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One of the first things you do when planning your nuptials is picking out a wedding date—or multiple options, to avoid pigeon-holing yourself. Use our guide below to make sure you pick the right one for the year of your wedding. Then, once that’s done, take our Style Quiz and download our All-In-One Wedding Planner app to get some extra help with the rest of those wedding planning duties.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other significant events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (reach out to your local chamber of commerce for more information) Also, be sure to look out for any annual occasions that may involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings where you have Monday off from work are accompanied by pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!), plus you can have your wedding date on a Sunday, which is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But the costs of travel and hotels may be higher on significant holiday weekends. And if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if your heart is 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, don’t forget to consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list—some families have standing plans or traditions they’d prefer not to miss.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 16–18, 2021
Weekend of January 15-17, 2022
Weekend of January 14-16, 2023

Presidents’ Day (always on mondays)

Weekend of February 13–15, 2021
Weekend of February 19-21, 2022
Weekend of February 18-20, 2023

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 on the same weekend as Mother’s Day if or when you become a mom?

Weekend of May 8–9, 2021
Weekend of May 7-8, 2022
Weekend of May 13-14, 2023


Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 29–31, 2021
Weekend of May 28-30, 2022
Weekend of May 27-29, 2023

Father’s Day (always a Sunday)

As you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day for a wedding date. 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 19–20, 2021
Weekend of June 18-19, 2022
Weekend of June 17-18, 2023

Independence Day

Sunday, July 4, 2021
Monday, July 4, 2022
Tuesday, July 4, 2023


Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 4–6, 2021
Weekend of September 3-5, 2022
Weekend of September 2-4, 2023

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of October 9–11, 2021
Weekend of October 8-10, 2022
Weekend of October 7-9, 2023


Avoid this holiday wedding date if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (or embrace it if you want them to!).

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Monday, October 31, 2022
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 25, 2021
November 24, 2022
November 23, 2023


New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 31, 2021
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Sunday, December 31, 2023

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