Important Dates When Scheduling Your 2018 Wedding

One of the first questions you will be asked after announcing your engagement is, “Have you set a date?”  The date you choose is key to your entire event.  If you are on a tight budget there are some dates you will want to avoid and if you choose a date around a Holiday, you might find your favorite vendor already booked.  To save money, go for a Friday or Sunday wedding as many vendors will offer a reduced price on those days.   We also listed the 3 day weekends – these are great for guests who need to travel.   October is a very busy wedding month.  If fact, it ranks up with June as one of the most popular wedding months.

So let’s start –

December 31st – It’s a Sunday this year.  Some of you might want to opt for a 12/31/17 end of year wedding.  And besides it will save money on taxes if you file as “Married”.

January 1st  (It’s 1/8/18) – A easy date to remember!  What I call a Novelty Date.   (Yes, it’s a Monday)

January 13-14-15 – A 3 day weekend for many to celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day.

(January 21st – Our First Bridal Show of the Year at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, MO.)

February 4th – Super Bowl 52

February 10th -11th -12th   Lincoln’s Day is a State Holiday in Illinois.  That another longer weekend for some.

February 14th  – Valentine’s Day (Wednesday).  Florists will be super busy, and you might pay more for those red roses.  (This is also the first day of Lent known as Ash Wednesday.)

February 17th -18th -19th  – President’s Day Weekend – A 3 Day National Holiday.

(February 18th  – BrideStLouis Bridal Show at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles

March 11th  – Daylight savings time begins.  (Longer Days)

March 17th  – For You Irish Lads. (It’s a Saturday.)

March 18th  – BrideStLouis Bridal Show at Bear Creek Golf Center in Wentzville

March 20th  – First Day of Spring – Vernal equinox. (Tuesday)

March 31st  – Passover

April 1st  – Easter Sunday.  Most couples avoid that date.  Many churches will not perform weddings the Saturday before Easter – March 31)

May 13th  – Mother’s Day.  (Be sure to check with your Mom’s about that weekend.)

May 26th -27th -28th  – Big Wedding Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend.  If you are thinking about one of those dates, you need to get your contracts signed NOW.  Photographers and favorite venues may already be booked.  Vendors know that they can book these dates – so don’t look for price deals.

June 17th  – Father’s Day.

July 4th  –  (Wednesday) This could be a busy time for many places so get your reservations in early.  If you have folks who need to travel this could be an ideal time for them to come.  It’s generally HOT so consider an indoor wedding.

August 18th – A play on numbers.  It’s 8/1/18!  Also a Saturday.

September 1st -2nd -3rd  – Labor Day Weekend.   Book quickly if you want this date.  Good again for those with out-of-town guests.

September 10th – Rosh Hashanah (Monday)

September 23rd  – First Day of Fall – Autumn Equinox

September & October Weekends

Extremely popular in the St. Louis area.

Great time for those Wine Vineyard Weddings.

Ties with June as the most popular month.

October 6th -7th -8th  – Columbus Day is October 8th (Monday).  Another good long weekend.

Nov. 4th  – Daylight Savings Ends

November 10th  – 11th  Veterans Day  (Saturday & Sunday)

Many in the military choose this day.

November 22nd , 23rd ,24th , 25th  – Thanksgiving Weekend. These dates book fast.

December 21st  – First Day of Winter

December 25th – Celebrate the end of the year married!  Get a tax break for the entire year!

 

Also, be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Christmas, and Kwanzaa) when planning your wedding.  There may be restrictions at your house of workship.

And if your family is deeply involved in sports – avoid weekends with the Super Bowl, Final Four March Madness, and perhaps some local college games as well.

And finally, for number “13” fans – you have:  January 13th (Saturday)), April 13th (Friday), May 13th (Sunday), July 13th (Friday), and October 13th (Saturday).   This is for Friday, Saturday or Sunday events as noted.

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