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Wedding Dates to Avoid

Major Events in 2010, 2011, and 2012 that You Should Avoid for Wedding Dates

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When many couples choose their wedding dates, they think about weather, convenience, or having it coincide with another special occasion (such as the anniversary of their first date.) But before you pay non-refundable deposits, or send out save-the-dates, avoid disaster by making sure your wedding doesn't fall on one of these dates.

Sporting Events

Having a major sporting event the same day as your wedding might not seem like such a big deal, but when half of your guests keep disappearing to check the score, or worse, are listening to the game during the ceremony, you'll wish you had avoided these wedding dates. If your city is hosting one of these major events, you should doubly avoid choosing these wedding dates as it will be near-impossible for your guests to find hotel rooms. Note that not all may apply to you. In some areas, it would be disastrous to have a wedding during the World Cup, in others it wouldn't be a big deal at all.

The Super Bowl
Since the Super Bowl is always on a Sunday, you'll probably be okay having a wedding the night before. Why not organize a viewing party the next day, rather than a more traditional post-wedding brunch? Just be wary if your city is the host city as your guests will have problems finding hotel rooms
February 6, 2011 - Arlington, TX
February 5, 2012 - Indianapolis, IN

The World Series
Mid to Late October (Exact dates to be determined during season.)

The World Cup
Only held once every four years
June 11, 2010 to July 11, 2010.

Final Four
April 3 and 5, 2010, Indianapolis, IA
April 2 and 4, 2011, Houston, TX
March 31 and April 2, 2012, New Orleans, LA

The Olympics Once every two years, alternating between winter and summer.
July 27 - August 12, 2012, London, UK

Religious and Cultural Holidays

If you're getting married in a house of worship, they probably won't let you get married on an important holiday. But you'll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your wedding.

12th Night and Epiphany
Always January 6th.

Chinese New Year
February 14, 2010
February 3, 2011
January 23, 2012

Baha'i New Years Day
(begins at sunset the night before)
Almost always March 21

Palm Sunday and Holy Week
If you're getting married in a church, they'll likely frown on weddings happening during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
March 28, 2010
April 17, 2011
April 1, 2012

Easter Sunday
April 4, 2010
April 24, 2011
April 8, 2012

Greek Orthodox Easter
April 4, 2010
April 24, 2011
April 15, 2012

Passover
(starts at sunset the night before)
March 30, 2010
April 20, 2011
April 7, 2012
Traditionally, no Jewish marriages are held between Passover and Shavuot except on Lag B’ Omer.

Shavuot
(Starts at sunset the night before. See above note about period between Passover and Shavuot)
May 19, 2010
June 8, 2011
May 27, 2012

Ramadan
A month-long observation which includes fasting from dawn until dusk.
Begins August 11, 2010
Begins August 1, 2011
Begins July 20, 2012

Rosh Hashanah
2008 - Sunset Monday, September 29, until nightfall Wednesday, October 1
2009 - Sunset Saturday, September 19, until nightfall Sunday, September 20
2010 - Sunset Wednesday, September 8, 2010, until nightfall Friday, September 10, 2010

Yom Kippur (starts at sunset the night before)
September 18, 2010
October 7, 2011
September 25, 2012

Hanukkah (lasts 8 days and starts at sunset the night before the first day)
December 2 - 9, 2010
December 21 - 28, 2011
December 9 - 16, 2012

Christmas
Always December 25

Kwanzaa
Always December 26 through January 1.


Inconvenient Wedding Dates

Many wedding sites advocate three-day holiday weekends as great choices for wedding dates – they help you save money, and allow guests more time to travel. The problem is, many guests complain about a holiday weekend wedding date, as hotels and airfare are more expensive, and roads are congested. It also means having to cancel other previously-made holiday plans..

If members of your wedding party are still in school, make sure you check with them about their exam schedule.

New Year's Day
Saturday, January 1, 2011 (not a 3-day weekend)
Sunday, January 1, 2012 (not a 3-day weekend)
Tuesday, January 13, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 18, 2010
January 17, 2011
January 16, 2012

President's Day
February 15, 2010
February 21, 2011
February 20, 2012

Memorial Day
May 31, 2010
May 30, 2011
May 28, 2012

Independence Day
always July 4.

Labor Day
September 6, 2010
September 5, 2011
September 3, 2012

Columbus Day
October 11, 2010
October 10, 2011
October 8, 2012

Thanksgiving (US) Most offices in the US give a 4-day weekend for Thanksgiving.
November 25, 2010
November 24, 2011
November 22, 2012

Miscellaneous Wedding Dates to Avoid

Daylight savings time
If you're having a Sunday wedding on daylight savings weekend, will your guests remember to change their watches and get to the wedding on time? It is more of a problem in the spring (when the US springs forward) than in the fall (falls back) as its better for guests to be an hour early than an hour late.
Spring Forward
March 14, 2010
March 13, 2011
March 11, 2012

Fall Back
November 7, 2010
November 6, 2011
November 4, 2012

Friday the 13th
It is perhaps a silly superstition. But if you care about such things, or just don't want to risk it, avoid having your rehearsal dinner or wedding on Friday the 13th.
August 13, 2010
May 13, 2011
January 13, 2012
April 13, 2012
July 13, 2012
April Fool's Day
You don't really need to encourage your guests to play tricks on you, do you?

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friday, April 1, 2011
Sunday, March 1, 2012
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