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

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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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