The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2022

Spoiler: It's still in the fall.
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Kim Forrest
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Kim Forrest
Senior Editor
  • Kim writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in etiquette and planning advice
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Updated Feb 22, 2022

If you're saying "I do" on October 22, 2022, you've officially landed the number-one most popular wedding date of the year. According to The Knot Real Weddings Study, around 90,000 U.S. couples will marry on this date in 2022. In fact, three of the top five most popular wedding dates of 2022 are in October, and 17% of all engaged couples will marry in that month. So, what makes October the most popular wedding month and fall the most popular time of the year? And if you're early in your wedding planning process, what's the best way to select the date for your big day? We're here to help you get started.

The Most Popular Wedding Dates of 2022 and 2021

Not too surprisingly, the top dates of 2022 occur during what's known as peak wedding season, which spans from May to October. And all of the most popular wedding dates are on the same day of the week—Saturday (though we anticipate weekday weddings to start trending in the coming year).

  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

The fall season has been popular for several years now. In fact, in 2021, four out of the five most popular wedding dates were in October (and the fifth was in late September). This likely had much to do with the pandemic, as by the fall season, case rates were relatively low, many people were vaccinated, and outdoor weddings were possible. Here are the top five most popular wedding days for 2021:

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

Why is October the most popular month for weddings?

For the past four years, the most popular wedding date has been in October (October 22, 2022; October 16, 2021; October 10, 2020; October 19, 2019). And according to our Real Weddings Study, 35% of all weddings take place during the fall, followed closely by summer (29%). While numerology may have something to do with the popularity of 10/22/22 specifically (August 18, 2018 was the most popular day to get married in 2018 for this reason), it's interesting to dissect the skyrocketing popularity of the fall season, and specifically October, over the past few years.

Fall has been the most popular wedding season since 2015. Before that, summer was the season of choice—in 2009, for example, 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 that much more comfortable, as well as the popularity of fall foliage as a wedding photo backdrop. Unlike the other seasons, fall also consists of 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.

Wedding Dates to Avoid in the Fall

Of course, selecting a wedding date plays a very important role in the planning process. While your Thanksgiving proposal was perfect, it may not be the best wedding date as you might not have the turnout you've long desired. While throwing your event on a holiday weekend can be amazing (particularly if you're planning a destination wedding and are giving guests ample notice), they can also cause conflict among guests who have longstanding plans. Here are a few fall dates that you might consider avoiding for your special day:

  • Labor Day (the first Monday in September—we know, it's not technically in autumn, but many consider this holiday to be the unofficial start to the fall season)
  • Rosh Hashanah (dates vary but the Jewish New Year usually takes place in September)
  • Patriot Day (September 11th)
  • Yom Kippur (dates vary but this Jewish holiday usually takes place in late September or early October)
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day (the second Monday in October)
  • Halloween (unless you're planning a spooky-themed event, in which case, check out these Halloween wedding ideas)
  • Veterans Day (November 11th)
  • Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November)

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Date

Setting a date is one of the first wedding-planning tasks you'll need to tackle. If there's a date that's particularly significant or auspicious to you and your future spouse, or your families, then the process will be a quick one—you'll just need to find a wedding venue that's available on your chosen date. If you can be a bit more flexible with your wedding date (remember, weddings don't have to take place on a Saturday!), start by narrowing down the calendar to a season and year, and then talk to your closest loved ones about any preferences or no-gos. Once you have a few dates that would work in mind, you can start to approach venues to check their availability.

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