Wedding Dates to Avoid in the Next 3 Years

Amber Clark

Jul 06, 2016

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Wedding Dates to Avoid in the Next 3 Years

Choosing a wedding date is a very personal experience. You might choose a date that has emotional significance for you as a couple, such as an anniversary. Perhaps you'll pick a date based on your chances of getting great weather in your locale. You may even choose a date simply to get your preferred venue.

However you approach the decision, one thing you shouldn't do is look for a trendy string of numbers or wildly popular weekend for celebrations. This tactic can result in some serious battles for wedding resources on the coveted days. Choose an original date instead and enjoy your pick of vendors and venues with minimal competition.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekends may seem like a great choice because your guests and wedding party will have some extra time off. However, this is a universal truth and you won't be the only couple to realize it. Avoid these holiday weekends:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Rosh Hashanah (Begins on a Sunday in 2016 and 2018)
  • Yom Kippur (on a Friday and Saturday in 2017)
  • New Year's Eve (on a Saturday in 2016, Sunday in 2017, and Monday in 2018)

Major Holidays

While these holidays don't fall on a weekend in the next three years, they'll still create enough buzz to garner you some competition for wedding resources. Where these occur on a Monday, you should avoid the weekend before.

  • Independence Day (on a Monday in 2016)
  • Halloween (on a Monday in 2016)
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas (on a Sunday in 2016 and Monday in 2017)
  • Kwanzaa
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Eid al-Adha (on a Monday in 2016 and Friday in 2017)
  • Ram Navami (on a Monday in 2018)
  • Krishna Janmashtami (on a Monday in 2018)

Big Sporting Events

Whether you're a sports fan or not, booking a wedding for one of these days will result in a lot of competition both with other couples and with your guests' calendars.

  • Super Bowl Sunday (February 5, 2017, February 4, 2018)
  • Final Four of March Madness (April 1 and 3 in 2017, March 31 and April 2 in 2018)

Trendy Number Strings

Trendy strings of numbers are increasingly popular for couples who want a date that's easy to remember. Avoid these weekend dates that are sure to get some extra attention in coming years, and keep an eye out for similar dates as you're planning.

  • 5-6-17
  • 7-8-17
  • 9-9-17
  • 11-11-17
  • 3-3-18
  • 5-5-18
  • 7-7-18
  • 9-9-18
  • 11-11-18

Unlucky Options

If you're superstitious at all, you should avoid any unlucky days in the coming years. There's a Friday the 13th in May 2016, January and October 2017, and April and July 2018. The Ides of March falls in the middle of the week the next few years, but avoid March 15 if you are considering a weekday wedding.

If you want to stay away from competing brides and ensure a date when your guests are unlikely to have other plans, keep these options off your calendar in coming years.

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