You’re still basking in the glow of the perfect proposal your fiancé just pulled off and now it turns out that the dream venue you both picked out happens to be exactly within the budget you set! You almost pinch yourself over all the good fortune you’re experiencing.
Much to your dismay though, you now face one of the biggest decisions while planning a wedding: picking the wedding date! Do you pick the day you had your first date or perhaps a relative’s anniversary? Maybe you just pick the month you want and let the venue tell you what’s free? There are so many choices that it suddenly becomes overwhelming.
Here at Cactus Collective we like to try and help make planning your wedding as easy as possible so we thought we’d provide you with a handy list of note-worthy dates in 2020 that might prove ideal for your big day if you don’t know where to even begin.
From supermoons to lucky numbers, there are lots of fun dates to choose from to start your lifetime together as well as many to avoid!
Supermoons are said to bring about healing and positive change so what better way to start your new life together than during this phenomenon.
For centuries people have believed that during this moon phase where the full moon is especially close to Earth, it’s a great time to start of a new chapter in your life and you are equipped with extra energy to do so.
Having your wedding during a Supermoon will not only fill you with heightened energy and a connection to positive change, but it will also light the way for your big day as you will literally have the most light possible for your reception with loved ones!
The Supermoon dates for 2020 are:
- March 9th
- April 8 th
- October 16th
- November 15th
Though it’s not recommended to have your wedding on an actual Holiday due to various reasons, it is a good idea to have it the day before or after a big Holiday seeing as most people will have extra days off of work the attend. Memorial Day Weekend is a favorite because your friends and family will have Monday off to recuperate. Here are the most advantageous Holidays next year to plan your big soiree around.
- Martin Luther King Day – Monday Jan 20th
- President’s Day – Monday, Feb 17th
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 25th
- Labor Day – Monday, Sept 7th
- Columbus Day – Monday, Oct 12th
Other Major Holidays:
- New Years Day – Wednesday, Jan 1st
- Independence Day – Saturday, July 4th
- Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov 26th
- Christmas – Friday, Dec 25th
If you are a sports fan then you might want to pan your wedding around the non-official holiday of Super Bowl which is February 2nd next year!
For ladies into fashion your non-official holiday comes with the arrival of National Dress Day on March 6th.
Though many people think Friday the 13th is extremely unlucky, others fancy the macabre idea of tempting fate by having important events on this date. For those of you feeling your dark side, there are two Fridays that fall on the 13th next year: March 13th and November 13th.
If you are into palindromes then February 2nd is your ideal day since it will be 02-02-20-20. It just has a nice look to it as well! The second runner up is 10-10-2020.
August 8, 2020: In the Chinese culture the number 8 symbolizes success and prosperity so seeing that this day is 8-8-2020, a double 8 is extremely lucky for a couple’s first day as husband and wife!
Religious Holidays to Avoid
It’s best to avoid having your ceremony on any religious holiday since they are sacred to people and you don’t want to risk alienating them.
Here’s a list of important religious holidays in 2020:
- Palm Sunday – April 5, 2020
- Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020
- Passover (begins at sunset) – Wednesday, April 8, 2020
- Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset) – Wednesday, July 29, 2020
- Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset) – Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020
- Yom Kippur (begins at sunset) – Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020
- Hanukkah (begins at sunset) – Thursday, December 10, 2020 until nightfall on Friday, December 18, 2020
- Kwanzaa – Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020
- Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar) – Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020
- Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar) – Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020
- Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days) – Thursday, July 30, 2020
- Ram Navami – Thursday, April 2, 2020
- Krishna Janmashtami – Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Days of Remembrance
It’s best to stay away from days where we honor those who have fallen for our freedom as a sign of respect.
- Patriot Day – Friday, September 11, 2020
- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Monday, December 7, 2020
- Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11th
There are many historically unlucky dates to say “I do” that stem from different cultures so if you err on the superstitious side then you might want to steer clear of them:
The Ides of March
After the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15 in 44 BC the Ides of March got a bad rap. Then when Shakespeare wrote it into one of his famous plays with a soothsayer telling Julius Caesar “Beware the Ides of March” that feeling of dread only grew. Since then, couples have notoriously steered clear of March 15th as their wedding day.
Greeks and Romans have always held the belief that starting any new beginning, whether it be marriage or child birth, on leap year is bad luck. Next year just so happens to be a Leap Year so beware of Saturday, February 29, 2020 when booking your event!
Hopefully this helps you get the ball rolling in narrowing down your perfect day. Whatever day you choose will be special so don’t overly stress about it and trust your gut. This is your day after all so use this as a guideline and pick what feels right.
Whatever you choose, make sure you contact us as soon as possible to make sure you lock in the date you want, especially if it falls on one of these popular dates. Couples are planning farther and farther ahead these days (some are even booking for 2021) so don’t get left in the dust. We can’t wait to work with you in creating the day of your dreams!