We’re smack dab in the middle of “engagement season.” If you got engaged recently and are starting to think of dates, you don’t want to get caught with a date that no one can make. Check out these good and not so good wedding planning dates.

Unusual Dates:

If you’re interested in numerology, you might want to pick a date with good or interesting numbers. Some of these dates are Thursdays, so still doable for guests willing to take a long weekend and you may even save a little money. Consider hiring an astrologertarot card reader or other magical entertainment for your reception.

2013 
2014

1/3/13 (Thursday)
1/4/14 (Saturday)

1/31/13 (Thursday)
2/7/14 (Friday)

3/1/13 (Friday)

3/31/13 (Sunday, but it happens to be Easter)

12/13/13 (Friday, see below for more on this spooky date)

Groundhog Day

February 2nd is a Saturday in 2013, and a Sunday in 2014. It could be a very cute, or very strange, theme!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday in 2013 so only small weddings would be a good idea, but it’s on a Friday in 2014.

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th is a Sunday in 2013 if you want to party and explore your Celtic heritage. It’s on a Monday in 2014, not as good for a wedding.

April Fools Day

It’s on a Monday in 2013 and a Tuesday in 2014. (Don’t forget to hire a clown or magician for reception entertainment to play up the theme.)

Friday the 13th

There are two Friday the 13ths in 2013, which could make a pretty funny wedding theme for a non-superstitious couple. September 13, 2013 and December 13, 2013.  There’ s only one in 2014, Friday, June 13, 2014.

Three-day Weekends

We’ve discussed the three day weekend controversy in the past, but if you’re interested in having your wedding over a three day weekend, check out these dates:

Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day

Weekend of 1/19-1/21 2013
Weekend of 2/16-2/18 2013

Weekend of 1/18/-1/20 2014
Weekend of 2/15-2/17 2014

Memorial Day

Weekend of 5/25-5/27 2013
Weekend of 5/24-5/26 2014

Fourth of July

In 2013, the Fourth of July is on a Thursday, so Friday 7/5 or Saturday 7/6 would make great dates for a wedding with a lot of out of town guests or a destination wedding. It gets even better in 2014, July 4th is on a Friday so Friday, Saturday, or Sunday would work for a wedding date.

Christmas

You probably don’t want to have your wedding actually on Christmas, but if most of your guests are relatives, having a wedding around the Christmas holidays can be a great idea. Check our our articles on Christmas weddings for inspiration.

12/25/13 (Wednesday)
12/25/14 (Thursday)

New Year’s Eve

12/31/13 (Tuesday)
12/31/14 (Wednesday)

Check out our articles on New Year’s Eve weddings for more inspiration.

Dates to Avoid:

Mother’s Day
Father’s Day

5/12/13
6/16/13

5/11/14
6/15/14

Pearl Harbor Day

12/7/13 (Saturday)
12/7/14 (Sunday)

Religious Holidays:

Palm Sunday
Easter Sunday

3/24/13
3/31/13

4/13/14
4/20/24

Passover

Monday 3/25 – Tuesday 4/2/13
Monday 4/14 – Tuesday 4/22/14

If you are planning a Jewish wedding discuss the “blackout dates” between the last day of Passover and Shavuot with your officiant. Different rabbis have different rules about this.

Rosh Hashaanah

9/26/14 (Friday)

Yom Kippur

9/13-14/13
10/3 – 4/14

Sports-related:

Super Bowl Sunday

2/3/13
2/2/14

Final Four/March Madness 

4/6/13 (Saturday)
4/5/14 (Saturday)

World Series

10/23 - 31/13

The World Series dates for 2014 haven’t been set yet, but the games occur in October, so make sure to check how your local teams are doing before setting an October date.

Need more help planning your wedding? Check out our Wedding Resource Guide.