The Best and Worst Wedding Dates for 2019
From Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 2018 seemed like the year to get hitched. But don't count 2019 out yet; with the new year fast approaching, now's the time for soon-to-be newlyweds to consult the calendar and nail down a date (before the royals start snatching them up.) We've rounded up the best and the worst dates for your wedding based on holidays, travel considerations, and even good luck charms so you can start your wedding planning off on the right foot.
Best: Novelty Dates in 2019
The best way to make sure you're wedding date looks great on the invitation? A novelty date–let a scientific pattern ensure your date is the most aesthetically pleasing option. Here are a few options for 2019.....
Days with numbers that repeat themselves are a sure way to make your date stand out. Bonus points if its on a month or day that corresponds with 2019!
Wednesday January 9, 2019 (1/9/19)
Saturday February 2, 2019 (2/2/19)
Sunday July 7, 2019 (7/7/19)
Sunday September 1, 2019 (9/1/19)
Wednesday October 9, 2019 (10/9/19)
Monday November 11, 2019 (11/11/19)
A palindrome is a word or number that reads the same either backwards or forwards. There are tons of examples of palindrome words–mom, level, kayak–but each calendar year only has one palindrome date. For 2019 that would be September 10, 2019 (9/10/2019)...and if you still can't see it (9102019)
Best: Days of the Week
Saturdays are the most popular day for weddings, mostly because it allows guests time to gather for the big day and requires them to take fewer (if any) days off from work to attend.
Tuesdays are an especially auspicious day for a Jewish wedding. In some Jewish teachings, Tuesday is considered a lucky day because the book of Genesis mentions "and God saw that it was good" twice while referring to Tuesdays.
Irish tradition holds that Wednesdays are an ideal day for your wedding due to a poem that says that when it comes to weddings, "Wednesday the best day of all."
Getting married on a weekday can save a couple a lot of money by avoiding peak prices. So much so that in big cities where weddings are typically more expensive there has been a rise in couples who get married on Thursdays in recent years.
Best: Seasonal Dates
There really is no wrong time to affirm your love for your partner, but when choosing a month you should consider the season. The months between November and April are considered the months with the best weather to get married, due to the dry season. Your wedding's season will shape its atmosphere, from the wardrobe to the venue.
Best: Luckiest Dates
Why not start your marriage off on the best foot possible? Here are a few dates that give you and your partner a dose of good luck on your special day.
Roman mythology says that June is the best time to get married because it is the month of Juno, the roman goddess of marriage.
New Years Eve
The Irish have long believed that New Years Eve was the luckiest day to get married because you would start the New Year off newly wedded.
The 18th of any month
The Hebrew word for life numerically translated to 18. The word carries significant symbolism, making it lucky to be married on the 18th of any month.
July 7th, 2019
Seven has long been recognized as a lucky number. In Judaism there are seven heavens, in the Bible's story of creation God rested on the seventh day, and in Chinese culture it represents togetherness–making seven the most commonly agreed upon lucky number. When you get married on July 7th, you're set for double the luck.
Best: Personal Dates
Choosing to make your wedding date something personal is a great way to make the day more special. Anything from the day you first met to your first kiss, or the first time you said "I love you" will make your date, and future anniversary, all the more meaningful (not to mention romantic.)
Worst: Unlucky Days
Best to err on the side of caution and skip these supposedly jinxed dates for your wedding. Lucky for you 2019 isn't a leap year, which are considered by some to be very bad luck to get married on.
Ides of March
Friday March 15, 2019
Friday the 13th
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019
Worst: Holidays and Days of Remembrance
In theory a holiday wedding sounds good: Everyone has the weekend off, people can fly in for the big day, and you have an extra day to recover from the festivities–but hidden cons include higher travel costs, the prospect of conflicting obligations for guests, and a different celebration overshadowing your big day.
When it comes to holidays you don't need to fully steer clear (holiday weddings can be magical, if done well) but it's good to consider all of the angles. Here's a full list to keep in mind while you set the date....
Chinese New Year
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
People Power Revolution
Monday, February 25, 2019
Day of Valor
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Thursday, June 12, 2019
Wednesday May 1, 2019
Ninoy Aquino Day
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
National Heroes Day
Monday, August 26, 2019
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019
New Years Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Worst: Religious or Cultural Holidays
It's important when picking your date to think about and avoid the religious holidays that your guests observe that might prevent them from attending. It's also a good idea to keep an eye out for holidays that might prevent you from nabbing your favorite venue if you plan to have a religious component to your wedding.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Eid al-Fitr (varies based on lunar calendar)
Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019
Eid al-Adha (varies based on each family's observation)
Sunday, August 11, 2019
All Saints' Day
Friday, November 1, 2019
All Souls' Day
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Worst: Dates with Personal or Family Importance
Another pitfall to keep in mind when planning is dates that might not appear on the standard calendar but are nonetheless important to your family or friends. Your maid of honor might not think it's so sweet to give up her birthday celebration for your wedding, just as your aunt and uncle may not appreciate having to share their anniversary (though you can always check with them first.) Likewise, days of remembrance, like the birthday of a lost loved one, can make the festivities decidedly less festive, so think ahead before you book your vendors.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors