Wedding dates to avoid in 2019 and 2020
Updated: Oct 24, 2019
Every year I take a look at the dates to avoid if you are getting married. So if you're ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding. One of the first things you do when planning a wedding is picking out a date—or multiple date options, to avoid pigeon-holing yourself. Use this guide below to make sure you pick the right one.
Personally Significant Days
Check your own calendar for school or family reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.
Holiday weekend weddings where you have Monday off from work have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!), plus you can have your wedding on a Sunday, which is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and venues may be higher. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you've got your heart 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.
Australia Day (always held on the day, but creating a long weekend over the next 2 years))
Saturday January 26, 2019 (creating a long weekend with the holiday on Monday)
Sunday January 26, 2020 (creating a long weekend with the holiday on Monday)
Labour Day (WA ONLY) -always a Monday holiday
Weekend of March 2-4, 2019
Weekend of February 28-March 2, 2020
Mother's Day (always the second Sunday in May)
Make sure your mum is 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 mum?
Weekend of May 11–12, 2019
Weekend of May 9–10, 2020
Father's Day (always the first Sunday in September)
As you would with your mums, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. 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 August 31-September 1, 2019
Weekend of September 5-6, 2020
Queens Birthday - always a holiday Monday (WA)
Weekend of September 28-30, 2019
Weekend of September 26-28, 2020
Queens Birthday - always a holiday Monday (QLD) Labor Day (ACT/NSW/SA)
Weekend of October 5-7, 2019
Weekend of October 3-5, 2020
Avoid it if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Saturday, October 31, 2020
New Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you're allowed to marry at these times.
April 14, 2019
April 5, 2020
April 19 - April 22, 2019 (which will lead into the week that also has Anzac Day public holiday during the week)
April 10 - April 13, 2020
Passover (begins at sunset)
Friday, April 19, 2019
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, September 29, 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020
Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, December 22, 2019 until nightfall on Monday, December 30, 2019
Thursday, December 10, 2020 until nightfall on Friday, December 18, 2020
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Friday, December 25, 2020
Boxing Day (also Boxing Day Test Cricket)
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019
Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Days of Remembrance
We're talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful—it's up to you to decide.
Anzac Day (always on the actual day itself)
Thursday April 25, 2019
Saturday April 25, 2020 (creating a long weekend with a holiday on Monday)
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Friday, September 11, 2020
Major Sporting Events
If you're die-hard sports fans—or if you're worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game—avoid getting married during popular sporting events.
AFL Grand Final
Saturday September 28, 2019 in Melbourne (Fri Sep 27 a public holiday in Melbourne)
TO BE CONFIRMED, but most likely Saturday September 26, 2020 in Melbourne (Fri Sep 25 a public holiday in Melbourne)
Also in Perth be wary of any Derby battles between The Eagles and Dockers during the season unless you want people with earbuds in during your ceremony!!
If you're superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.
The Ides of March
For ancient Romans, an "ides" was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 BC. Since then, "Beware the Ides of March" has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Friday the 13th
The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon's Code of Hammurabi doesn't include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn't until a successful novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019
March 13, 2020
November 13, 2020
Greeks and Romans thought starting any new life event—from getting married to baptising a child—in a leap year would bring bad luck.
Next Leap Year: 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Following Leap Year: 2024
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Steve Mummery has been authorised by the Attorney General to officiate marriages according to Australian law. For reviews of his ceremonies, check his website at smcelebrant.com.au or facebook.com/smcelebrant/reviews.