Check your own calendar for college 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 have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, costs of travel and hotels 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 consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they'd prefer not to miss.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday) Weekend of January 18-20, 2014 Weekend of January 17-19, 2015 Weekend of January 16-18, 2016
Presidents' Day (always a Monday) Weekend of February 15-17, 2014 Weekend of February 14-16, 2015 Weekend of February 13-15, 2016
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 the same weekend as Mother's Day when (or if) you become a mom? Weekend of May 10-11, 2014 Weekend of May 9-10, 2015 Weekend of May 7-8, 2016
Memorial Day (always a Monday) Weekend of May 24-26, 2014 Weekend of May 23-25, 2015 Weekend of May 28-30, 2016
Father's Day (always a Sunday) Like you would with your moms, 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 June 14-15, 2014 Weekend of June 20-21, 2015 Weekend of June 18-19, 2016
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014 Saturday, July 4, 2015 Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day (always a Monday) Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2014 Weekend of September 5-7, 2015 Weekend of September 3-5, 2016
Columbus Day (always a Monday) Weekend of October 11-13, 2014 Weekend of October 10-12, 2015 Weekend of October 8-10, 2016
Halloween Avoid it if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!). Friday, October 31, 2014 Saturday, October 31, 2015 Monday, October 31, 2016
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday) November 27, 2014 November 26, 2015 November 24, 2016
New Year's Eve Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Thursday, December 31, 2015 Saturday, December 31, 2016
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.
Palm Sunday April 13, 2014 March 29, 2015 March 20, 2016
Easter Sunday April 20, 2014 April 5, 2015 March 27, 2016
Passover (begins at sunset the night before) Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Saturday, April 4, 2015 Friday, April 22, 2016 Friday, April 22, 2016
Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset the night before) Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Sunday, July 26, 2015 Saturday, August 13, 2016
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before) Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014 Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before) Saturday, October 4, 2014 Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hanukkah (begins at sunset) Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015 Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Christmas Thursday, December 25, 2014 Friday, December 25, 2015 Sunday, December 25, 2016
Kwanzaa Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015 Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016 Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes) Monday, July 28, 2014, until Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015 Tuesday, July 5, 2016, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes) Saturday, October 4, 2014, until Sunday, October 5, 2014 Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015 Monday, September 12, 2016, until Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Ram Navami Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Saturday, March 28, 2015 Friday, April 15, 2016
Krishna Janmashtami Sunday, August 17, 2014 Saturday, September 5, 2015 Thursday, August 25, 2016
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.
Patriot Day Thursday, September 11, 2014 Friday, September 11, 2015 Sunday, September 11, 2016
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Sunday, December 7, 2014 Monday, December 7, 2015 Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.
Super Bowl Sunday February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ February 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA
Final Four During March Madness Saturday, April 5, 2014, and Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, TX Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX
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 B.C. Since then, "Beware the Ides of March" has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date. Saturday, March 15, 2014 Sunday, March 15, 2015 Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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 Code of Hammurabi doesn't include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as many as 3 millennia old. 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. June 13, 2014 February 13, 2015 March 13, 2015 November 13, 2015 May 13, 2016
Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event -- from getting married to baptizing a child -- in a leap year would bring bad luck. Next Leap Year: 2016 Monday, February 29, 2016