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Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2015, 2016 and 2017

Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.

Photo: Shipra Panosian

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 17-19, 2015
Weekend of January 16-18, 2016
Weekend of January 14-16, 2017

Presidents' Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of February 14-16, 2015
Weekend of February 13-15, 2016
Weekend of February 18-20, 2017

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 9-10, 2015
Weekend of May 7-8, 2016
Weekend of May 13-14, 2017

Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of May 23-25, 2015
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016
Weekend of May 27-29, 2017

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 20-21, 2015
Weekend of June 18-19, 2016
Weekend of June 17-18, 2017

Independence Day
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Monday, July 4, 2016
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Numerically Quirky Dates

4/10/2014 (a palindrome) falls on a Thursday
12/13/14 falls on a Saturday
5/5/15 falls on a Tuesday
5/10/15 falls on a Sunday
5/15/15 falls on a Friday
6/16/16 falls on a Thursday
6/10/2016 (a palindrome) falls on a Friday

Labor Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of September 5-7, 2015
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016
Weekend of September 2-4, 2017

Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of October 10-12, 2015
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016
Weekend of October 7-9, 2017

Avoid it if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Monday, October 31, 2016
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 26, 2015
November 24, 2016
November 23, 2017

New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, December 31, 2017

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 29, 2015
March 20, 2016
April 9, 2017

Easter Sunday
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016
April 16, 2017

Passover (begins at sunset the night before)
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before)
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)
Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Thursday, September 21 until nightfall on Friday September 22

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 12 until nightfall on Wednesday December 20, 2017

Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017-Monday, January 1, 2018

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes)
Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Saturday, June 24, 2017-Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015
Monday, September 12, 2016, until Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Friday September1, 2017-Saturday September 2, 2017

Ram Navami
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, April 15, 2016
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Krishna Janmashtami
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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
Friday, September 11, 2015
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Monday, September 11, 2017

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Monday, December 7, 2015
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Thursday, December 7, 2017

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 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA
February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas

Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX
Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Monday, April 3, 2017 Glendale, Phoenix

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
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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.
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
May 13, 2016
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017

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
Monday, February 29, 2016

-- Justine Lorelle Blanchard

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