Wedding Dates to Avoid

Advice on Picking a Wedding Date and Avoiding Dates that Will be a Problem Later

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Many wedding articles you'll read will provide advice on the best wedding dates for good weather and big discounts. What they don't tell you is what the worst wedding dates are. Here are some wedding dates you'll probably want to avoid.
 

Wedding Dates When Your Guests Might Rather be Somewhere Else.

  • New Year's and Christmas (Anywhere between the 23th of December and the 5th of January)
  • Thanksgiving (In US, the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, the second Monday of the month.)
  • Superbowl weekend 
  • The World Series
  • In the US, the weekend before April 15 - tax day! Okay, probably no one would rather be doing taxes, but they might be a little stressed out!
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Labor Day weekend
    While some wedding experts say these both Labor Day and Memorial Day are good days to get married (as you'll likely find cheaper rates on venues and vendors, and your guest will have three days to travel), wedding guests often have other plans for these weekends. It's also harder and more expensive to travel on those weekends.

Wedding Dates That May Bring Bad Luck

  • Weekends that include a Friday the 13th
  • The Ides of March (March 15)
  • September 11
  • Daylight savings days (since your guests may either arrive an hour early, or show up horribly late.)

Religious Observances

  • If you are Jewish, or many of your guests are Jewish, you may wish to avoid Friday evening weddings, and Saturday weddings before sundown. You'll want to consult a Jewish calendar before setting your date. Don't marry on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. Most synagogues frown on marriages during the Days of Awe (the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), as that is a very busy time. Depending on your community or denomination, you may be able to get married immediately after Passover, or may have to wait until after either Yom HaShoah or Shavout.

     

    • If you are Christian, or many of your guests are Christian, you'll want to avoid Holy Week (from Palm Sunday Weekend through Easter Sunday), and Christmas weddings (weekends around December 25). Some churches find Sunday weddings after the service a joyful celebration of the Sabbath, others frown on a wedding during the day of rest. Check with your congregation to be sure. Also, be aware that December is a busy month for most Christians, and thus it is better to plan a wedding for a different month if many of your guests are Christian.
    • If you are Muslim, or many of your guests are Muslim, be aware that Shawwal is considered a favorable time for a wedding, but the sacred months of Muharram and Ramadan are very bad times for a wedding. Many Muslim weddings occur on Sunday. You'll want to consult your mosque before selecting a date, of course.