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Wedding Wednesdays: The best dates to get married in 2017

Original Post Date: January 11, 2017 | Deniesha Johnson


It's known that the heaviest engagement season is between Thanksgiving and Valentine's day, and with so many people popping the question around this time of year... they're beginning to think of the next step toward planning their big day by setting a date.

For some, this is a very difficult decision to make, but let me offer a little of my expertise of the 2017 and some 2018 dates to consider... or even to avoid for your big day!

Pull out your calendar and date book and be sure to check for personally significant dates such as someone's birthday, other wedding dates or anniversaries, major trips, graduations, reunions (family and college) or any annual family occasions/trips or gatherings already planned as these are all of the dates you should avoid for your wedding. 

Immediately most people consider holiday weekends as they offer some great pros but keep in mind that they have cons as well. Some Pros to having a holiday wedding is that you get an extra day usually to either celebrate or recoup. Also, for those holidays that land on the Mondays, are more cost efficient as you could have your wedding on that Sunday when the venue will most likely charge you less for your rental. The other benefit is that most everyone has time off from work and in considering their schedules, it will still allow them an opportunity to travel back home or gives them a day to relax before having to go back to work. 

However, there are Cons to having a holiday wedding as travel and accommodations may be a bit more expensive and chaotic due to other travelers taking advantage of the long weekend. Your guest list may be impacted by the holiday weekend as your friends and family would rather spend that time partaking in their traditions or prearranged plans. The biggest cons to consider is that for major holiday weekends such as New Year's Eve, may cause you to spend more on your vendors as they have to make sure they have the staff to support your wedding on that day. Or how you could end up spending a lot more on flowers for a Valentine's day wedding... especially red roses since it's a hot commodity on that day. 

I also suggest avoiding holidays that have a higher significance like Mother and Father's day as most families have their own way of celebrating their loved ones.

Holiday Dates to consider for 2017 (I have included 2018 for the first 6 months as it may be too soon to try and host a wedding on these dates for 2017):

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day January 14-16, 2017 or January 13-15, 2018

  • Presidents Day February 18-20, 2017 or February 17-19, 2018

  • Memorial Day May 27-29, 2017 or May 26-28, 2018

  • Independence Day July 4, 2017 (Tuesday)

  • Labor Day September 2-4, 2017

  • Columbus Day October 7-9, 2017

  • Halloween October 31, 2017 (Tuesday)

  • Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017

  • New Year's Eve December 31, 2017

Religious/Cultural Holidays (Keep in mind that some of your venues of worship or officiants may not allow or will not participate in your wedding due to the holiday's significance):

  • Palm Sunday April 9, 2017 or March 25, 2018

  • Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 or April 1, 2018

  • Passover April 10, 2017 or March 30, 2018

  • Ram Navami April 5, 2017 or March 26, 2018

  • Eid al-Fitr June 24 &  25, 2017

  • Tisha B'Av July 31, 2017

  • Krishna Janmashtami August 15, 2017

  • Eid al-Adha September 1, 2017

  • Rosh Hashanah September 20-22, 2017

  • Yom Kippor September 29-30, 2017

  • Hanukkah December 12-20, 2017

  • Christmas December 25, 2017 (Monday)

  • Kwanzaa December 26, 2017 through January 1, 2018

Major Sporting Events and their locations:

  • Super Bowl February 5, 2017 Houston, TX and February 4, 2018 Minneapolis, MN

  • March Madness April 1-3, 2017 Glendale, AZ and March 31 - April 2, 2018 San Antonio, TX

And it's just an FYI, the next leap year isn't until 2020; February 29, 2020. There are some that say starting your marriage off on a leap year isn't the best of luck. 

Here are a list of my personal favorites and the reasons why:

  • MLK weekend; Sunday January 15, 2017 or January 14, 2018 as you can honor Dr. King on Monday, even use that day to recoup but you can still save a few bucks on your wedding by holding your event on a Sunday. 

  • The same applies on Presidents day weekend February 19, 2017 or February 18, 2018

  • Independence day, as most people are used to celebrating on this day, they usually either take the next day off or are used to going into work after having a great time the day before. 

  • Labor Day weekend; September 3, 2017, you can hold your Sunday wedding and still have a chance to enjoy a day of recoup that Monday following. 

  • Thanksgiving isn't for everyone as many families have their individual traditions of gathering for dinner but why not use this day as an opportunity to unit two families and maybe a few friends through the celebration of your love and marriage?! The benefit is your guest will get a whopping three days to continue celebrating or relaxing before having to go back to work and/or school. 

  • New Year's Eve is always a blast; why not bring in the new year celebrating your new life together as man and wife?!

  • Christmas Eve is a beautiful day to celebrate your union; for those more spiritually connected, having that connection to God is a gift and a blessing to be rejoiced. 

  • June 17, 2017 (Saturday) and November 17, 2017 (Friday) only because they're fun to say since the date and year are the same