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When you're starting to look over the calendar and pick out dates for your wedding, it's always good to note which dates may be a problem for your budget, your guests and even your venue. Here are six wedding dates to avoid in 2016 and 2017.
1. Weekends With a Monday Holiday
While you may be able to score a discounted rate from the venue to have your wedding on a Sunday night, since most people have the Monday holiday off, you'll find that flights and hotel costs skyrocket on these weekends. Keep this in mind when picking one of those weekends, as some guests may have to decline coming because of the extra travel costs.
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016
Weekend of May 27-29, 2017
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016
Weekend of September 2-4, 2017
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016
Weekend of October 7-9, 2017
2. Thanksgiving Time
This may seem like a great time to have a wedding, since a lot of people travel during the Thanksgiving time, but it can be a very tough time for a wedding. For one reason, prices of travel and hotels go up during Thanksgiving. The other reason is that people usually spend this holiday with their family members. So if you have a lot of guests who do not live locally, they may not be able to attend.
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2016
November 23, 2017
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3. New Year's Eve
A New Year's Eve wedding may seem like a fun idea. What better way to celebrate the end of one New Year and the start of another with a wedding? Beware of high-prices at venues and from vendors if you plan to do this date.
New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, December 31, 2017
4. Religious Holidays
Be sure to keep in mind the dates of religious holidays when picking a wedding date. Even if it's not a holiday you observe, scheduling your wedding during Lent, Passover or Ramadan, for example, may limit guests from coming due to cultural obligations.
5. Super Bowl Sunday
If you're planning to do a Sunday wedding, cross Super Bowl Sunday off your list of options. And if you do decide to have it on that Sunday, be sure to have lots of TVs accessible for the die-hard fans.
Super Bowl Sunday
February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX
6. Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is known as the day of bad luck. If you're even a little bit superstitious, you may want to skip this date to have your wedding or even rehearsal dinner on.
Friday the 13th
May 13, 2016
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.