Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2018

If the holidays brought a surprise gift of an engagement now is the time to sit down and set a date for the wedding. This will be the first of many important decisions you both, as a couple; will make leading up to the special day. This blog will hopefully steer you clear of obvious disastrous dates, but also shed some light on less obvious dates that you both might want to consider avoiding.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar and your family’s calendars first. Eliminate college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends. Also consider checking for conventions or festivals in your city.  Try calling your local chamber of commerce for a schedule.


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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. 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. Others might recent having to pay higher flight costs and/or accommodation fees due to holiday price increases.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 13–15


Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of 16–19


Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 25–28


Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of August 31-September 3


Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 5-8


Veterans Day (Observed on Mondays)

November 9-12


Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) 

Ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom?

May 11-13


Father’s Day (always a Sunday)

Like with Mother’s Day, ask yourself: Are you okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids.

June 15-17


Independence Day (falls on a Wednesday this year)

July 4  (Which weekend? Personally, I choose after)

Halloween Cheerful Pumpkins Moon.


Having your wedding on Halloween could end up being pretty spooky…or not. It depends on how you feel about presidents, cartoon characters and the devil showing up for your perfect day.


St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17



Don’t risk someone showing up in costume!

Wednesday, October 31


Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 22, 2016


New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31

Palm Sunday

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding.


Palm Sunday

March 25


Passover (begins at sunset)

Saturday, March 25


Easter Sunday

April 1


Last Day of Passover

Saturday, April 7


Yom HaShoah

Wednesday, April 11


Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 5


Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset)

Sunday, July 22


Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Monday, September 10


Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, September 19


Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Monday, December 3, until nightfall on Monday, December 10



Tuesday, December 25



Wednesday, December 26 until January 1, 2019

American Flag

Days of Remembrance

These days are a tough call. For some these dates may be off-limits, but for others a wedding on one of these dates could make them all the more meaningful—it’s up to you to decide.


Patriot’s Day

Monday, April 16


Patriot Day/911

Tuesday, September 11


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Friday, December 7


Major Sporting Events

If you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game, race, or tournament—avoid getting married during popular sporting events.  Below are just a few of those prime sporting events, but seriously there are over 60+ major sporting events from The French Open to the World Series…too many to list.

So, my advice, choose your top 4 and let the cards fall where they fall. (National World Poker Tournament Jan 02 – Jan 08


Super Bowl Sunday

February 4, Minneapolis, MN


Final Four During March Madness

March 31-April 2, San Antonio, TX.


UEFA European Championship or Euro

May 2-20


Kentucky Derby

Sunday, May 6, Louisville, Kentucky

Unlucky Day

Unlucky Dates

If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates.


Friday the 13th 

The unluckiest date of the year.

April 13

July 13

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