The proposal was beautiful and you are ready to head out on an unforgettable adventure together… full of intrigue, happiness, sadness, challenges, and of course, excitement… Oh, did we mention that we are talking about setting the date for your wedding?!
Who knew that setting the date for one of the most special days of your lives can be so challenging? If you are ready to set a date, check the below list of dates you may want to steer clear of.
Make sure to take note of any personal events you may have on your calendar. Such as other people’s weddings, family reunions, anniversaries, or other big events both personal and work related. Also, check your area for big conventions and festivals. Depending on where you would like your reception, scheduling on a busy day can make it harder for parking, commuting, and even accommodations for out of town guests.
We love the holidays, but when you have to schedule a wedding around them, things can get a bit tricky. Make sure the logistics make sense. A Christmas or New Year’s Eve wedding is beautiful and many venues may already have everything decorated, which means you can save a lot of money on event design. However, traveling can be brutal and hotel costs can skyrocket at this time. You may find more guests would be willing to miss your special day so that they don’t have to incur more expense during an already costly time. Or, a Valentine’s wedding can be stunning, but pay attention to the floral bill, especially if you want red roses, they are the most expensive during this weekend.
Other dates to think about:
Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) Talk with your mom to make sure she’s okay sharing this weekend with your special day. And consider if you may want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day if or when you become a mom?
Father’s Day (always a Sunday)As with mom, talk with your dad 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.
Halloween Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Days of Remembrance We’re talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) 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.
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—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.
Unlucky Dates If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.
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.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 15, 2018
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.
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
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.
Following Leap Year: 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020