Did you get engaged this year or last year and are planning to get hitched in 2016? Have you picked the date of your big day yet? If not, keep in mind there are some days you may want to avoid. The Knot has put together a fabulous calendar of dates that may be less than perfect for a wedding. Check them out!
Personally Significant Days
Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce for that info), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends. Even check with relatives because there might be a date you missed!
Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities—giving everyone an extra day to recover—plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you've got your heart set on red roses—they'll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year's Eve wedding. Always weigh your options and figure out where you'd want to allocate your money. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list. Some people may want to stick to their usual holiday traditions and not attend a wedding.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of January 16-18, 2016
Presidents' Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of February 13-15, 2016
Mother's Day (always a Sunday)
Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother's Day when (or if) you become a mom? Is it too much to celebrate both each year?
Weekend of May 7-8, 2016
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016
Father's Day (always a Sunday)
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you're okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father's Day if you decide to have kids down the road.
Weekend of June 18-19, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016
Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016
Avoid it if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume or embrace the date and go all out with a spooktacular wedding!
Monday, October 31, 2016
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2016
New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you're allowed to marry at these times. Definitely check with the venue about conflicts!
March 20, 2016
March 27, 2016
Passover (begins at sunset)
Friday, April 22, 2016
Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Tuesday, July 5, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)
Monday, September 12 , 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Days of Remembrance
We're talking about historically significant days that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful—it's up to you to decide.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Major Sporting Events
If you're die-hard sports fans—or if you're worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game (let's hope they choose your wedding)—avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict. Or turn it into a celebratory event and cheer on your favorite team during the reception!
Super Bowl Sunday
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA
Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX
If you're superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures. Or take your chances and embrace the misfortune!
The Ides of March
For ancient Romans, an "ides" was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, "Beware the Ides of March" has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Friday the 13th
The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon's Code of Hammurabi doesn't include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn't until a successful novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation. Watch out for Freddie!
May 13, 2016
Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event— from getting married to baptizing a child— in a leap year would bring bad luck (but we think you'll be okay).
Next Leap Year: 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Take your time when deciding on your final date. But most importantly, choose whatever date you think is really going to work for you. The Knot also provides dates or 2017 and 2018 so if you're planning that far out, you can devour the details those calendar years as well!