The Wedding Dates To Avoid in 2020, 2021 & 2022

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Picking out your wedding date involves a multitude of factors – like tossing up venue and photographer availabilities, figuring out what doesn’t clash with your family’s calendar and trying to line up your wedding with an inevitable honeymoon to Positano straight after.

Because you really have a lot on your plate with the above, we thought we’d put together a hand list of dates to just slice straight off your ‘potential wedding date’ calendar. This is because these dates are either public holidays (read: extra costs for all your bookings and your guests), are famously unlucky or simply do not exist.

So here it is, the wedding dates to avoid for the next three years. You’re welcome.

Wedding Dates To Avoid | Public Holidays

New Year’s Day

Wednesday 1 January, 2020

Friday 1 January, 2021


Australia Day

Monday 27 January, 2020

Tuesday 26 January, 2021


Good Friday

Friday 10 April, 2020

Friday 2 April, 2021


Easter Weekend

11 – 13 April, 2020

3 – 5 April, 2021


Anzac Day

Saturday 25 April, 2020

Sunday 25 April, 2021

Queens Birthday

Monday 8 June, 2020

Monday 14 June, 2021


Bank Holiday

Monday 3 August, 2020

Monday 2 August, 2021


Labour Day

Monday 5 October, 2020

Monday 4 October, 2021


Christmas Day

Friday 25 December, 2020

Saturday 25 December, 2021


Boxing Day

Saturday 26 December, 2020

Sunday 26 December, 2021

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Wedding Dates To Avoid | Awkward Days

Mother’s Day

Always falling on a Sunday, this day won’t get a second look from couples looking to book Saturday nuptials, but if you are tossing up this date be sure your that your mums are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day if or when you eventually become a mum yourself?

Weekend of May 9–10, 2020
Weekend of May 8–9, 2021
Weekend of May 7-8, 2022


Father’s Day

Also always on a Sunday, Father’s Day should be cross checked as an option with the dads in your life. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids.

Weekend of June 20–21, 2020
Weekend of June 19–20, 2021
Weekend of June 18-12, 2022

New Year’s Eve

Though this isn’t a public holiday, people tend to make rather large plans for NYE quite far in advance. So let your bridal party and other wedding guests know as far in advance as possible – and remind them all to book their accomodation as early as they can!

Thursday December 31, 2020
Friday December 31, 2021
Saturday December 31, 2022

Wedding Dates To Avoid | Unlucky Days

These ones go out to all the suspicious couples out there that don’t want to jinx their marriage on day one.

Friday the 13th 

The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700BC. However it wasn’t actually until the novel ‘Friday, the Thirteenth’ was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.

Friday March 13, 2020
Friday November 13, 2020
Friday August 13, 2021
Friday May 13, 2022

The Ides of March 

For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 BC. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.

Sunday March 15, 2020
Monday March 15, 2021
Tuesday March 15, 2022

Wedding Dates To Avoid | Days That Literally Don’t Exist

Traditionally, Greeks and Romans thought starting any new life event — from getting married to baptising a child — in a leap year would bring bad luck. While we wouldn’t write off the whole year, we really, really recommend skipping these days as they literally don’t exist. Which means a painful amount of planning for no ~actual~ wedding day.


Next Leap Year: 2020 // Saturday February 29, 2020

Following Leap Year: 2024 // Thursday February 29, 2024



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