When it comes to finding the best date to book your wedding, there are a few days that could be worth avoiding. It could be a public holiday, which can mean a spike in venue and supplier costs, or it could be a personally significant day that you need to keep free. If you’re hosting your wedding during a world cup final, you might find attention split between you and the match.

If you do decide to book your wedding around a bank holiday - and it can be a seriously smart idea! - you need to be aware that they can be moved. The UK Government have just announced an extra bank holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee; we'll now all be able to enjoy a four day weekend from 2nd - 5th June 2022. However, it's meant they've moved the late May bank holiday from the 30th May which has seriously scuppered some couples plans. They're unlikely to do this again until another milestone event but it's worth bearing in mind.

Interestingly, researchers at the University of Melbourne claim to have found the one date that they say is the worst to get married. After analysing one million married couples, they found that those who got married on February 14th – Valentine’s Day – were most likely to get divorced. Within five years, 11% of couples had split and that rose to 21% after nine years. Apparently it’s all down to couples wanting to have the perfect wedding, rather than a happy marriage. Eeek!

But there’s plenty of other dates are best to avoid as well as V-Day. We’ve put together a list of UK wedding dates in 2021, 2022 and 2023 that you might want to avoid when planning your big day.

Friday the 13th Days

If you’re superstitious, you might want to avoid any Friday the 13th dates too. There’s nothing to say that getting married on Friday the 13th is actually unlucky, but if you’re someone who’s particularly superstitious, here are all the Friday the 13th dates within the next four years.

Friday 13th Dates in 2021

Friday 13th August

Friday 13th Dates in 2022

Friday 13th May

Friday 13th Dates in 2023

Friday 13th January

Friday 13th October

Big Sporting Events

We don’t need to remind you what couples who married on the day of the England’s FIFA World Cup semi-final had to contend with. Guests were watching the match secretly on their phones as the couple walked down the aisle, sneaking out the reception to get a score update, and even pulling a last-minute sickie!

It’s important to know if your potential wedding date could clash with any big sporting events. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t hold your wedding during these dates (many are prime summer Saturdays, after all), but it’s worth bearing in mind. With the postponement of lots of big sporting events in 2020 – including the Tokyo Olympics – expect 2021 to be a bumper year.

2021

Saturday 6th February to Saturday 20th March – Guinness Six Nations Tournament

Sunday 7th February – Super Bowl

Friday June 11th to Sunday July 11th – Euro 2020 (Moved from June 2020)

Thursday 17th June to Sunday 4th July – 2021 FIFA Club World Cup

Monday 28th June to Sunday 11th July – Wimbledon Championships

Friday 2nd July to Sunday 25th July – Tour de France

Sunday 11th July to Sunday 1st August – UEFA Women’s Euro Championships

Friday 23rd July to Sunday 8th August – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Moved from July 2020)

August (Date TBC) – English Premier League Season Starts

Tuesday 24th August to Sunday 5th September – Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Moved from July 2020)

Monday 30th August to Sunday 12th September – US Open Tennis Championships

Saturday 23rd October to Saturday 27th November – Rugby League World Cup

2022

Friday 4th February to Sunday 20th February – Winter Olympic Games

Sunday 6th February – Super Bowl

Friday 4th March to Sunday 13th March – Winter Paralympic Games

Wednesday 27th July to Sunday 7th August – Commonwealth Games

Monday 21st November to Sunday 18th December – FIFA World Cup

2023

Sunday 5th February – Super Bowl

Thursday 9th February to Sunday 26th March – Cricket World Cup

Friday 9th June to Sunday 25th June – European Games

Friday 8th September to Saturday 21st October – Rugby World Cup

Sunday 22nd October to Sunday 5th November – Pan American Games

Most popular wedding dates of 2020

Important Personal Days

To avoid any family politics, you may want to check your personal diary for milestone birthdays, upcoming weddings of family members or friends, big anniversaries and any other significant days involving your family or close circle of friends.

Locally Significant Days

It’s also worth noting things that are being planned in your local area, or the area you’re planning on getting married in.

Does the town have an annual festival or carnival that might be worth avoiding? If you’re unsure and want to be on the safe side, contact the local council – they should be able to notify you of anything within the local area that is big enough to cause disruption to your wedding plans.

