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Wedding dates to avoid in 2020, 2021 & 2022

I've been inundated with enquires over the holiday break. It seems that it is a very popular time to get engaged. I guess there are more opportunities with family here from interstate and overseas etc. to share the excitement with. I remember my nephew Josh went to elaborate lengths to make a special book that he gave to his girlfriend in front of the family as a Christmas present on Christmas Day. It chronicled their partnership from day one to that very day and on the last page, he asked her to be his wife. Awwwwrrrrrrr how romantic.

So if you have become engaged over the last few weeks, it's time to start looking at wedding dates and if you are, here are some to avoid over the next few years.

Friday 13th Days

If you’re superstitious, you might want to avoid any Friday 13th dates too. There’s nothing to say that getting married on Friday 13th is actually unlucky, but if you’re someone who’s particularly superstitious, here are all the Friday 13th dates within the next three years.

Friday 13th Dates in 2020

Friday 13th March

Friday 13th November

Friday 13th Dates in 2021

Friday 13th August

Friday 13th Dates in 2022

Friday 13th May

Big Sporting Events

Traditionally the AFL Grand Final is held on the last day of September (not to mention the finals series that leads up to that. You don't want to have people watching their phones during your ceremony (and if I catch them, I'll point them out and ask for a score update), or sneaking out of the reception to see what's going on etc. There is also the Australian Open (around Australia Day), the ARL Grand Final (first weekend of October), Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t hold your wedding during these dates, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

Important Personal Days

To avoid any family politics, you may want to check your personal diary for milestone birthdays, upcoming weddings of family members or friends, big anniversaries and any other significant days involving your family or close circle of friends.

Locally Significant Days

It’s also worth noting things that are being planned in your local area, or the area you’re planning on getting married in.

Does the town have an annual festival or carnival that might be worth avoiding? If you’re unsure and want to be on the safe side, contact the local council – they should be able to notify you of anything within the local area that is big enough to cause disruption to your wedding plans.

Aussie Public Holiday Dates

Some couples will aim to hold their wedding on a public holiday, for example, the October long weekend is right in the middle of "wedding season" in Australia, however keep in mind that it is different weekends in different states. Also keep in mind that long weekends can come at a cost, with increased pricing.

Aussie Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2020

Wednesday 1st January - New Year’s DayMonday 27th January - Australia Day HolidayFriday 14th February - Valentines DayMonday 2nd March - Labor Day (WA only)Wednesday 1st April - April Fools DayFriday 10th April – Good FridayMonday 13th April - Easter MondaySaturday 25th April - Anzac DayMonday 27th April - Anzac Day HolidaySunday 10th May - Mother’s DayMonday 1st June - WA DayWednesday 24th July to Friday 9th August – Tokyo 2020 Summer OlympicsSunday 6th September - Father's DaySaturday September 26 - AFL Grand FinalMonday 28th September - Queens Birthday (WA only)

Sunday October 4 - NRL Grand Final (twilight game)

Tuesday 3rd November - Melbourne Cup Day (Vic only)Wednesday 11th November - Remembrance Day (11am)Friday 25th December - Christmas DaySaturday 26th December - Boxing DayThursday 31st December - New Year’s Eve

Aussie Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2021

Friday 1st January - New Year’s DayTuesday 26th January - Australia Day HolidaySunday 14th February - Valentines DayMonday 1st March - Labor Day (WA only)Thursday 1st April - April Fools DayFriday 2nd April Good FridayMonday 5th April - Easter MondaySunday 25th April - Anzac DayMonday 26th April (Anzac Day holiday)Sunday 9th May - Mother's DayMonday 7th June - WA DaySunday 5th September - Father's DayMonday 27th September - Queens Birthday

Saturday October 2 (to be confirmed) - AFL Grand Final

Sunday October 10 (to be confirmed) NRL Grand Final (twilight game)

Saturday 23rd October to Saturday 27th November – Rugby League World Cup

Tuesday 2nd November - Melbourne Cup DayThursday 11th November - Remembrance Day (11am)Saturday 25th December - Christmas DaySunday 26th December - Boxing DayFriday 31st December - New Year’s Eve

Aussie Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2022

Saturday 1st January - New Year’s DayWednesday 26th January - Australia Day

Friday 4th February to Sunday 20th February – Winter Olympic Games

Friday 4th March to Sunday 13th March – Winter Paralympic Games

Monday 14th February - Valentines DayMonday 7th March - Labor Day (WA only)

Friday 1st April - April Fools Day

Friday 15th April – Good FridayMonday 18th April - Easter MondaySunday 8th May - Mother's DayMonday 6th June - WA DayWednesday 27th July – Sunday 7th August – Commonwealth GamesSunday 4th September - Father's DayFriday 11th November - Remembrance Day (11am)Sunday 25th December - Christmas DayMonday 26th December - Boxing DayTuesday 27th December (holiday for Christmas Day)

Saturday 31st December - New Year’s Eve

Steve Mummery is a celebrant based in Perth. You can find him online at or facebook at smcelebrant, Instagram @smcelebrant or you can find lots of wedding inspiration on his Pinterest page @smcelebrant including wedding & engagement rings, dresses, shoes, groom's attire, flowers, arbours, the lot.

Call Steve to chat about your wedding ceremony today on 0418 897 215 or email

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