Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2016, 2017 and 2018

Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.
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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 have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, 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 consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they'd prefer not to miss.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 16-18, 2016

Weekend of January 14-16, 2017

Weekend of January 13-15, 2018

Presidents' Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 13-15, 2016

Weekend of February 18-20, 2017

Weekend of February 17-19, 2018

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 the same weekend as Mother's Day when (or if) you become a mom?

Weekend of May 7-8, 2016

Weekend of May 13-14, 2017

Weekend of May 12-13, 2018

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 28-30, 2016

Weekend of May 27-29, 2017

Weekend of May 26-28, 2018

Father's Day (always a Sunday)
Like 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 18-19, 2016

Weekend of June 17-18, 2017

Weekend of June 16-17, 2018

Independence Day

Monday, July 4, 2016

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 3-5, 2016

Weekend of September 2-4, 2017

Weekend of September 1-3, 2018

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 8-10, 2016

Weekend of October 7-9, 2017

Weekend of October 6-8, 2018

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

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 24, 2016

November 23, 2017

November 22, 2018

New Year's Eve

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 20, 2016

April 9, 2017

March 25, 2018

Easter Sunday

March 27, 2016

April 16, 2017

April 1, 2018

Passover (begins at sunset the night before)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Monday, April 10, 2017

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset the night before)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tuesday August 1, 2017

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)

Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wednesday, September 20, until nightfall on Friday September 22, 2017

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

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017

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

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

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes)

Tuesday, July 5, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Saturday, June 24, until Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 14, until Friday June 15, 2018

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes)

Saturday, September 11, until Sunday, September 12, 2016

Thursday, August 31, until Friday, September 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 21, until Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ram Navami

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Monday, March 26, 2018

Krishna Janmashtami

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, September 3, 2018

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Wednesday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday, December 7, 2018

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 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA

February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX

February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN

Final Four During March Madness

Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX

Saturday, April 1, and Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ

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

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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 Code of Hammurabi doesn't include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as many as 3 millennia old. 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.

May 13, 2016

January 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

April 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

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

Next Leap Year: 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Following Leap Year: 2020

Saturday, February 29

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