UK Public Holiday Dates

Some couples will aim to hold their wedding on a public holiday, for example, the August bank holiday is annually one of the most popular weekends for couples to get married. These public dates, however, can come at a cost and it’s possible your guests may have already booked to go away far in advance.

If you’re planning to steer clear of public holidays, here’s a list of all the 2021, 2022 and 2023 UK wedding dates you might want to avoid when booking your special day.

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2020

Saturday 28th – Monday 30th November

St Andrew’s Day and St Andrew’s Day Observed (Scotland)

Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th December

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Thursday 31st December

New Year’s Eve

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2021

Friday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Monday 4th January

Public Holiday (Scotland)

Monday 1st March

St David’s Day (Wales)

Wednesday 17th March

St Patrick’s Day

Sunday 14th March

Mother’s Day

Friday 2nd April – Monday 5th April

Good Friday, Easter Weekend, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Sunday 1st April

April Fools Day

Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd May

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 29th – Monday 31st May

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 12th June

The Queen’s Birthday

Sunday 20th June

Father’s Day

Monday 12th July

Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland)

Saturday 31st July – Monday 2nd August

Bank Holiday Weekend (Scotland)

Saturday 28th – Monday 30th August

Bank Holiday Weekend

Sunday 29th – Monday 30th August

Notting Hill Carnival

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st October

Halloween Weekend

Friday 5th November

Guy Fawkes Night

Sunday 14th November

Remembrance Sunday

Tuesday 30th November

St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)

Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th December

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Friday 31st December

New Year’s Eve

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2022

Saturday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Monday 3rd January

Bank Holiday (Substitute for New Year’s Day)

Tuesday 4th January

Public Holiday (Scotland)

Tuesday 1st March

St David’s Day (Wales)

Thursday 17th March

St Patrick’s Day

Sunday 27th March

Mother’s Day

Friday 15th April – Monday 18th April

Good Friday, Easter Weekend, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Monday 2nd May

Early May Bank Holiday

Friday 1st April

April Fools’ Day

Thursday 2nd June

Spring Bank Holiday (moved from 30th May for Queen's Platinum Jubilee)

Friday 3rd June

Extra Bank Holiday (for Queen's Platinum Jubilee)

Saturday 11th June

The Queen’s Birthday

Sunday 19th June

Father’s Day

Tuesday 12th July

Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland)

Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd August

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Saturday 27th – Monday 29th August

August Bank Holiday Weekend

Sunday 28th – Monday 29th August

Notting Hill Carnival

Saturday 29th October – Monday 31st October

Weekend Nearest to Halloween

Saturday 5th November

Guy Fawkes Night

Friday 11th November

Remembrance Day

Wednesday 30th November

St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)

Saturday 24th – Monday 26th December

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Tuesday 27th December

Bank Holiday (Substitute for Christmas Day)

Saturday 31st December

New Year’s Eve

Wedding Dates to Avoid

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2023

Sunday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Monday 2nd January

Bank Holiday (Substitute for New Year’s Day)

Tuesday 3rd January

Public Holiday (Scotland)

Tuesday 1st March

St David’s Day (Wales)

Friday 17th March

St Patrick’s Day

Sunday 19th March

Mother’s Day

Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April

Good Friday, Easter Weekend, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 1st April

April Fools’ Day

Saturday 27th – Monday 29th May

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 10th June

The Queen’s Birthday

Saturday 18th June

Father’s Day

Wednesday 12th July

Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland)

Saturday 5th – Monday 7th August

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Saturday 26th – Monday 28th August

August Bank Holiday Weekend

Sunday 27th – Monday 28th August

Notting Hill Carnival

Saturday 28th October – Monday 30th October

Weekend Nearest to Halloween

Sunday 5th November

Guy Fawkes Night

Saturday 11th November

Remembrance Day

Thursday 30th November

St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)

Sunday 24th – Tuesday 26th December

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Monday 1st January 2024

New Year’s Day

Now you have the dates sorted, it’s time to get your wedding budget in order. Here’s our guide of how to plan a wedding for just £3,000 – and not a penny more!