Month: August 2012


Wedding Planning: Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2013, 2014 and 2015 Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.

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 19-21, 2013 Weekend of January 18-20, 2014 Weekend of January 17-19, 2015

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday) Weekend of February 16-18, 2013 Weekend of February 15-17, 2014 Weekend of February 14-16, 2015

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 11-12, 2013 Weekend of May 10-11, 2014 Weekend of May 9-10, 2015

Memorial Day (always a Monday) Weekend of May 25-27, 2013 Weekend of May 24-26, 2014 Weekend of May 23-25, 2015

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 15-16, 2013 Weekend of June 14-15, 2014 Weekend of June 20-21, 2015

Independence Day Thursday, July 4, 2013 Friday, July 4, 2014 Saturday, July 4, 2015

Labor Day (always a Monday) Weekend of August 31-September 2, 2013 Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2014 Weekend of September 5-7, 2015

Columbus Day (always a Monday) Weekend of October 12-14, 2013 Weekend of October 11-13, 2014 Weekend of October 10-12, 2015

Halloween Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!). Thursday, October 31, 2013 Friday, October 31, 2014 Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday) November 28, 2013 November 27, 2014 November 26, 2015

New Year’s Eve MondayTuesday, December 31, 2013 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Thursday, December 31, 2015

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 24, 2013 April 13, 2014 March 29, 2015

Easter Sunday March 31, 2013 April 20, 2014 April 5, 2015

Passover (begins at sunset the night before) Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before) Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before) Thursday, September 5, 2013, until nightfall on Friday, September 6, 2013 Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014 Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before) Saturday, September 14, 2013 Saturday, October 4, 2014 Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hanukkah (begins at sunset) Thursday, November 28, 2013, until nightfall on Thursday, December 5, 2013 Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Thursday, December 25, 2014 Friday, December 25, 2015

Kwanzaa Thursday, December 26, 2013, until Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015 Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes) Thursday, August 8, 2013, until Friday, August 9, 2013 Monday, July 28, 2014, until Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes) Monday, October 14, 2013, until Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Saturday, October 4, 2014, until Sunday, October 5, 2014 Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ram Navami Saturday, April 20, 2013 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Saturday, March 28, 2015

Krishna Janmashtami Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Sunday, August 17, 2014 Saturday, September 5, 2015

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 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Thursday, September 11, 2014 Friday, September 11, 2015

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Saturday, December 7, 2013 Sunday, December 7, 2014 Monday, December 7, 2015

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 3, 2013, in New Orleans February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ February 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ

Final Four and March Madness Saturday, April 6, 2013, and Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta Saturday, April 5, 2014, and Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, TX Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis

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. Friday, March 15, 2013 Saturday, March 15, 2014 Sunday, March 15, 2015

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. September 13, 2013 December 13, 2013 June 13, 2014 February 13, 2015 March 13, 2015 November 13, 2015

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