Choosing the date of your wedding

big_dayHow to choose the right day for your big day

Trying to pick the day when you will get the best weather for your wedding and at the best price is not an easy task at the best of times, but there are many other considerations to take into account when planning. Here is our guide to deciding which dates you may prefer NOT to choose for your wedding day!

Some things to bear in mind

A winter wedding may look stunning but you may want to avoid the Christmas and New Year period, or you could find that many invited guests will be out of town! It is also a busy period for Christians, which is worth bearing in mind if you or many of your guests are Christian.

Avoid Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November in the US, and the second Monday of October in Canada), as your guests will be with their families.

Some couples with sport-loving families and friends may prefer to avoid major sporting dates like Superbowl weekend, the World Series or international events such as the Olympic Games and football World Cup.

Special weekends like Memorial Day in May and Labor Day may seem initially attractive due to the extended weekend and possibility of cheaper venues. However your guests may have other plans for these weekends, and it also makes traveling more difficult and more expensive for out-of-town guests.

Dates that are believed to be “unlucky”

Some couples may prefer to avoid the following dates for superstitious reasons or because they could be considered unlucky: Friday 13 or a weekend that includes this date; the Ides of March (March 15); or September 11. Hispanics believe Tuesday 13 to be an unlucky day to get married.

Religious considerations

Christian couples, or couples who have many Christian guests, will probably prefer to avoid Holy Week (from the Palm Sunday weekend through Easter Sunday) and Christmas weddings (weekends around December 25). Some churches permit weddings on a Sunday after the regular service, but some churches do not allow weddings on the Sabbath day. Consult your church before setting a date.

Jewish couples, or couples who have many Jewish guests, will probably prefer to avoid Friday evening weddings and Saturday weddings before sundown. Do not marry on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, and it is preferable to avoid the ten Days of Awe in between as synagogues are very busy at this time. Your synagogue may allow you to wed after Passover, or you may have to wait until after Yom HaShoah or Shavout. Consult a Jewish calendar and your synagogue before setting a date.

Muslim couples, or couples who have many Muslim guests, are reminded that Shawwal is a favorable time for a wedding, but the sacred months of Muharram and Ramadan are very bad times to marry. Many Muslim weddings occur on Sunday. Consult your mosque before setting a date.

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