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The Wedding Dates Canadian Couples Should Avoid In 2020, 2021 and 2022

  |   By Kimberly Aglipay

If you've just gotten engaged, congratulations! One of the first orders of business is to pick a wedding date. Although that might seem relatively simple, it might be one of the hardest decisions to make, given your venue and vendor options will be dependent on that chosen date. One of the easiest things to do may be to narrow down the dates that you shouldn't choose as your wedding date. Here are our recommendations for the dates you should probably steer clear of.

Religious Holidays This is an important one to consider—not only will you and your guests likely have other commitments, but your venue, if it is a place of worship, may also be unavailable to accommodate these dates. Holidays include:

  • Palm Sunday April 5, 2020 March 28, 2021 April 10, 2022
  • Easter Sunday April 12, 2020 April 4, 2021 April 17, 2022
  • Passover April 8, 2020 March 27, 2021 April 15, 2022
  • Tisha B'Av Beginning sunset on July 29, 2020, to nightfall on July 30, 2020 Beginning sunset on July 17, 2021, to nightfall on July 18, 2021 Beginning sunset on August 5, 2022, to nightfall on August 6, 2022
  • Rosh Hashanah Beginning sunset on September 29, 2019, to nightfall on October 1, 2019 Beginning sunset on September 18, 2020, to nightfall on September 20, 2020 Beginning sunset on September 6, 2021, to nightfall on September 8, 2021
  • Yom Kippur Beginning sunset on October 8, 2019, to nightfall on October 9, 2019 Beginning sunset on September 27, 2020, to nightfall on September 2, 2020 Beginning sunset on September 15, 2021, to nightfall on September 16, 2021
  • Hanukkah Beginning sunset on December 22, 2019, to nightfall on December 30, 2019 Beginning sunset on December 10, 2020, to nightfall on December 18, 2020 Beginning sunset on November 28, 2021, to nightfall on December 6, 2021
  • Christmas Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Friday, December 25, 2020 Saturday, December 25, 2021
  • Kwanzaa Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Saturday, December 26, 2020 until Friday, January 1, 2021 Sunday, December 26, 2020 until Saturday, January 1, 2022
  • Ramadan Thursday, April 23, 2020 to Saturday, May 23, 2020 Monday, April 12, 2021, to Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Saturday, April 2, 2022, to Sunday, May 1, 2022
  • Eid al-Fitr Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020 Wednesday, May 12 until Thursday, May 13, 2021 Monday, May 2, 2022 until Tuesday, May 3, 2022
  • Eid al-Adha (these dates vary based on the individual) July 31, 2020 July 19, 2021 July 9, 2022
  • Ram Navami April 2, 2020 April 21, 2021 April 10, 2022
  • Krishna Janmashtami August 11, 2020 August 30, 2021 August 18, 2022

Long Weekends Try to avoid scheduling your wedding on a long weekend. It's a courtesy to extend to your guests, who may have long-weekend plans scheduled in advance, even though you may think that having your wedding on a Sunday, with an extra day off, will give your guests a day to recover before heading back to work. If you have many out-of-town guests, this is also something to consider—it may cost more for them to come on a long weekend, and accommodations may not be as easy to come by if they are not booked well in advance.

  • Islander Day (for Prince Edward Island only)/Louis Riel Day (for Manitoba only)/Nova Scotia Heritage Day (for Nova Scotia only)/Family Day February 17, 2020 February 15, 2021 February 21, 2022
  • Victoria Day May 18, 2020 May 24, 2021 May 23, 2022
  • Good Friday April 10, 2020 April 2, 2021 April 15, 2022
  • Easter Monday April 13, 2020 April 5, 2021 April 18, 2022
  • St. George's Day (for Newfoundland & Labrador only) April 20, 2019 April 26, 2021 April 25, 2022
  • Canada Day Even though Canada Day doesn't always result in a long weekend, people often take time off before and after the holiday. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Thursday, July 1, 2021 Friday, July 1, 2022
  • Civic/Provincial Day August 3, 2020 August 2, 2021 August 1, 2022
  • Labour Day September 7, 2020 September 6, 2021 September 5, 2022
  • Thanksgiving October 14, 2019 October 12, 2020 October 11, 2021
  • Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Friday, December 25, 2020 Saturday, December 25, 2021
  • Boxing Day Thursday, December 26, 2019 Monday, December 28, 2020 Monday, December 27, 2021
  • New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Friday, January 1, 2021 Saturday, January 1, 2022

Other Holidays And Special Dates These are the days that don't necessarily constitute a statutory holiday, but may still hold significant meaning to your guests—these occasions include Mother's Day and Remembrance Day. Dates such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day might be busier for florists, and everyone knows that red roses cost a premium on this day!

  • Valentine's Day Friday, February 14, 2020 Sunday, February 14, 2021 Monday, February 14, 2022
  • St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Thursday, March 17, 2022
  • St. Jean Baptiste Day (for Quebec only)
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Thursday, June 24, 2021 Friday, June 24, 2022
  • Mother's Day May 10, 2020 May 9, 2021 May 8, 2022
  • Father's Day June 21, 2020 June 20, 2020 June 19, 2020
  • Nunavut Day Thursday July 9, 2020 Friday, July 9, 2021 Monday, July 11, 2022
  • Remembrance Day Monday, November 11, 2019 Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Thursday, November 11, 2021
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