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Dates to Avoid When Planning Your Wedding

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Dates to Avoid When Planning Your Wedding

Choosing the date is vital when planning a wedding. If you decide on a date difficult for your guests, more than a few may decline. July 4th is a celebration of love, but a different kind—love of a country. Independence Day, traditionally, is celebrated with fireworks, not florals.

When you and your future hubby are considering the all-important date, consider the following, more or less, not the best time to say your vows:


Let’s discuss the whys and why nots. If you hold your wedding on a holiday weekend, you gain an extra day for festivities and recovery, but your guests may have standing plans with their families or other events already calendared. Hotels and airfares as well as venues and florals usually increase around Valentine’s Day, so beware of Cupid! Holidays to avoid in 2017 and 2018:

  • Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) – Do you really want to have your anniversary conflict with mom’s special day?

May 13–14, 2017

May 12–13, 2018

  • Father’s Day (always a Sunday) – Same objection as Mother’s Day. Plus: Brides, if you and your husband decide to have children, you wouldn’t want him to have to woo you when he should be enjoying his kids’ appreciation.

June 17–18, 2017

June 16–17, 2018

  • July Fourth­ – Backyard barbeque not bridal bouquets!

July 4, 2017

July 4, 2018

  • Labor Day (always a Monday)

September 2–4, 2017

September 1–3, 2018

Other Considerations

  • Halloween – If you want “Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long-legged Beasties and Things that Go Bump in the Night” (from traditional Scottish prayer) amongst your guests, this is the ideal way to summon them! If not, then perhaps consider another day than All Hallows Eve.

October 31, 2017

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  • Thanksgiving Time (always a Thursday)

November 23, 2017

November 22, 2018

  • New Year’s Eve – Again, other plans may interfere—likely a bottle of Champagne and ringing in the New Year! And beware of high prices.

You might want to avoid: religious/cultural holidays like Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Hanukkah (begins at sunset), Rosh Hashanah, etc.; Days of Remembrance such as Labor Day, Pearl Harbor Day, etc.; unlucky dates (Ides of March, Friday 13th) if you are superstitious, and BIG ONE—Major Sporting Events!

Want an empty house? Have your wedding on Super Bowl Sunday (February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX, February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN)

Last but not least, wouldn’t you prefer to sidestep Leap Year complications? FYI, next one is Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Wedding planning should be an enjoyable experience for you both, but almost every couple faces a moment or two that feel like pure torture. Remember that if it happens to you.

When you look at selecting a date, think about the above list. Your future husband might not want to miss Super Bowl Sunday!

Happy planning!

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