The Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2020, 2021 and 2022

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UK Wedding Dates to Avoid

When it comes to finding the best date to book your wedding, there are a few dates that could be worth avoiding for a few different reasons.

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It could be that it’s a public holiday, which can often mean a huge spike in venue and supplier costs, or it could be a personally significant day that you need to keep free.

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.

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid

Within five years, 11% of couples had split and 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 dates in 2020, 2021 and 2022 that you might want to think carefully about when wedding planning.

Friday 13th Days

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

Friday 13th Dates in 2020

Friday 13th March

Friday 13th November

Friday 13th Dates in 2021

Friday 13th August

Friday 13th Dates in 2022

Friday 13th May

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid

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 sickie last-minute!

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.

2020

Saturday 1st February to Saturday 14th March – Guinness Six Nations Tournament

Sunday 2nd February – Super Bowl

Saturday 4th April – Grand National

Saturday 23rd May – FA Cup Final

Saturday 30th May – Champions League Final

Friday 12th June to Sunday 12th July – UEFA Euro 2020

Tuesday 16th June to Saturday 20th June – Royal Ascot

Saturday 27th June to Sunday 19th July – Tour de France

Monday 29th June to Monday 6th July – Wimbledon Championships

Wednesday 24th July to Friday 9th August – Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

Tuesday 25th August to Sunday 6th September – Paralympic Games

Sunday 18th October to Sunday 15th November – 2020 ICC World Twenty20

2021

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

Sunday 7th February – Super Bowl

May (date TBC) – FA Cup Final

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

Saturday 3rd July to Sunday 24th July – Tour de France

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

Monday 30th August to Sunday 12th September – U.S. Open

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

2022

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

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

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

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

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid

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 Wedding Dates to Avoid

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.

If you’re planning to steer clear of public holidays, here’s a list of all the 2020, 2021 and 2022 UK wedding dates you might want to avoid when booking your special day.

UK Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2020

Wednesday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Thursday 2nd January

Public Holiday (Scotland)

Sunday 1st March

St David’s Day (Wales)

Tuesday 17th March

St Patrick’s Day

Wednesday 18th March

St Patrick’s Day Observed (Northern Ireland)

Sunday 22nd March

Mother’s Day

Friday 10th April – Monday 13th April

Good Friday, Easter Weekend, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Friday 8th May – Sunday 10th May

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Monday 8th June

The Queen’s Birthday

Sunday 21st June

Father’s Day

Sunday 12th July

Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland)

Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd August

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August

Summer Bank Holiday

Sunday 30th – Monday 31st August

Notting Hill Carnival

Saturday 31st October – Sunday 1st November

Weekend of Halloween

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th November

Weekend Nearest to Guy Fawkes Night

Wednesday 11th November

Remembrance Day

Saturday 28th – Monday 30nd 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

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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

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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

Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Friday 1st April

April Fools’ Day

Saturday 28th – Monday 30th May

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

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

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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!