Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.
by The Knot

One of the first things you do when planning your nuptials is picking out a wedding date—or multiple options, to avoid pigeon-holing yourself. Use our guide below to make sure you pick the right one for the year of your wedding. Then, once that's done, take our Style Quiz and download 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 significant events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (reach out to your local chamber of commerce for more information) Also, be sure to look out for any annual occasions that may involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings where you have Monday off from work are accompanied by pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!), plus you can have your wedding date on a Sunday, which is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But the costs of travel and hotels may be higher on significant holiday weekends. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if your heart is 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 18–20, 2020
Weekend of January 16–18, 2021
Weekend of January 15-17, 2022
Weekend of January 14-16, 2023

Presidents' Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 15–17, 2020
Weekend of February 13–15, 2021
Weekend of February 19-21, 2022
Weekend of February 18-20, 2023

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 9–10, 2020
Weekend of May 8–9, 2021
Weekend of May 7-8, 2022
Weekend of May 13-14, 2023

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 23–25, 2020
Weekend of May 29–31, 2021
Weekend of May 28-30, 2022
Weekend of May 27-29, 2023

Father's Day (always a Sunday)

As you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day for a wedding date. 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 20–21, 2020
Weekend of June 19–20, 2021
Weekend of June 18-19, 2022
Weekend of June 17-18, 2023

Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Monday, July 4, 2022
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 5–7, 2020
Weekend of September 4–6, 2021
Weekend of September 3-5, 2022
Weekend of September 2-4, 2023

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 10–12, 2020
Weekend of October 9–11, 2021
Weekend of October 8-10, 2022
Weekend of October 7-9, 2023

Halloween

Avoid this holiday wedding date if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (or embrace it if you want them to!).

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Monday, October 31, 2022
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 26, 2020
November 25, 2021
November 24, 2022
November 23, 2023

New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Friday, December 31, 2021
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Sunday, December 31, 2023

Religious and Cultural Holidays

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

Palm Sunday

April 5, 2020
March 28, 2021
April 10, 2022
April 2, 2023

Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020
April 4, 2021
April 17, 2022
April 9, 2023

Passover (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, April 15, 2022
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Friday, August 5, 2022
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Monday, September 6, 2021 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Sunday, September 25, 2022 until nightfall on Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Friday, September 15, 2023 until nightfall on Sunday, September 17, 2023

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 until nightfall on Thursday, September 16, 2021
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Sunday, September 24, 2023 until nightfall on Monday, September 25, 2023

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Thursday, December 10, 2020 until nightfall on Friday, December 18, 2020
Sunday, November 28, 2021 until nightfall on Monday, December 6, 2021
Sunday, December 18, 2022 until nightfall on Monday, December 26, 2022
Thursday, December 7, 2023 until nightfall on Friday, December 15, 2023

Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2020
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Monday, December 25, 2023

Kwanzaa

Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020 until Friday, January 1, 2021
Monday, December 26, 2022 until Sunday, January 1, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2023 until Sunday, January 1, 2023

Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020
Monday, April 12 until Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saturday, April 22 until Sunday, May 1, 2022
Wednesday, March 22 until Thursday, April 20, 2023

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

Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020
Wednesday, May 12 until Thursday, May 13, 2021
Monday, May 2 until Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Friday, April 21 until Saturday, April 22, 2023

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

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Monday, July 19, 2021
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Ram Navami

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Thursday, March 30, 2023

Krishna Janmashtami

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Monday, August 30, 2021
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Days of Remembrance

We're talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits for your wedding date, especially 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

Friday, September 11, 2020
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Monday, September 11, 2023

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Monday, December 7, 2020
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Thursday, December 7, 2023

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 date 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 2, 2020, in Miami, FL
February 7, 2021, in Tampa, FL
February 6, 2022, in Inglewood, CA
February 5, 2023, in Glendale, AZ

Final Four During March Madness

Saturday, April 4, 2020 and Monday, April 6, 2020 in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 3, 2021 and Monday, April 5, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, April 2, 2022 and Monday, April 4, 2022 in New Orleans, LA
Saturday, April 1, 20023 and Monday, April 3, 2023 in Houston, TX

Unlucky Dates

If you're superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious days from across several cultures when selecting your wedding date.

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.

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Monday, March 15, 2021
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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.

March 13, 2020
November 13, 2020
August 13, 2021
May 13, 2022 
January 13, 2023
October 13, 2023

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

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