Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2018, 2019 and 2020

Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.
by The Knot
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One of the first things you do when planning a wedding is picking out a date—or multiple date options, to avoid pigeon-holing yourself. Use our guide below to make sure you pick the right one (and once that's done, take our Style Quiz and check out our All-In-One Wedding Planner app to get some extra help with the rest of those wedding planning duties). 

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings where you have Monday off from work have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!), plus you can have your wedding on a Sunday, which is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you've got your heart set on red roses—they'll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year's Eve wedding. Also, don't forget to consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list—some families have standing plans or traditions they'd prefer not to miss.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 13–15, 2018

Weekend of January 19–21, 2019

Weekend of January 18–20, 2020

Presidents' Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 17–19, 2018

Weekend of February 16–18, 2019

Weekend of February 15–17, 2020

Mother's Day (always a Sunday) 

Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother's Day if or when you become a mom?

Weekend of May 12–13, 2018

Weekend of May 11–12, 2019

Weekend of May 9–10, 2020

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 26–28, 2018

Weekend of May 25–27, 2019

Weekend of May 23–25, 2020

Father's Day (always a Sunday)

As you would with your moms, check with your dads 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.

Weekend of June 16–17, 2018

Weekend of June 15–16, 2019

Weekend of June 20–21, 2020

Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 1–3, 2018

Weekend of August 31–September 2, 2019

Weekend of September 5–7, 2020

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 6–8, 2018

Weekend of October 12–14, 2019

Weekend of October 10–12, 2020

Halloween

Avoid it if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 22, 2018

November 28, 2019

November 26, 2020

New Year's Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you're allowed to marry at these times.

Palm Sunday

March 25, 2018

April 14, 2019

April 5, 2020

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

April 21, 2019

April 12, 2020

Passover (begins at sunset)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, April 19, 2019

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Sunday, September 9, 2018 until nightfall on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sunday, September 29, 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 until nightfall on Monday, December 10, 2018

Sunday, December 22, 2019 until nightfall on Monday, December 30, 2019

Thursday, December 10, 2020 until nightfall on Friday, December 18, 2020

Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Friday, December 25, 2020

Kwanzaa

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 until Monday, January 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Tuesday, May 15 until Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Thursday, June 14 until Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019

Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Ram Navami

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Krishna Janmashtami

Monday, September 3, 2018

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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.

Patriot Day

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Friday, September 11, 2020

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Friday, December 7, 2018

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Monday, December 7, 2020

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.

Super Bowl Sunday

February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN

February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA

February 2, 2020, in Miami, FL

Final Four During March Madness

Saturday, March 31, 2018 and Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio, TX

Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, April 4, 2020 and Monday, April 6, 2020 in Atlanta, GA

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 BC. Since then, "Beware the Ides of March" has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday, March 15, 2019

Sunday, March 15, 2020

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.

April 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

September 13, 2019

December 13, 2019 

March 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Leap Years 

Greeks and Romans thought starting any new life event—from getting married to baptizing a child—in a leap year would bring bad luck.

Next Leap Year: 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Following Leap Year: 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Next planning steps? Create a free, personalized wedding website to keep your guests informed (and excited!) about your plans, and a time-saving Guest List Manager to organize your attendees. Even better? You can sync your Guest List Manager and wedding website to update everything at once. 

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