Feeling Superstitious? Plan Your Wedding on One of These Lucky Dates
So what is a lucky wedding date? Everyone wants to start married life off on a strong note. And for many, that includes ensuring luck is on their side for the big day. From wearing certain colors to finding something old, new, borrowed, and blue, there are lots of ways to-be-weds who are feeling superstitious can harness good luck. An especially common option? Choosing a wedding date based on how auspicious it is.
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Should You Keep Luck in Mind When Selecting a Wedding Date?
When's the best day to get married? What's the luckiest month to get married? Or the luckies wedding date? We're taking a look at everything you need to know about keeping luck in mind when selecting a wedding date.
"Why wouldn't you want to keep auspiciousness in mind? Part of being lucky is believing you're lucky and celebrating luck where you find it. (And of course, you are lucky, because you've found each other!)," says Eleni N. Gage, wedding expert and author of Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding. "Considering auspicious dates is just one more way of being intentional about planning your wedding. On a practical note, no one can argue with luck (or sentimental value). So, if you want to get married on the anniversary of the day you met (because how lucky was that day?) then no one can be annoyed if it falls smack in the middle of a holiday weekend—or on a Wednesday night. (Or if they are annoyed, they can't try and talk you out of it, because you've got a good reason.)"
Here's the thing, even if you aren't sure how much you believe in luck, there really isn't a downside to selecting a lucky wedding date. Whether you're confident that a lucky wedding date is a must, or just think it would be nice to have, keeping auspicious calendar dates in mind is a solid wedding planning decision you can make early on. Gage encourages to-be-weds to "choose a date that seems lucky to you. Maybe that's the date that the venue of your dreams has available, which is lucky enough on its own. Maybe it's your grandparents' anniversary because they have a relationship you admire. My husband and I got married on 10.10.10 because we liked the way it sounded (and it fulfilled the prediction of an Indian astrologer who once told me I'd wed on that date!). Any date can be lucky if you believe it is. (And for extra insurance, get married during a waxing moon or on the 'upswing' of the clock—so between 4:30 and 4:59 say, instead of between 5 and 5:29. Lore has it that your happiness will keep swinging up, too.)"
Lucky Wedding Dates 2023
Looking for a cool wedding date for 2023? Or the best wedding date for 2023 according to astrology? We're taking a look at some auspicious wedding dates for 2023. Picking a date with a 2 or a 3 to give balance to your date is a great option. Additionally, these are said to be the luckiest days to get married in 2023.
January 9, 12 and 21
February 2, 8 and 26
March 2, 14 and 19
April 1, 9 and 26
May 6, 12 and 21
June 3, 8 and 21
July 1, 7 and 20
August 1, 7 and 28
September 3, 16 and 25
October 3, 12 and 28
November 5, 17 and 29
December 2, 13 and 21
Lucky Wedding Dates 2024
One lucky option is to select a wedding date, such as February 4th, that has a 2 and a 4 to bring symmetry to your wedding date. Additionally, these dates in 2024 are said to be lucky:
January 2, 20, 25, 27 and 28
February 9 and 24
March 1, 2, 15 and 30
April 2, 20 and 24
May 3, 9 and 31
June 1, 14, 19 and 30
July 1, 11, 21 and 28
August 1, 2 and 21
September 1, 19 and 27
October 2,12 and 26
November 1, 2, 14, 16 and 27
December 1, 9 and 17
Lucky Wedding Dates 2025
For 2025, one way to keep bad luck at bay is to select a month and date that coordinates with 2 and 5. Additionally, the dates below are considered lucky wedding dates for 2025:
January 2, 10 and 25
February 1, 2, 9 and 26
March 5 and 6
April 2, 8 and 20
May 2, 8 and 28
June 1, 6, 20 and 22
July 2, 3, 10 and 27
August 1, 12 and 15
September 2, 20 and 24
October 1, 3, 16 and 25
November 1, 2, 14, 22 and 27
December 3, 5, 11, 21, 27 and 31
Lucky Wedding Dates 2026
Looking for 2026 lucky wedding dates? For an auspicious or lucky wedding date in 2026, focus on dates that incorporate 2 and 6. Additionally, the wedding dates in 2026 below are considered lucky wedding dates:
January 1, 2, 7, 19, 26, and 27
