When it comes to wedding planning, choosing a date usually comes first—and it’s usually the decision that requires the least thought. Most couples simply pick a month they enjoy, open up the calendar, and pick a random Saturday from that month. Just like that, one of the greatest days of their life is scheduled!
However, there are some dates that (despite what Billy Idol has to say) are not nice days for a white wedding. If you’re planning to tie the knot in 2019, you might want to avoid these days.
Super Bowl Sunday: Sunday, February 3
February, in the dead of winter, is one of the least popular months to get married. We’ve talked in the past about why it can be a great time for a wedding, but if you’re planning for a weekend affair, you might want to avoid the first weekend of the month. The Super Bowl is a massively popular television event (last year’s game drew over 100 million eyeballs) and it’s common for football fans to throw their own game-watching parties.
You don’t want to have your guests checking the scores throughout the ceremony (or worse, choosing not to come in favor of football), so just avoid getting married on this day. You may even want to avoid the day before, as some guests may leave early to complete their own party preparations.
April Fools’ Day: Monday, April 1
Getting married on a Monday can actually be quite beneficial. More venues and vendors are available, you can get discounted rates for the “unpopular” wedding day, and you and your guests can enjoy a nice day off work! However, getting married on this particular Monday might not be the best idea.
Unless you look forward to a few pranks during your ceremony (as well as a lifetime of pranks on your anniversary), questions from your guests asking if it’s a real wedding, and tons of confused comments on your social media posts, just steer clear of April Fools’ day.
Easter: Sunday, April 21
If you’re not religious, getting married on Easter Sunday might not seem like a big deal. In fact, it might seem like a great idea; Easter often coincides with the blooming of spring flowers, which can make your wedding space even more beautiful and romantic.
However, if you have guests who are religious, this day is often booked solid. There are church services in the morning, a luncheon with family in the afternoon…simply put, there’s not much time for another event. The best way to avoid schedule conflicts for your guests is to simply get married on another weekend.
Mother’s/Father’s Day: Sunday, May 12 and Sunday, June 16
Common wisdom dictates that “the wedding is all about the bride.” But if you get married on a day that’s dedicated to another woman, is the day really about you? Getting married on Mother’s Day means sharing your special day with your mom, her mom, and the mom of every single one of your guests! Similarly, a Father’s Day ceremony means sharing your big day with every dad in the room
Once again, these dates could lead to scheduling conflicts for your guests and, let’s be honest, if asked to choose between you and their parents, many guests will simply check “regretfully decline” on their RSVPs. Don’t put yourself in that position; just schedule the wedding on a different day.
Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 29 through Tuesday, October 1
Fall weddings are massively popular these days, so you might think that a September or October ceremony will be the perfect choice for you and your partner. Of course, you can get married during these months, but if you have Jewish guests on your list, you may want to ignore the days of Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah is the first holiday of the Jewish calendar and essentially functions as the New Year celebration for Jewish people. It’s a time for family gatherings, prayer, and eating lots of sweets (I know—sounds great!). However, the first word I mentioned is key to the Rosh Hashanah festivities: family. If your guests have Rosh Hashanah dinners to attend, your wedding will not be on the calendar.
(Also, a quick side note: Yom Kippur, the holiest of the Jewish holidays, also takes place in early October—specifically, Tuesday the 8th and Wednesday the 9th. This holiday didn’t make the list because it’s in the middle of the week, but if you do opt for a weekday fall wedding, and you have Jewish friends you’d like to attend, definitely avoid these two dates).
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December 31
You probably know not to schedule your wedding on Christmas day (unless, of course, you want a Christmas-themed wedding), but New Year’s may seem like a winter wedding dream. After all, your friends and family are already getting together to party! Why not throw in a little ceremony, and then start the new year as a married couple?
Here’s the thing: everyone knows that New Year’s Eve is a bit of a chaotic holiday. Most people drink too much, hop from one party to the next, and generally cause mayhem that they totally regret once the new year rolls around. If you’re up for one wild wedding, go for it! But if you’re looking for a more traditional ceremony, I’d suggest leaving that evening alone.
Whatever wedding date you choose, make sure it’s one that you and your guests can enjoy together. This way, you can ensure that everyone you love is there to celebrate you and the love of your life!