sept. 20th, 2017 thru twilight Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2017
Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2018 continuing thru twilight Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2018
Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2019 continuing thru twilight Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)
Friday, Sept. 29th, 2017 continuing thru twilight Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2017
Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 2018 thru twilight Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 2018
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, continuing thru twilight Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
While this begins at sunset, like many Jewish holidays, you can look at these days the same way you’d look at Christmas; it is a day and time that is full of family and likely many commitments will already be in place. It could be the wedding of a lifetime, just be sure to check with your family and extended family to be sure there are not inevitable conflicts.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, continuing thru twilight Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Sunday, December 2, 2018, continuing thru twilight Monday, December 10th, 2018
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 continuing thru twilight Monday, December 30th, 2019
Monday, December 25, 2017
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Tuesday, December 26, 2017, until Monday, January 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019, until Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Dates for Ramadan will vary based on the lunar calendar.
Friday, May 26 until Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 15 until Thursday, June 14, 2018
Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Dates for Eid al-Fitr will vary based on the lunar calendar.
Saturday, June 24 until Sunday, June 25, 2017
Thursday, June 14 until Friday, June 15, 2018
Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019
The dates for Eid al-Adha will vary depending on the individual family traditions. It lasts for approximately four days.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Monday, March 26, 2018
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, September 3, 2018
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Days of Remembrance
There are days that could be very special to you, or they could be days to avoid. This could be the anniversary of September 11th, Pearl Harbor Day, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, etc. These are days when the world took notice of an event. They could be memorable days for a military wedding or days that should be contemplated away from a wedding. Only you and yours can make that decision.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Friday, December 7, 2018
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Major Sporting Events
There are some days which are extremely important to sports fans, while others will take little notice. That said, choosing a wedding on SuperBowl weekend, could be problematic since that is a weekend that many watch the game, even if they aren’t diehard fans. The same could be said for baseball’s world series or Basketball’s Final Four.
Super Bowl Sunday
February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX
February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN
February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA
Final Four March Madness
Saturday, April 1, 2017, and Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ
Saturday, March 31, 2018, and Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio, TX
Saturday, April 6, 2019, and Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN
Only you know if you or a family member is superstitious. Do they consider Friday the 13th unlucky? If yes, or if you do, then you might consider avoiding what is historical, unlucky days.
The Ides of March
To some, the middle of March is merely another day closer to Spring, to others who utter the phrase, “Beware the Ides of March,” it is a day to be avoided. Yes, it’s not the day for a Roman-themed wedding, but it could be a perfect day for you.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday, March 15, 2019
Friday the 13th
I’m not superstitious, but even I think twice when it’s Friday the 13th. In one sense it’s simply a day on the calendar, in another direction, it dates back to biblical times and could be referencing the thirteen present at the last supper of Jesus. Others date it even further back in time; you be the judge on whether or not this has any bearing on you and your life.
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019
The Romans and Greek consider starting a new life, or life event on leap year brought bad luck and should be avoided. That was, of course, centuries ago and has no bearing on today, unless to you, it does?
Next Leap Year: 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Following Leap Year: 2024
Thursday, February 29, 2024
All these dates are given to help you make and informed decision. We want your wedding day to be unique, and filled with blessings. Use this as a guide to choose your special date.