Here Are the Most Popular Wedding Dates of 2024, Based on Real Couples

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Chapelle Johnson
chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
Chapelle Johnson
Associate Editor
  • Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
  • Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
Updated Mar 07, 2024

Are you saying "I do" on September 21, 2024? If the answer is yes, you're officially a trendsetter since that's one of the most popular wedding dates in 2024. And we didn't just make that up. That fun fact comes from The Knot Real Weddings Study, which surveyed thousands of couples married in 2023, and an economic pulse check done with soon-to-be weds. But if September 21st isn't ideal for you, don't worry. We break down the other four most popular dates for weddings below. Keep reading to find out what other couples are doing before you pick your wedding date and get too far into your planning process. Plus, get the inside scoop on the best wedding dates in 2023, 2022 and 2021 to learn from so you can make the best decision about your special day.

In this article: Most Popular 2024 Dates | Considerations | Most Popular Dates Over the Years

Get more details on dates: Lucky Wedding Dates | Wedding Date Numerology | Wedding Dates to Avoid

Not too surprisingly, the top dates of 2024 occur during peak wedding season, which spans from May to October. And as you'll see below, the most popular day to get married is Saturday. Here are the top five popular 2024 wedding dates based on real couples.

  1. Saturday, September 21, 2024
  2. Saturday, September 14, 2024
  3. Saturday, June 22, 2024
  4. Saturday, May 18, 2024
  5. Saturday, October 12, 2024

Wondering why autumn is the favored season for love? Well, the fall season has been the most popular since 2015. Before that, summer was the season of choice. For example, in 2009, 41% of couples hosted weddings from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The preference for fall weddings may have something to do with the cooler, less-humid weather, making outdoor wedding venues much more comfortable, plus the popularity of fall foliage as a wedding photo backdrop. Unlike the other seasons, fall typically has fewer vacations, holidays and events, meaning fewer conflict opportunities for loved ones (more on that below). And because spring and summer are often thought of as peak season for travel and events, some venues and vendors may offer lower pricing later in October.

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Now that you know September 21st is the most popular wedding date in 2024 (thank you, Earth, Wind & Fire), it's time to answer whether it's the best wedding date. In short, it depends—that's why you need to discuss your wedding must-haves with your partner and wedding VIPs before selecting a wedding date.

Book your vendors ASAP.

Lots of people love September and October weddings, but with so many nuptials taking place at that time, vendors' availabilities can be limited. According to our internal data, couples booked an average of 14 vendors for their 2023 weddings—that's quite a few calendars to coordinate. With that said, you and your partner need to send those vendor inquiry emails as soon as you find pros you trust to help bring your wedding to life. Trust us, the earlier you're able to do outreach, the better chance you have of booking the vendors you want.

Let your guests know your wedding date details.

Since the above are the most popular wedding dates, there's a possibility you'll be in "competition" with other to-be-weds. That's why ensuring you ask your loved ones to come to your affair early helps guarantee they say yes to you first. So, after confirming your vendors and venue, create your wedding guest list so you can immediately alert your loved ones about your wedding date. (FYI: You can find on theme save-the-dates and more on The Knot Paper.) Another way you can urgently tell your guests your date is by posting a reminder on your wedding website.

Your guest attendance might be lower than expected.

Since people will be excited about your union, you'll start to see your online RSVPs rolling in after sending your wedding invitations, but might notice you're getting fewer than you expected. (It's said that typically, about 80% of guests RSVP "yes.") Don't worry. A lower RSVP percentage is a normal side effect of getting married on one of the most common wedding dates. Just be patient and understanding because even if some people can't attend, there are plenty of prewedding events they can be at to celebrate you and your partner.

According to our research, over 67% of couples married in 2023 during the summer or fall seasons. Specifically, October was the most popular wedding month at the time. Here are the top five wedding dates of 2023:

  1. Saturday, September 23, 2023
  2. Saturday, October 7, 2023
  3. Saturday, October 14, 2023
  4. Saturday, May 20, 2023
  5. Saturday, October 20, 2023

According to our data, fall was the most popular time to tie the knot in 2022 at 43%. You might be surprised to know that three out of the five most popular wedding dates were in October. Curious about what the 2022 marriage dates were? Keep reading.

  1. Saturday, October 22, 2022
  2. Saturday, May 21, 2022
  3. Saturday, June 18, 2022
  4. Saturday, October 01, 2022
  5. Saturday, October 08, 2022

Similarly, in 2021, fall was the most popular time to get married. October dominated that year by being the most popular wedding month four out of five times.

  1. October 16, 2021
  2. October 23, 2021
  3. October 2, 2021
  4. October 9, 2021
  5. September 25, 2021

Hannah Nowack contributed to the reporting of this story.

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