Now that you are getting married, it is officially time to set the date and let everyone know that you will be having your wedding on that special date. However, it is not always easy to just pick a date and get married. What if you mistakenly chose a date that falls into a special holiday and most of your guests could not attend? It would be such a waste if you would not be able to get everyone together because of the wrong day. To help you pick the right wedding date, here are some dates to avoid on your big day.
Who says you and your friends do not have personal holidays? Personal holidays are dates that are particularly important to an individual. It can be college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, baptism, or other events. This can also be big conventions, parades or festivals in your own city. To make sure that you are not going to be in the way for such personal holidays, call your local chamber of commerce for city festivities, and ask annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.
Weddings on Holiday Weekends
Choosing a date during a holiday weekend may have some advantages, but it also has its own disadvantages. Getting married on a Saturday will let you have an extra day for the festivities and you will be able to rest on the next day. Getting married on a Sunday is often less expensive than on a Saturday. However, the costs for travel and hotels may be a little higher compared if the wedding is on a weekday.
If your chosen date is around Valentine’s Day make sure that you are prepared to pay more for your flowers since they are likely to be more expensive than any time of the year. If you feel like getting a New Year’s Eve wedding, be prepared to pay for the reception area since they often charge a higher fee during that time. Also, consider the consequences of having a weekend wedding to your guests. Some families may not want to go to your wedding because they also have some standing plans or traditions that they prefer to do.
Here are some dates to avoid:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday) – Weekend of January 18-20, 2014
President’s Day (always a Monday) – Weekend of February 15 – 17, 2014
Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) – Weekend of May 10 – 11, 2014. Ask your mom if she is alright to share this weekend with your wedding. You should also make sure if the date is really reasonable since your anniversary will fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day.
Memorial Day (always a Monday) – Weekend of May 24 – 26, 2014
Father’s Day (always a Sunday) – Weekend of June 14 – 15, 2014. Also ask your father if he would be comfortable having Father’s Day and your wedding anniversary to have the same date.
Independence Day – Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day (always a Monday) – Weekend of August 30 – September 1, 2014
Columbus Day (always a Monday) – Weekend of October 11-13, 2014
Halloween – Friday, October 31, 2014. Expect that some of your guests may be going to a kiddie concert. So, it would be better to avoid or just remind everyone that the wedding is a formal event.
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday) – November 27, 2014
New Year’s Eve – Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Religious and cultural holidays should be given careful considerations. Think of your own and those of your guests when setting a schedule. Some house of worships may even give restrictions to whether you are allowed to marry during these holidays.
Palm Sunday – April 13, 2014
Easter Sunday – April 20, 2014
Passover (starts at sunset the night before) – Tuesday April 15, 2014
Tisha B’Av (starts at sunset the night before) – Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Rosh Hashanah (starts at sunset the night before) – Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014
Yom Kippur (starts at sunset the night before) – Saturday, October 4, 2014
Hanukkah (starts at sunset) – Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Christmas – Thursday, December 25, 2014
Kwanzaa – Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the observance of each family) – Monday, July 28, 2014, until Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on the observance of each family) – Saturday, October 4, 2014, until Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ram Navami – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Krishna Janmashtami – Sunday, August 17, 2014
Days of Remembrance
These are dates with historical significance. September 11 may be off-limits to some families or to a big military family. Or, this date could be more meaningful for some guests. It is still up to you to decide.
Patriot Day – Thursday, September 11, 2014
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Sunday, December 7, 2014
Major sport fans may not even consider attending or doing a wedding at certain dates. If you are worried your guests might choose watching the Super Bowl than going to wedding, avoid getting married during popular sporting events. Also, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games especially if most of your guests came from the same alma mater.
Super Bowl Sunday – February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ
Final Four During March Madness – Saturday, April 5, 2014, and Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, TX
Unlucky dates cater to superstitious couples who just do not want to historically unfavorable dates from across several cultures.
The Ides of March – Came from the ancient Romans, which was a simple date that marked the middle of the month. However, when Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 4 B.C. people became superstitious that it is an unlucky date. This will come on Saturday, the 15th of March, 2014
Friday the 13th – Some historians say that this unlucky date started from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper. The famous Code of Hammurabi does not include a 13th law, which could say that this superstition is as three millennia old. Most people recognize this superstitious date right after the release of a successful novel in the early 1900s that it became an unlucky date. This will fall on the 13th of June, 2014