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The Best and Worst Dates to Get Married in 2017 and 2018

Posted on January 03 by Molly Tully
Bride and groom on bridge in gardens outside Nanina's In the Park

Kristen and Evangelos at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. Jac&Jules Photography

 

Now that you’re engaged, one of the first things on your mind is picking a date! And you’ll quickly find that some dates are better than others. This may be due to personal family plans, work commitments, the way the holidays fall or certain sporting or political events happening outside of your immediate world. Here’s our rundown of the worst (and best!) dates to get married in 2017 and 2018. But remember: Someone else’s lemons can be your lemonade, so if you pick one of the so-called WORST dates, chances are you’ll have your pick of locations, top vendors and perhaps even reduced rates. Now that doesn’t seem so bad after all!!

 

Good and bad wedding dates in 2017:

June 2017

  • June 18, 2017, is BAD. Why?? It’s Father’s Day. Similar to the rationale about NOT hosting your wedding on Mother’s Day, even if your dad is OK with a party on his special day (because, really, what father wouldn’t be OK with this??), it’s the other fathers in attendance who may be not so thrilled.
  • June 23-25, 2017, is GOOD if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. Why?? With the summer solstice, the longest day of the year on June 21, this weekend won’t see the sun set until around 8:30 at night, which creates such a wonderful environment for your outdoor, beach, tent or barn event.
Ali and Eric's Fourth of July Wedding 44

Images by Berit

July  2017

  • July 1-2, 2017 is BAD. Why? This is the weekend before July 4, when many people go away and take off Monday. They may be upset to put the brakes on vacation plans in order to attend your wedding. Now, if you’re getting married at the Shore, this BAD date could turn into a GOOD one, giving your guests a destination to travel to for the holiday weekend. You need to know your guest list and assess whether these dates will be good or bad for your particular group of family and friends. Just keep in mind that prices may be high and availability low for hotel rooms, restaurants, etc. You’ll need to plan WAY ahead for this weekend—and be sure to send out save-the-dates ASAP.

 

  • Friday, July 7, 2017, is GOOD. Everyone loves a fun numerical date, and 7/7/17 is it for 2017. Plus you’ve got the lucky 7s on your side. Sounds like a destination wedding to Atlantic City is in order!

 

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017, is also GOOD if you’re into numbers. Since 7, 17 and 29 are all prime numbers, your wedding date of 7/29/17 would be prime!

 

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August 2017

  • While we don’t have any specific BAD dates in August to speak of, keep in mind that average temperatures in August in New Jersey hover around 85, with August 2016 being the second hottest August on record. But while temperatures were high, rainfall averages were low, so minimal rain is a good thing!

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September 2017

  • September 1-4, 2017, is BAD. Why?? It’s Labor Day weekend. And similar to Memorial Day weekend, your guests may want to enjoy their last long weekend of the summer and may not want to attend a wedding. Assess who’s on your guest list and whether this date will really work for you.

 

  • September 21-22, 2017, is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why?? This is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and weddings are not held on this day. Wedding typically don’t take place between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as well.

 

  • September 28-October 1, 2017, is potentially BAD ONLY if you’re planning on getting married in Jersey City. This is the weekend of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City and chances are the hotels could get booked up, prices may be higher, restaurants may be packed and there could be traffic when there typically isn’t any. Just something to keep in mind and plan for.

 

  • September 30, 2017, is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why?? This is Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, full of fasting and repenting. Weddings are not held on this holiday.

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October 2017

  • October 5-11, 2017 is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why?? Thursday, October 5, 2017, is the first day of Sukkot, a seven-day period also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles. Weddings are not held during this time.

 

  • October 7-9, 2017, is BAD. Why?? It’s Columbus Day weekend. While this weekend isn’t nearly as controversial as Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, it still may not be popular with your guests who were planning an early Fall getaway.

 

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2017, is BAD for most brides. But for those who love a true dress-up party, a Halloween wedding can’t be any more fun. And since Halloween falls on a Wednesday in 2017, this date could be really GOOD. You’ll have your absolute pick of venues and vendors—at reduced rates for sure. And if your friends and family are aware of your love of Halloween, we can’t see them turning this party invite down. Just let them get in on the fun and show up in costume (within reason!) if you want!

 

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November 2017

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday. While it’s not disrespectful to have a wedding on this day, if you have a family full of veterans you may want to ask how they feel about it. And you can certainly add a few lines to your ceremony honoring veterans, especially those in attendance. Plus, if you’re into numbers, this is a GOOD date. Since 11 and 17 are prime numbers, your wedding date of 11/11/17 would be prime!