February 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 12 and 28
March 1, 2, 5, 12 and 24
April 1, 2, 7, 15 and 21
May 1, 2, 19 and 21
June 1, 2, 12, 19 and 22
August 1, 6, 15 and 19
September 2, 5 and 7
October 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 30
November 1, 2, 5, 9, 11, 16, 17 and 29
December 1 and 18
Lucky Wedding Dates Across Religions & Cultures
The religions and cultures that you are connected to can play a big role in helping you identify the best wedding ceremony date for yourself based on auspiciousness. Gage explains, "the lucky days vary by culture; for example, in Jewish lore, Tuesdays are lucky because it is written in the book of Genesis that on the third day after Creation (a Tuesday) God looked around and 'saw that it was good.' But Greek folklore says Tuesdays are unlucky because Constantinople fell on a Tuesday. And the old English rhyme in Every Woman's Encyclopaedia says to marry on 'Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, and Saturday no luck at all.'" In short, some religions and cultures may have contradictory interpretations of which dates are luckiest—ultimately you should settle on dates you identify with that feel most lucky to you and your partner.
In addition to favorable dates, some religions and cultures also share that there are less optimal dates you may wish to avoid. Gage shares that "some religions have prohibitions about when you shouldn't marry—during Lent for Orthodox Christians, or during Ramadan for Muslims, for example."
Lucky Wedding Dates in the Jewish Calendar
In the Jewish calendar, there are auspicious days and also popular months when it comes to selecting an ideal time of year to wed.
Tuesdays: In the story of creation in the Torah, on the third day, Tuesday, it is written twice that "and God saw that it was good." This is the only place where God reiterates that sentiment, leading many religious scholars to interpret that to mean that Tuesdays are extra-special. On the flip side, my Rabbis don't suggest weddings on Fridays due to Shabbat.
Rosh Chodesh: Meaning the "head of the month," Rosh Chodesh is the beginning of the month based on the lunar Jewish calendar. Since this is when the moon renews it is considered an auspicious time to say "I do."
18: "18 is lucky in Jewish culture because every Hebrew letter has a numerical value; the letter heth is 8 and the letter yod is 10, and together they spell the word chai, or 'life,'" explains Gage.
Lucky Wedding Dates in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar
Gage explains that in Chinese culture and many East Asian cultures, couples will analyze their "Chinese zodiac signs, the Chinese calendar, and the astrological implications of the projected wedding date and time. There are Chinese calendar apps that will do that once you type in your info, or a couple can go to a feng shui master or fortune teller."
Eight: Eight, and especially 8/8 or August 8th is considered very lucky in most Asian cultures. Conversely, 4 is considered ill-fated. "East Asian cultures consider the number 8 lucky because it sounds like the word for 'prosperity'" and the number 9 because it sounds like the word for 'long-lasting' in Cantonese," explains Gage. "So, you could get married on the 8th of the month and call it lucky or add up the numerical date (02.03.23) so that it totals 8."
Lucky Wedding Dates in the Christian Calendar
While times like Lent make be seasons in the Christian calendar that couples want to avoid when it comes to tying the knot, there are other celebratory times of year that align nicely with weddings.
Advent: The time leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ is a festive and celebratory time for Christians. If you're excited about a winter wedding, this might be a great time to say "I do."
Christmas through Epiphany: According to the liturgical calendar, the season of Christmas begins with Christmas and lasts through Epiphany in mid-February. This is another celebratory season in the Christian calendar and a great time for a wedding.
Auspicious Wedding Dates in Hindu Culture
Muhurat: Hindu couples often consult an astrologer to look at the pair's birth dates and the panchangram (astrological almanac) to select a lucky date according to Vedic astrology. They can also take a DIY approach to that by searching 'muhurat calendar' and typing in their info so that the site selects a 'muhurat' or auspicious time for the ceremony to start.
