When you’re planning a wedding the most important thing to start with is the date. Picking your wedding date means you have a set deadline to get everything organized, but how do you decide on the perfect date to get married on?
There are lots of different factors that come into play, from whether you work on weekends to seasonal preferences to determining when most of your invitees will be free, but that’s just the start. You need to consider how much planning time you’ll need to pull a wedding together and how much time it’ll take to save up the money for a wedding.
As well as these practical matters, picking the right date to get married on should also be a romantic decision. Perhaps you can commemorate the day you met by having your wedding on the anniversary of your first ever date? Or perhaps there’s a specific date in the year that already has sentimental value?
Whatever the factors influencing your choice of a wedding date, it’s clear that there are some optimal dates and times to marry, so we’ve put together this list of the best dates to say “I do” in 2019 and 2020 (and the dates to avoid!).
1. Dates of Personal Significance
There’s no point getting married on a date that’s already earmarked by the family for another occasion – so make sure you both have a good idea of dates that have personal significance to your families that would be best avoided. Family members birthdays or anniversaries of the death of a loved one might be best avoided.
2. Public Holidays
If you’re looking to get married in Greece and are envisaging a beautiful destination wedding then make sure you avoid these Greek public holidays as they can make it more challenging to organize suppliers or find venues.
1st January 2019 and 2020 New Year’s Day
6th January 2019 and 2020 Epiphany
11 March 2019, 2nd March 2020 Orthodox Ash Monday
25th March 2019 and 2020 Independence Day
26th April 2019, 17th April 2020 Orthodox Good Friday
28th April 2019, 19th April 2020 Orthodox Easter Sunday
29th April 2019, 20th April 2020 Orthodox Easter Monday
1st May 2019 and 2020 Labour Day
16th June 2019, 31st May 2020 Orthodox Whit Sunday
17th June 2019, 1st June 2020 Orthodox Whit Monday
15th August 2019 and 2020 Assumption Day
28th October 2019 and 2020 Ochi Day
25th December 2019 and 2020 Christmas Day
26th December 2019 and 2020 Boxing Day
Likewise, if you’re getting married elsewhere, check online for the national public holidays as getting hitched on these dates can make things more expensive as these dates are always in demand.
3. Local Information
Timing is also an important factor to keep in mind. Typically many weddings take place around midday or just afterward, but marrying at sunset can be a really magical experience and will set you up for a night of celebration. If a beach wedding or a rustic countryside wedding in Greece is on your wishlist, then marrying at the following times will ensure you have beautiful sunset skies in all your photos, as you say those precious vows.
4. Budget-friendly Dates
Money matters when it comes to wedding planning and there are definitely some dates in the year that allow your pennies to stretch a little further. At certain times of the year, it may be cheaper to get married – in terms of venue hire, travel and floral costs. Out of season dates are often available and cheaper as hotels and venues want to make sure they get bookings so early spring and early autumn can often work in your favor. Alternatively, weekday weddings can also work out a lot more cost effective.
5. The Right Time
Timing is also an important factor to keep in mind. Typically many weddings take place around midday or just afterward, but marrying at sunset can be a really magical experience and will set you up for a night of celebration. If a beachside wedding in Greece is on your wishlist, then marrying at the following times will ensure you have beautiful sunset skies in all your photos, as you say those precious vows.
6. Quirky Dates
Men will usually appreciate it if you marry on a date that’s easy to remember, like the first of the month or a repeat date like the 3rd of March. Mostly so that they can remember your anniversary more easily (always an important consideration!) Repeat dates or the first of the month are usually easier to remember which means your guests will have your wedding date firmly in their minds from day one.
Here are some repeat dates from 2019 that you could consider:
Saturday 2nd February 2019
Sunday 3rd March 2019
Thursday 4th April 2019
Sunday 5th May 2019
Thursday 6th June 2019
Sunday 7th July 2019
Thursday 8th August 2019
Monday 9th September 2019
Thursday 10th October 2019
Monday 11th November 2019
Thursday 12th December 2019
7. Unlucky Days
Friday the 13th has long had a reputation as a day that brings bad luck so you may want to avoid it.
Friday 13th September 2019
Friday 13th December 2019
Friday 13th March 2020
Friday 13th November 2020
8. Fortuitous Religious Days
Different religions can sometimes have preferences for certain days to marry on that are deemed to be particularly positive.
In Judaism, Tuesdays are seen as a lucky day to get married on, this is because in the book of Genesis it says “and God saw that it was good” twice, when talking about the third day of the week, Tuesday.
According to the traditional Celtic folk rhyme, Wednesdays are considered “the best day of all” to get married on. Although weekday weddings remain unusual.
Rosh Chodesh (New Moon)
It’s sometimes considered extra lucky to have your wedding day on the same day as a new moon. This is because the Jewish calendar is lunar. You could certainly try and take some lovely moonlit photos too!
9. Religious and Cultural Holidays
It’s worth avoiding religious and cultural holidays – that of your own religion and those of your guests. This little list sums up some of the most well known religious festivals and dates to be mindful of in 2019 and 2020.
14th April 2019
5th April 2020
21st April 2019
12th April 2020
Friday 19th April 2019
Wednesday 8th April 2020
Saturday 10th August 2019
Wednesday 29th July 2020
Sunday 29th September 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday 1st October 2019
Friday 18th September 2020 until nightfall on Sunday 20th September 2020
Tuesday 8th October 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday 9th October 2019
Sunday 27th September 2020 until nightfall on Monday 28th September 2020
Sunday 22nd December 2019 until nightfall on Monday 30th December 2019
Thursday 10th December 2020 until nightfall on Friday 18th December 2020
Wednesday 25th December 2019
Friday 25th December 2020
Ramadan (dates may vary based on the Lunar Calendar)
Sunday 5th May until Tuesday 4th June 2019
Thursday 23rd April until Saturday 23rd May 2020
Sunday 14th April 2019
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Saturday, 24th August 2019
Tuesday 11th August 2020
Ultimately the choice of date comes down to many things and could be as simple as your dream venue having availability on a certain day. However you make your wedding date decision, it’ll be a significant date for the rest of your life and one that’s filled with beautiful memories.