Wedding Planning – Important Dates to Keep in Mind for Your 2019 Wedding

Wedding Planning


Congratulations to all you brides sporting a beautiful new rock on that left hand.  One of the first questions you will be asked 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 –

January 1 – It’s a Tuesday this year.  Some of you might want to opt for a 12/31/18 end of year wedding.  And besides it will save money on taxes if you file as “Married”.  Many companies will be celebrating a 4 day weekend so this could be a great time to say those “vows” especially if you have out of town guests invited.

January 9, 2019 (It’s 1/9/19) – A easy date to remember!  What I call a Novelty Date.   (Yes, it’s a Wednesday)

January 19-20-21  – A 3 day weekend for many to celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day.

(January 27th – Our First Bridal Show of the Year at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, MO.)

February 3th – Super Bowl – If your guy’s a sports fan – forget about this date!

February 12th  – Lincoln’s Day is a State Holiday in Illinois.  It’s a Tuesday.

February 14th – Valentine’s Day (Thursday).  Florists will be super busy, and you might pay more for those red roses.

February 16-17-18 –  President’s Day Weekend – A 3 Day National Holiday.

March 3rd – BrideStLouis Bridal Show at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles

March 5th – Marti Gras (Tuesday)

March 6th – Ash Wednesday (Catholics usually don’t marry in Lent.)

March 10th – Daylight savings time begins.  (Longer Days)

March 17th – For You Irish Lads. (It’s a Sunday. Wear those kilts!)

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

April 19th – Passover Begins and Good Friday

April 21st – Easter Sunday.  Most couples avoid that date.  Many churches will not perform weddings the Saturday before Easter – April 20th)

May 12th – Mother’s Day.  (Be sure to check with your Mom’s about that weekend.)

May 25-26-27 – 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 16th – Father’s Day.

July 4th – (Thursday) 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.

(July and August can be very hot in St. Louis.  It is best to plan for an “indoor” ceremony/venue.)

August 31, Sept. 1 & 2 – Labor Day Weekend.   Book quickly if you want this date.  Good again for those with out-of-town guests.

September 29th – Rosh Hashana Begins (Sunday)

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.  Book EARLY for weekends in these months.

October 12-13-14 – Columbus Day Weekend.  Another good long weekend.

October 31st – Thursday

November 1, 2019 – Another Novelty Date (9/1/19).  Easy to remember.  (Sunday).

Nov. 3rd – Daylight Savings Ends

November 9 – 10 – 11 Veterans Day Weekend

Many in the military choose this day.

November 28, 29, 30,Dec. 1 Thanksgiving Weekend. These dates book fast.

December 22nd – Hanukkah Begins

December 25th – Christmas (Wednesday)

December 28, 29, 30 and 31 – End the year married!


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 (on weekends):  January 13th (Sunday)), April 13th (Saturday), July 13th (Saturday), September 13th (Friday), and October 13th (Sunday).   This is for Friday, Saturday or Sunday events as noted.


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