One of the first things you do when planning a wedding is picking out a date—or multiple date options, to avoid pigeon-holing yourself. Use the guide below to make sure you pick the right one.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings where you have Monday off from work have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!), plus you can have your wedding on a Sunday, which is often less expensive than a Saturday. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And 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’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Also, don’t forget to consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list—some families have standing plans or traditions they’d prefer not to miss.

• Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18–20, 2020

• Presidents’ Day – Feb. 15–17, 2020

• Mother’s Day – May 11–12, 2019

• Memorial Day – May 25–27, 2019

• Father’s Day – June 15–16, 2019

• Independence Day – July 4, 2019

• Labor Day -Aug. 31–Sept. 2, 2019

• Columbus Day – Oct. 12–14, 2019

• Halloween – Oct. 31, 2019

Thanksgiving – Nov. 28, 2019

• New Year’s Eve – Dec. 31, 2019

• Easter Sunday – Apr. 21, 2019

• Christmas – Dec. 25, 2019

• Super Bowl Sunday – Feb. 2, 2020,

Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida

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