How to Start Planning A wedding - Dates to avoid in 2018 and 2019

May 03, 2017

Did you just start figuring out how to start planning a wedding and are wondering why your dream venue has only one date open in 2018, well the reason might be as simple as, it's a holiday! When you start looking at dates for your wedding, you can get tunnel vision and forget to look at a master calendar to see what important dates or holidays are on or around your dream wedding date. No one is saying to avoid those dates, but it is important to be aware of what date you are committing to and what impact that date can have on your guests.

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HOLIDAY DATES (INCLUDING RELIGIOUS DATES)

Passover (begins at sunset)
Friday, March 30, 2018
Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Sunday
April 1, 2018
April 21, 2019

Ramadan
Tuesday, May 15 until Thursday, June 14, 2018
Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, September 9, 2018, until Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Sunday, September 29, 2019, until Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, until Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, until Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Halloween
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thanksgiving
November 22, 2018
November 28, 2019

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, December 2, 2018, until Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 22, 2019, until Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Kwanzaa
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019, until Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Long Weekend

Having a wedding during a long weekend is a blessing to some guest and a curse to others. Can't win them all, right? Some guest finds the extra day excellent for travel and not having to take off from work. Long weekends are also nice because Sunday becomes a valuable option, as well as many times a more cost effective option, having Monday as a day off.

Martin Luther King Day
Weekend of January 13–15, 2018
Weekend of January 19–21, 2019

Presidents' Day
Weekend of February 17–19, 2018
Weekend of February 16–18, 2019

Memorial Day
Weekend of May 26–28, 2018
Weekend of May 25–27, 2019

Labor Day
Weekend of September 1–3, 2018
Weekend of August 31–September 2, 2019

Columbus Day
Weekend of October 6–8, 2018
Weekend of October 12–14, 2019

Sporting Events

Understandably, many you will not be avoiding dates based on a big sporting event. However, it is of particular importance if you are in the city where the big event is taking place. Your overall cost, as well as hotel capacities, is going to significantly impact if you are getting married in the same city of a big event.

Super Bowl Sunday
February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN
February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA

Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, March 31, 2018, and Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio, TX
Saturday, April 6, 2019, and Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN

Unlucky Dates

For any couples who are superstitious, there are some traditionally unlucky dates to avoid, or maybe plan for depending on your style!

The Ides of March
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday the 13th
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019

Leap Year
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Local Dates

When you find a few dates that work for your wedding, take just a few moments to do a quick google search to see if there are any big local events taking place the same weekend as your wedding. Knowing what is going on will be helpful to you as you go through the planning process. 

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The dates and holidays are important to be aware of as you are figuring out how to start planning a wedding.  You don't have to avoid these dates if you know and understand what that could mean for your guest count. If it is a big holiday or a long weekend, that could mean your guest count will go down because not everyone can make the sacrifice. Maybe a small guest count is your goal and in which case, maybe plan those dates on purpose :)