UK Dates To Avoid In 2019, 2020 and 2021 For Your Wedding

The date of your wedding day is highly significant. The entire wedding can be affected by a date alone, literally, every wedding factor runs the risk of being harmed due to popularity, costs, unavailability and even lack of interest! Therefore, it is vital you know dates to avoid (or at least be aware of if you do pursue this day) so keep reading to find out.

Local events

Nationally we have dates that run the risk of harming your wedding, but you need to remember to consider local events and dates that could affect your day specifically. Therefore, always research locally to you! For example, you may choose August 12th for your big day, but then it turns out your village is hosting a summer fete which means all roads will be closed to vehicles for that day… not good. 

Personal reasons

As well as locally, your own family may have personal reasons for certain dates being a problem for them to attend your ceremony. This may include birthdays, anniversaries, other weddings, health-related dates etc. therefore always get the general gist of dates that should be avoided. However, (savage comment pending) always consider the importance of someone’s reason for disagreeing with a date. For example, if cousin Jane says she cannot attend as it is her step sister’s, husband’s, cousin’s, birthday you should not let this deter you from the date YOU want. Consider if their reason is justified enough for you to change your mind on a date.

Sporting events

Although it seems trivial to change your wedding date due to sporting events, it is an important part to consider. For example, in 2018 many weddings saw their big day correlate with the World Cup Semi-Final England V Croatia and their entire guest list seemed to be more engrossed in England’s goal than the moment they said ‘I Do’. Therefore, consider whether your guests will be conflicted on paying your wedding their full attention. However, if you feel comfortable doing this, you could always say to guests beforehand that you do not want any mobile phones, ipads or any other streaming device found at your wedding during the ceremony and first half of the reception, then it is down to them what they do with their attention!

Here are some of the most popular dates confirmed for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

2019

Sunday 3rd February – Super Bowl

Saturday 6th April – Grand National

Saturday 18th May – FA Cup Final

Thursday 30th May to Sunday 14th July – Cricket World Cup

Saturday 6th July to Sunday 28th July – Tour de France

Saturday 13th and 14th July – Wimbledon Tennis Championship Finals

Thursday 18th July to Sunday 21st July – Golf British Open 

Friday 20th September to Saturday 2nd November – Rugby World Cup

2020

Sunday 2nd February – Super Bowl

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

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

Sunday 7th February – Super Bowl

May (date TBC) – FA Cup Final

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

UK dates

Back to those national dates you need to know about! Yes, some couples purposefully aim to have their wedding on a public holiday but these often come attached with hefty price tags. Therefore, we have collated the public holidays for the next three years for you:

2019

Tuesday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Wednesday 2nd January

Public Holiday (Scotland)

Friday 1st March

St David’s Day (Wales)

Sunday 17th March

St Patrick’s Day

Monday 18th March

St Patricks Day Observed (Northern Ireland)

Sunday 31st March

Mother’s Day

Friday 19th April – Monday 22nd April

Good Friday, Easter Weekend, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Saturday 4th – Monday 6th May

First May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May

Second May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 8th June

The Queen’s Birthday

Sunday 16th June

Father’s Day

Friday 12th July

Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland)

Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th August

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August

Summer Bank Holiday

Sunday 25th – Monday 26th August

Notting Hill Carnival (London Weddings)

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th October

Weekend Before Halloween

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd November

Weekend Before Guy Fawkes Night

Sunday 10th November

Remembrance Day

Saturday 10th November – Monday 2nd December

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

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th December

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Tuesday 31st December

New Year’s Eve

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

Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th May

First May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May

Second May 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 (London Weddings)

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

2021

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

First May Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 29th – Monday 31st May

Second May 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 (London Weddings)

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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