Unique Wedding Dates – Choosing The Date For Your Wedding Reception

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Ready to start planning? Before you put down a deposit, check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your 2011 wedding.

Holiday Weekends
Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, it’s easier to host a Sunday wedding, which is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, costs of travel and hotels may be higher. Also, having a holiday wedding might adversely affect your wedding guest list. Some families have standing holiday weekend plans or traditions that they’d prefer not to disrupt.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
January 17, 2011

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
February 21, 2011

Memorial Day (always a Monday)
May 30, 2011

Independence Day
Monday, July 4, 2011

Labor Day (always a Monday)
September 5, 2011

Columbus Day (always a Monday)
October 10, 2011

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2011

New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2011

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 17, 2011

Easter Sunday
April 24, 2011

Passover (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, September 28, until nightfall on Friday, September 30, 2011

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)
Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hanukkah (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, December 21, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011, until Sunday, January 1, 2012

Costly Holidays
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’re likely to be more costly than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding.

Notable Holidays

April Fool’s Day
If you and your fiance are jokesters at heart, this could be the perfect wedding day for you. If not, choose another day.
Friday, April 1, 2011

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday)
Make sure your mom is okay with sharing this weekend with your wedding — but it could be the perfect opportunity to honor her. If you do choose it, make a toast to all the mothers in the room at your postwedding brunch.
May 8, 2011

Father’s Day (always a Sunday)
Ditto for Dad.
June 19, 2011

Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume. (If you love the idea of it, get our top Halloween wedding ideas!)
Monday, October 31, 2011

Days of Remembrance
Historically significant days may cause a conflict of interest for some guests.
September 9-11, Patriot Day: It falls on a Sunday in 2011.
December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: It falls on a Wednesday in 2011.

Super Bowl Sunday
If you don’t live in the host city and are marrying on the Saturday rather than the Sunday of Super Bowl weekend, then the big game shouldn’t affect your wedding too much — unless you and your husband are diehard pigskin fans and can’t bear to miss the big game instead of leaving on your honeymoon. If in doubt, steer clear of these dates and cities:
February 6, 2011, in Arlington, TX

Final Four/March Madness
Everyone loves the excitement of college b-ball (and betting on it!). Keep your sports fans at bay by avoiding these dates and cities:
Saturday, April 2, and Monday, April 4, 2011, in Houston, TX

Quirky Dates
2011 offers several interesting possibilities date-wise. September 10, 2011 (9/10/11) and November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) are already popular dates.  Amazingly 9/10/11 falls on a Saturday and 11/11/11 on a Friday so both could be great dates to consider for your wedding.

The one problem with these quirky dates is that they are very popular.  We expect a substantial uptick in weddings scheduled for these unique dates and we would recommend booking as early as possible.

Other Dates to Avoid
College reunions and/or homecomings, big conventions in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual charity events that involve your family or close friends.

Grab that calendar and pick a date!  2011 and 2012 are going to be very busy wedding years.

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