Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2017, 2018 and 2019

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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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 14–16, 2017

Weekend of January 13–15, 2018

Weekend of January 19–21, 2019

Presidents' Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 18–20, 2017

Weekend of February 17–19, 2018

Weekend of February 16–18, 2019

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 13–14, 2017

Weekend of May 12–13, 2018

Weekend of May 11–12, 2019

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 27–29, 2017

Weekend of May 26–28, 2018

Weekend of May 25–27, 2019

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 17–18, 2017

Weekend of June 16–17, 2018

Weekend of June 15–16, 2019

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 2–4, 2017

Weekend of September 1–3, 2018

Weekend of August 31–September 2, 2019

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 7–9, 2017

Weekend of October 6–8, 2018

Weekend of October 12–14, 2019

Halloween

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 23, 2017

November 22, 2018

November 28, 2019

New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monday, December 31, 2018

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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

April 9, 2017

March 25, 2018

April 14, 2019

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017

April 1, 2018

April 21, 2019

Passover (begins at sunset)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

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

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

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

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Friday, September 29, 2017 until nightfall on Saturday, September 30, 2017

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

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

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

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

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

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

Christmas

Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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)

Friday, May 26 until Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tuesday, May 15 until Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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

Saturday, June 24 until Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 14 until Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Ram Navami

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Krishna Janmashtami

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, September 3, 2018

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday, December 7, 2018

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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 5, 2017, in Houston, TX

February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN

February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA

Final Four During March Madness

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

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

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday, March 15, 2019

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.

January 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

April 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

September 13, 2019

December 13, 2019 

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: 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Following Leap Year: 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024

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