There are few things more panic-inducing than when the owner of your favorite wedding venue—the one that is somehow the right mix of farmhouse and modern, that has great food, no weird faux-marble pillars, and is (mostly) in your budget—whips out the calendar to discuss available dates. In that moment, when you're hoping for any opening, it can be easy to overlook the potential downfalls of the available dates. But fear not: We caught up with wedding planner Priscilla Erwin of Orangerie Events to get her list of the worst days to get married in 2018. Save this guide and consult it when the time is right.
February 4, 2018
"Unless you're planning a wedding reception at a sports bar, getting married on Super Bowl Sunday is a surefire way to have guests not show," says Erwin. Even if you and your spouse aren't big fans, the Super Bowl has become an unofficial American holiday so it's best to treat it as such. Besides, you didn't book a big, beautiful venue for everyone to cram around a TV in the bar, did you?
April and July 13, 2018
If you're at all superstitious, skip these two dates. They are the only two Friday the 13ths that will take place in the year.
You probably have dates of the major ones memorized, but there are also those holidays that move around the calendar from year to year. These include Passover (March 30, 2018), Easter (April 1, 2018), and Rosh Hashanah (September 9, 2018). No matter your religious affiliation, do a quick search to ensure you're in the clear. "Even if you don't observe the holiday, planning a wedding during a religious observance can hinder guests from attending," says Erwin.
September 1-3, 2018
Think twice before planning a wedding over Labor Day weekend. As most children will be heading back to school on the Tuesday after, choosing a date that marks the unofficial end of summer often means your guest count will be reduced.
While a Thanksgiving weekend wedding has a lot going for it in terms of seasonality, it could wind up costing you. "Most traveling costs are higher during this period of time and travel is hectic and chaotic during the holiday," Erwin explains. "Venues also charge more for significant holidays such as Thanksgiving, so you may end up spending more than you intended."