Lucky Holidays for a Wedding
While certain holidays and days of remembrance, such as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th) and September 11th, are generally avoided as wedding dates, there are other holidays that align beautifully with weddings.
New Year's Eve: Get ready to ring in the new year by tying the knot. New Year's Eve is all about the end of one season and turning a new leaf into the new year—what better time to enter into a new marriage than on December 31st? And then your first full day as a married couple will be New Year's Day!
Best Wedding Dates According to Numerology
An ideal wedding date based on numerology can be calculated using the life path formula. The formula is essentially your birth date, month and year added together based on their numbers. To start, you look at the numeric representation each of those numbers. For example, April is 04 which is 0+4=4. You carry that on for the date and year as well—you want to add up M+M+D+D+Y+Y+Y+Y and then ultimately get a single digit number (if the total when you add your birthday together is a double-digit, you add those two individual digits together to get something between 1 and 9. So someone born on April 21, 1993 would be 0+4+2+1+1+9+9+3=29. 2+9=11 and then 1+1=2. In short, someone born on April 21, 1993 has a life path number of 2.
Couples should compare life path numbers and the sum of their two numbers would be the lucky number around which to plan. A person with a 2 life path number marrying someone with a 5 lifepath number would want to plan around the number 7.
Astrological Wedding Dates
Why not consult the cosmos about when you should exchange wedding vows? Many couples look to the moon and stars to inform them when selecting an auspicious wedding date.
Waxing Moon: The time after a new moon when the moon is "renewed" is considered a lucky time to wed. Astrologists can be consulted to also look at your birth chart to find the most ideal time to wed.
Supermoon: Supermoons are a great time to tie the knot as they're said to be a time of heightened energy and connection to positive change. Also, on a practical note, they're great for having an outdoor wedding reception because the moon will provide extra light.
Saturday, July 3, 2023
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
Monday, August 19, 2024
Thursday, October 17, 2024
Friday, November 15, 2024
Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Thursday, October 17, 2024
Tuesday, October 7, 2025
Wednesday, November 5, 2025
Thursday, December 4, 2025
Saturday, May 16, 2026
Monday, June 15, 2026
Thursday, December 24, 2026
Summer Solstice: "It's considered lucky in many cultures to get married on the midsummer solstice—which Druids considered the wedding of heaven and earth," advises Gage. "But every month has lucky days in it!"
Full Moon: "I always think it's beautiful to get married on a full or about-to-be-full moon; if your party goes on after dark, it's like cosmic decor," notes Gage. "So I'd look up the lunar calendar too and see if those fall on a date that works for you to get married."
Lucky Days of the Week for a Wedding
While Saturdays are the most common wedding day, it's interesting to note that they aren't necessarily the luckiest. As mentioned previously, Tuesdays are considered lucky in accordance with the Jewish calendar. Meanwhile, Wednesdays are also considered special based on a Celtic folk rhyme that reads, "Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, and Saturday no luck at all."
Unlucky Wedding Dates
While there are some days that you might want to avoid for practical or historical reasons, Gage emphasizes that "there are no absolutes when it comes to folklore," says Gage. "Whatever day you want to get married you can find a reason it's lucky—whether it's the phase of the moon, the time of day, or lucky according to one culture or another." That being said, some couples may choose to avoid a few days throughout the year due to superstitions and the desire to not get married on an unlucky date.
Friday the 13th: Many consider Friday the 13th to be an unlucky day. As such, most couples choose to avoid tying the knot on Friday the 13th. There will be a Friday the 13th in January and October 2023, in September and December 2024, and in June 2025. In 2026, there will be a Friday the 13th on February 13, March 13, and November 13. It may be wise to avoid these unlucky wedding dates.
Ides of March: Ever since Julius Caesar's assassination on March 15 in 44 BC, the day has been known as the Ides of March and is generally considered unlucky.
Leap Day: While leap day is unique and uncommon, it's said to be an unlucky day to enter into marriage. Plus, who would want to make it so they can't celebrate their special day annually since their wedding anniversary would only come around every few years? The next leap day is Thursday, February 29, 2024.