When you start looking at the calendar to pick your wedding date it may seem like your options are endless. It's true, there are 52 weekends in a year to choose from, but when you start to consider factors such as religious holidays and other special occasions, the number decreases. You may have a sentimental choice (the anniversary of the day you met, for example) that turns out to be impractical, but if so, take heart: your wedding anniversary will be another special day in the year to commemorate.
Here are some UK wedding dates you should avoid in 2018 and 2019.
Before setting your wedding date, you should consider a few important factors. First of all, it must work with your schedule, and that of your guests. Then you must ensure that your chosen wedding venue is available on that date, as well as your caterer, photographer, and entertainment. And, of course, you should try to avoid certain holidays or major events that might cause a conflict for a number of your guests. Consider also long weekends: if most of your guests are local, a wedding on a long weekend might interfere with getaway plans. On the other hand, if many need to travel to attend your wedding, a long weekend might be ideal.
To help you out, we've listed all the major UK holidays, religious observances, and special events in 2018 and 2019, as well as April Fool's Day and Fridays that land on the 13th, in case you’re a little superstitious. And if you've got lots of sports fans on your wedding guest list, check the dates of important sporting events; we’ve included some here, but trust us, there are more!
Not all of these dates are absolute no-no’s, provided you give guests plenty of notice (another reason to send your save the date cards ASAP) and book suppliers well in advance.
New Years Day: January 1st
Valentine's Day: February 14th
Chinese New Year: February 16th 2018, February 5th 2019
Mother's Day: March 11th 2018, March 31st 2019
Daylight Savings begins: March 25th 2018, March 31st 2019
Good Friday: March 30th 2018, April 19th 2019
April Fool's Day: April 1st
Friday 13th: April 13th 2018, July 13th 2018, September 13th 2019, December 13th 2019
Easter Sunday: April 1st 2018, April 21st 2019
Important Sporting Events: May 19th 2018 (FA Cup final), June 14th to July 15th 2018 (FIFA World Cup), May 30th to July 15th 2019 (Cricket World Cup), July 2nd to 15th 2018 (Wimbelon), to name a few.
May Day: May 7th 2018, May 6th 2019
Spring Bank Holiday: May 28th 2018, May 27th 2019
Ramadan: May 15th to June 14th 2018, May 5th to June 4th 2019
Eid al-Fitr: June 14th to 15th 2018, June 4th to 5th 2019
Father's Day: June 17th 2018, June 16th 2019
Eid al-Adha: August 21st to 25th 2018, August 11th to 15th 2019
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland): August 6th 2018, August 5th 2019
Summer Bank Holiday (national except Scotland): August 27th 2018, August 26th 2019
Rosh Hashanah: September 9th to 11th 2018, September 29th to October 1st 2019
Yom Kippur: September 18th to 19th 2018, October 8th to 9th 2019
Daylight Savings ends: October 28th 2018, October 27th 2019
Halloween: October 31st
Diwali: November 7th 2018, October 27th 2019
Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 2nd to 10th 2018, December 22nd to 30th 2019
Christmas Eve: December 24th
Christmas Day: December 25th
Boxing Day: December 26th
Kwanzaa: December 26th - January 1st
New Years Eve: December 31st