Best and Worst Days to Get Married On
Even in ancient cultures, there have always been days which are considered ‘good’ or ‘bad’ days to get married on. While Roman Catholic history teaches that the month of May is good luck due to its association with the Virgin Mary, in Pagan times the month of May was firmly regarded as a bad time to tie the knot – due to May being the time the Beltane Festival was celebrated with outdoor orgies, deemed a bad omen for weddings. In Chinese culture, a wedding date may be deemed suitable or unsuitable based on the Chinese calendar, or factors such as the couple’s zodiac sign. In modern day Britain, there are several factors that make a wedding date ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
Here’s just a couple:
1. New Year’s Eve – not only can a winter wedding be gorgeous, tying the knot on New Year’s Eve can be extra magical! Everyone has the next day off work and has already written it off for recovery, so you don’t have to worry about interrupting anyone’s schedule. Plus, everyone knows that going out on New Year’s Eve is overrated – so why not see in the New Year saying your vows, surrounded by your closest friends and family?
2. Anything at the end of September – while people usually associate September with the ending of summer, meteorically, September is usually as warm as August, but without the title of a ‘summer wedding’. It won’t be as sweaty, people are less likely to be away on holiday… it’s a logistic dream.
3. November 5th – While we celebrate the 5th of November as a reminder that treason is forbidden, nowadays it’s become more of a celebration of autumn, with fireworks, bonfires, toffee apples, mulled cider, pumpkin soup… etc. If any of these things sound good, why not celebrate your wedding on Bonfire Night!
4. Any day that suits you – With all superstitious-ness aside, the best day for your wedding is one that suits the two of you as a couple. There is, however, several days that you should air on the side of caution when choosing. They are as follows:
1. New Year’s Day – as discussed, New Year’s Day is a day when most people are sleeping, recovering, and getting ready for going back to work after Christmas. Coupled with the fact that there’s no public transport on New Year’s Day, it can be a nightmare for a wedding day!
2. Christmas Day – while this used to be a very popular wedding day, getting married on Christmas day is nowadays hugely difficult. No one with children will come, there’s no transport, barely anywhere will even consider opening on Christmas Day… and besides, don’t you want your wedding day to be about your love as a couple?
3. Easter Weekend – this date can cause some difficulty, especially if your guests are religious. With all that aside, don’t forget that a lot of people travel out of town on the 4-day Easter weekend to spend time with their family. If you have your wedding that weekend, people will be unable to do that. Although, if you aren’t too religious, having your wedding on Easter weekend does give you extra time to recover from the party…
4. September the 11th – for obvious reasons.
1. Valentine’s Day – it can be incredibly romantic, but chances are, your guests will be wanting to spend the day with their other half, not celebrating your wedding.
2. Halloween – A Halloween wedding can be heaven or hell, depending on what kind of couple you are. Think wisely!
3. May Bank Holiday Weekend(s) – Having a Bank Holiday wedding might seem like a great idea, but again, if people were planning on travelling, you take away their valuable holiday time. That said, it does give people more time to recover afterwards.
4. Either of your birthdays – it could make your birthday extra special, or you’ll completely forget it’s your birthday amidst wedding chaos…
When it comes down to it, the perfect wedding date is one that you and your partner decide is right for you. It doesn’t matter what others think – all that matters is that the two of you are happy. (We seriously do advise against New Year’s Day though.)