 

  • November 24-26, 2017 is Thanksgiving weekend. This is typically considered to be a BAD weekend to get married, since this is such a family holiday. However, if you’re having a small wedding that’s mostly family anyway, the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving could be the perfect opportunity and a GOOD decision since everyone will be home and in town. Rates will be lower and you’ll have your pick of venues and vendors. If you’re planning on inviting a lot of friends and work colleagues, however, this weekend is not a great idea.

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December 2017

  • December 13-20, 2017, is Hannukah, which is GOOD. This holiday of light is considered an auspicious time to being a marriage of light and happiness. If you’re planning a Hanukkah wedding, be sure to have a kindled menorah on prominent display and consider serving traditional Hanukkah cuisine, such as latkes or doughnuts.

 

  • December 3 -December 25, 2017, is Advent season for Christians, which mean you can’t get married in Catholic church during this time frame.

 

  • Sunday, December 31, 2017, is New Year’s Eve and is GOOD! You’ll pay a premium to have your wedding this night, but this is a party your guests will love—and you’ll get to celebrate your anniversary it in style every year! The theme is easy—black tie, noise makers, party hats and fireworks!

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January 2018

  • Weekend of January 12-15, 2018. This may be a BAD idea. Why?? It’s the weekend before Martin Luther King Day, and many people take advantage of this holiday to go away for the weekend. You may think that it’s the ideal weekend to plan a destination wedding in the Caribbean or Florida, but flights and hotels will be more expensive. Not only for you, but also for your guests.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018, is a GOOD date if you’re into numbers since your date will be 1/18/18. Plus, we love Thursday weddings—reduced rates and your pick of the top vendors!

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February 2018

  • Friday, February 2, 2018, is Groundhog Day. This shouldn’t affect your wedding plans at all, but leave it to one of your guests to make some sort of joke!
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018, is BAD since this is Super Bowl Sunday. If you’re like me and couldn’t care less about football, you may not see the problem with this date. But the chances of ALL of your guests being anti-football is slim. And they’ll either leave your wedding early to attend a Super Bowl party or will slink out to the lobby bar with the large-screen TV every five minutes to check on the score. Neither are a situation you want to experience on your big day. A brunch or lunch wedding this day will be fine, but a nighttime wedding will be tough.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018. We say this is a BAD option. Why?? While most brides will most likely not choose this as a potential wedding date, keep in mind that while it may seem romantic to get married on Valentine’s Day, your floral bill and rentals will be very expensive. Besides, some brides like to keep their anniversary and Valentine’s Day as two separate dates, to double the flowers and gifts from their love in future years. And February 14 is ALSO Ash Wednesday in 2018, so if you’re Catholic, this is the start of Lent (see below) and not an ideal day  to get married.
  • February 14, 2018, through March 29, 2018, is Lent for Catholics. Although rules have changed and you can now get married during Lent, there may be restrictions, such as prohibiting flowers on the altar and “toning down” your wedding during this timeframe. Be sure to consult with your particular parish before deciding on your date. Weddings are not held on Good Friday or Holy Saturday.
  • Friday, February 16, 2018, is the start of the Chinese New Year—the year of the Dog—and it’s considered good luck to get married during this celebration, which lasts about 23 days.
  • Weekend of February 16-18, 2018, could also be considered BAD. Why?? It’s the weekend before Presidents’ Day, when most people have off due to the federal holiday. You may think that a long weekend is the ideal time for a wedding, but your guests, especially those with ski trips planned, may think otherwise. Plus, flights and hotels for out-of-town guests will be more expensive.

 

Tisman/Green Wedding

Jeff Tisman Photography

March 2018

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018, is when Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 am on Sunday, so be prepared to lose an hour of sleep if your wedding is on this day!
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018, is St. Patrick’s Day. This could either be GOOD or BAD—brilliant for the Murphys and Kellys of the world—but miserable if green beer and leprechauns are not your thing.
  • March 30-April 7, 2018, is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why??This is Passover, and weddings are not allowed
  • March 30-April 1, 2018, is BAD.Why?? It’s Easter weekend. If you’re Catholic, it’s not possible to choose Good Friday, Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday to get married—weddings are not held on these days. And even if you’re not Catholic or aren’t having a church wedding, this is a busy weekend for restaurants, hotels, reception venues, florists, bakeries and all of the vendors you’ll need to hire for your event. Plus, busy means everything will cost more.
  • Sunday, April 1 is also April Fool’s Day and is BAD if you’re superstitious and have prankster guests.

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April 2018

  • Sunday, April 8, 2018, is the final round of the Masters in Augusta. This isn’t GOOD or BAD, just something to keep in mind if you have golfers on your guest list since this tournament is the most popular golfing event all year in the U.S.

Bride and groom behind a cooking flame at Nanina's In The Park Wedding reception

Kristen and Evangelos at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. Jac&Jules Photography

May 2018

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018, is both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby—just something to keep in mind since many guests may want access to a TV around race time. And be sure to serve mint juleps—with a mariachi band, perhaps??
  • Sunday, May 13, 2018, is BAD. Why?? It’s Mother’s Day. And while your mother may actually enjoy being an honoree on your big day, ALL of the other mothers in attendance will most likely not feel the same way.
  • May 25-28, 2018, is BAD. Why?? It’s Memorial Day weekend. While this may seem like the ideal time to have a wedding, your guests—especially the ones with houses down the Shore—will not be happy to forego the annual kick-off to summer. Some may not even attend.
  • May 15-June 14, 2018, is BAD if you’re Muslim. Why?? It’s Ramadan, and weddings typically are not held during this month of fasting.

 

A June Wedding at The Pleasantdale Chateau - New Jersey Bride

June 2018

  • June 17, 2018, is BAD. Why?? It’s Father’s Day. Similar to the rationale about NOT hosting your wedding on Mother’s Day, even if your dad is OK with a party on his special day (because, really, what father wouldn’t be OK with this??), it’s the other fathers in attendance who may be not so thrilled.
  • June 22-23, 2018, is GOOD if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. Why?? With the summer solstice, the longest day of the year on June 21, this weekend won’t see the sun set until around 8:30 at night, which creates a wonderful environment for your outdoor, beach, tent or barn event.

 

Ali and Eric's Fourth of July Wedding 44

Images by Berit.

July 2018

  • July 4, 2018, is BAD, but since it falls on a Wednesday in 2018, it won’t really affect any weekend wedding dates.

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August 2018

  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, is GOOD if you’re into numbers since your date will be 8/18/18.

Julia and Ryan down the Shore.

September 2018

  • September 1-3, 2018, is BAD. Why? It’s Labor Day weekend. And similar to Memorial Day weekend, your guests may want to enjoy their last long weekend of the summer. Assess who’s on your guest list and whether this date will really work for you.
  • September 10-11, 2018, is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why?? This is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and weddings are not held on this day. Weddings typically don’t take place between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as well.
  • September 19, 2018, is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why?? This is Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Weddings are not held on this holiday.
  • September 24-30, 2018, is BAD if you’re Jewish. Why?? Weddings are not held during Sukkot. 

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October 2018

  • October 5-8, 2018, is BAD. Why?? It’s Columbus Day weekend. While this weekend isn’t nearly as controversial as Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, it still may not be popular with your guests who were planning a Fall getaway.
  •  Wednesday, October 31, 2018, is BAD for most brides. But for those who love a true dress-up party, a Halloween wedding couldn’t be any more fun.

Holiday Wedding Tips: Thanksgiving - New Jersey Bride

November 2018

  • Sunday, November 11, 2018, is Veteran’s Day. While it’s not disrespectful to have a wedding on this day, if you have veterans in your family, add a few lines to your ceremony honoring those in attendance.
  • November 22-25, 2018, is Thanksgiving weekend. This is typically considered to be a BAD weekend to get married, since this is such a family holiday. However, if you’re having a small wedding that’s mostly family anyway, the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving could be the perfect opportunity and a GOOD decision since everyone will be home and in town.

Christmas Wedding Tips

December 2018

  • December 2-10, 2018, is Hanukkah, which is GOOD. This holiday of light is considered an auspicious time to get married. If you’re planning a Hanukkah wedding, be sure to have a kindled menorah on prominent display and consider serving traditional Hanukkah cuisine, such as latkes or doughnuts.
  • December 2-25, 2018, is Advent season for Christians, which mean you can’t get married in the Catholic church during this time frame.
  • Monday, December 31, 2018, is New Year’s Eve and is GOOD! This is a party your guests will love—and you’ll get to celebrate your anniversary in style every year. The theme is easy—black tie, noise makers, party hats and fireworks!
Bride and groom black and white photo on the balcony at Nanina's In the Park

Kristen and Evangelos at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. Jac&Jules Photography


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  • Kait

    The Catholic Church no longer forbids wedding during Lent. I am having a wedding mass during Lent with no issues.

    • Molly Tully

      Thanks, Kait! You are right—the rules have changed! Thanks for letting us know.

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