Setting The Date

Usually by the time people come to see us at Sublime Bridal, they have a date already set for their big day. However, sometimes all we know is what time of year they’re looking at (and let’s be honest, we’ve also had some ladies who have no idea, they’re just ready for the most exciting part of the planning—dress shopping)! But we want to remind everyone of the stress the actual date setting can sometimes be. “Why?” you ask? You’d be surprised how many holidays and significant dates fill up the calendar each year.

The first step should include checking off all your personally significant days. Think birthdays, family reunions or other weddings you’re involved with.

Next, your TOWN’S significant dates. Call your local chamber of commerce to check if any festivals, large concerts or conventions will be in town filling up your dream ballroom, or even buying out your guests’ hotel rooms before they can get to them!

Religious (and cultural) holidays are a big no-no, even if you aren’t religious. Keep in mind the beliefs of your guests, as well as the lack of availability during the most popular holidays (think Christmas, Easter—what venue will actually be open then?).

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, December 25, 2015

Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013
April 20, 2014
April 5, 2015

Passover (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)
Thursday, September 5, 2013, until nightfall on Friday, September 6, 2013
Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014
Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Thursday, November 28, 2013, until nightfall on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015

Thursday, December 26, 2013, until Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016
National holidays (yes, those long weekends we look forward to several times a year) have their pros and cons. On the up-side, hosting your wedding on a long weekend means one more day to celebrate—which could mean a more practical Sunday wedding, which often cuts costs at the venue. On the other hand, travel and hotel costs often skyrocket during peak vacation times. Also, there’s usually a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding, and while it may seem romantic to share your vows on Valentine’s Day, think of the outrageous costs of florals.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of January 19-21, 2013
Weekend of January 18-20, 2014
Weekend of January 17-19, 2015

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of February 16-18, 2013
Weekend of February 15-17, 2014
Weekend of February 14-16, 2015

Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of May 25-27, 2013
Weekend of May 24-26, 2014
Weekend of May 23-25, 2015

Labor Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of August 31-September 2, 2013
Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2014
Weekend of September 5-7, 2015

Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of October 12-14, 2013
Weekend of October 11-13, 2014
Weekend of October 10-12, 2015

Independence Day
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Friday, July 4, 2014
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 28, 2013
November 27, 2014
November 26, 2015

New Year’s Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Friday, October 31, 2014
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Finally, what about all those memorable dates? You know, the fun ones that tend to fill up fast! Well, if your groom is going to need help remembering the anniversary, try these dates:

11/12/13 falls on a Tuesday
4/10/2014 (a palindrome) falls on a Thursday
12/13/14 falls on a Saturday

5/5/15 falls on a Tuesday
5/10/15 falls on a Sunday
5/15/15 falls on a Friday

Also, the next Leap Year is in 2016 (keep in mind the ancient Romans thought this was an UN-lucky date, but what did they know?!)

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