In the just-engaged excitement, you can get swept up and choose an ideal wedding date without too much thought. Sure, you know you want a August 2019 wedding, but have you factored in when the bank holiday falls (and how that will effect your budget!) or your loved ones potential holiday plans? Wedding dates can be more of a minefield than you might first expect, so it's worth noting some of the big wedding dates that might cause you problems for weddings in the next couple of years. Make things easy for yourself and take note!

1. Bank holiday weekends

Bank holiday weekends are, in theory, a dream wedding date. Even if you're planning a two or three day celebration, you have that extra Monday to make it a little easier on yourselves and your guests when it comes to holidays from work. Even if you're just planning a massive one day bash, you get an extra day for recovery! But, it also comes with cons -  for one thing, it might limit your venue options as bank holiday weekends are some of the first to book up every year, so your dream venue may not be available if you have your heart set on a specific bank holiday weekend. It's also often much more expensive, because of its popularity, and you'll have to factor in that your friends and family may have long weekend plans to head away. It's worth checking with all your most important guests to make sure they'll be free!

Bank holiday weekends for 2019/2020 fall as follows:

Weekend of April 20-22 2019 (Easter)

Weekend of May 4-6 2019

Weekend of June 1-3 2019

Weekend of August 3-5 2019

Weekend of October 26-28 2019

Weekend of April 11-13 2020 (Easter)

Weekend of May 2-4 2020

Weekend of May 30/31 - June 1 2020

Weekend of August 1-3 2020

Weekend of October 24-26 2020

It's worth noting as well that Mother's Day falls on March 31 2019 and March 22 2020, and Father's Day falls on June 16 2019 and June 21 2020, and New Year's Eve has similar cons to a normal bank holiday weekend, also.


2. Religious holidays

Regardless of your own faith, be sure to keep in mind the dates of religious holidays when picking wedding dates as it may have ramifications in terms of how easy it is to have your ceremony in a religious building, or may limit guests attending.


3. Friday the 13th

If you're superstitious, Friday the 13th is probably a no go for wedding dates, as it is known as a day of bad luck. There are four instances of the 13th falling on a Friday in 2019 and 2020, so bear these in mind if you put any amount of heed behind bad luck vibes:

September 13 2019

December 13 2019

March 13 2020

November 13 2020

2020 is also a leap year, which is considered similarly unlucky if you were planning to get married or baptise your child on February 29 2020.


4. Major sporting events

Good luck getting die hard GAA fans to choose your wedding over an All Ireland final, especially if their county's team is involved. In 2019, the hurling final is set for  August 18, and the football final for September 1, with the 2020 dates still to be announced. You have another major sporting event to look out for in 2020 however, as Euro 2020 will be running from June 12 to July 12, and as the Boys in Green fans were the stars of Euro 2016, you can expect your friends and family might have more than a passing interest in the matches in 2020 as well. The final will be on July 12 2020 and on the off chance Ireland make it, you may just cancel your big day if it's set for that date, or prepare to set up a screen at your venue!


5. Personally Significant Days

It's worth doing a quick double check of your own calendar before settling on a final date - you don't want to double book yourself for family weddings, anniversaries, major birthdays or even simply major conventions or festivals going on, which may limit guest accommodation in the area and cause you a headache down the line.


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