Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Dates to Avoid 2015-2020

Just got engaged over the holidays?  One of the first decisions you will have to make is when you want to get married. Not just spring, summer fall or winter – but actual dates!  If you’re planning a bar/bat mitzvah, that decision is narrowed down based on the Jewish calendar and your child’s birthday. But either way, the final date for the party is usually up to you. Caterers and venues will offer deals based not only on time of year (winter is typically the least expensive), but dates as well.  Before you sign on the dotted line, we’ve put together a list of religious and secular dates that you may want to avoid booking.

Mazelmoments Major Jewish Holidays Calendar includes dates to avoid for 5 years

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Major Religious Jewish Holidays

No matter what religion you are, you’ll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your wedding. Celebration of the Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the day before the first full holiday date and ends at nightfall of the last day.  You’ll also want to find out sunset times for the start and end of Shabbat.

PURIM
March 4, 2015 (at sunset) – March 5, 2015

March 23, 2016 (at sunset) – March 24, 2016

March 11, 2017 (at sunset) – March 12, 2017

February 28, 2018 (at sunset) – March 1, 2018

March 20, 2019 (at sunset) – March 21, 2019

March 9, 2020 (at sunset) – March 10, 2020


PASSOVER
April 3, 2015 (at sunset) – April 11, 2015

April 22, 2016 (at sunset) – April 30, 2016

April 10, 2017 (at sunset) – April 18, 2017

March 30, 2018 (at sunset) – April 7, 2018

April 19, 2019 (at sunset) – April 27, 2019

April 8, 2020 (at sunset) – April 16, 2020                                                 

Traditionally, no Jewish marriages are held between Passover and Shavuot except on Lag B’ Omer.

LAG B’OMER
May 6, 2015 (at sunset) – May 7, 2015

May 25, 2016 (at sunset) – May 26, 2016

May 13, 2017 (at sunset) – May 14, 2017

May 2, 2018 (at sunset) – May 3, 2018

May 22, 2019 (at sunset) – May 23, 2019

May  11, 2020 (at sunset) – May 12, 2020

On Lag B’Omer you can get married.

SHAVUOT
May 23, 2015 (at sunset) – May 25, 2015

June 11, 2016 (at sunset) – June 13, 2016

May 30, 2017 (at sunset) – June 1, 2017

May 19, 2018 (at sunset) – May 21, 2018

June 8, 2019 (at sunset) – June 10, 2019

May 28, 2020 (at sunset) – May 30, 2020

See above note no Jewish marriages between Passover and Shavuot

THREE WEEKS LEADING UP TO AND INCLUDING TISHA B’AV
July 3, 2015 (at sunset) – July 26, 2015

July 22, 2016 (at sunset) -August 14, 2016

July 10, 2017 (at sunset) – August 1, 2017

June 29, 2018 (at sunset) – July 22, 2018

July 19, 2019 (at sunset) – August 11, 2019

July 8, 2020 (at sunset) – July 30, 2020

Jewish marriages are not allowed during the period of three weeks leading up and including to the Fast of Tisha B’av.

ROSH HASHANA
September 13, 2015 (at sunset) – September 15, 2015

October 2, 2016 (at sunset) – October 4, 2016

September 20, 2017 (at sunset) – September 22, 2017

September 9, 2018 (at sunset) – September 11, 2018

September 29, 2019 (at sunset) – October 1, 2019

September 18, 2020 (at sunset) – September 20, 2020

YOM KIPPUR  
September 22, 2015 (at sunset) – September 23, 2015

October 11, 2016 (at sunset) – October 12, 2016

September 29, 2017 (at sunset) – September 30, 2017

September 18, 2018 (at sunset) – September 19, 2018

October 8, 2019 (at sunset) -October 9, 2019

September 27, 2020 (at sunset) – September 28, 2020

Ends at sundown with a traditional ‘Break The Fast’ meal

SUKKOT
September 27, 2015 (at sunset) – October 4, 2015

October 16, 2016 (at sunset) – October 23, 2016

October 4, 2017 (at sunset) – October 11, 2017

September 23, 2018 (at sunset) – September 30, 2018

October 13 2019 (at sunset) – October 20, 2019

October 2, 2020 (at sunset) – October 9, 2020

SIMCHAT TORAH 
October 5, 2015 (at sunset) – October 6, 2015

October 24, 2016 (at sunset) – October 25, 2016

October 12, 2017 (at sunset) – October 13, 2017

October 1, 2018 (at sunset) – October 2, 2018

October 21, 2019 (at sunset) – October 22, 2019

October 10, 2020 (at sunset) – October 11, 2020                                                    

CHANUKAH
December 6, 2015 (at sunset) – December 14, 2015

December 24, 2016 (at sunset) – January 1, 2017

December 12, 2017 (at sunset) – December 20, 2017

December 2, 2018 (at sunset) – December 10, 2018

December 22, 2019 (at sunset) – December 30, 2019

December 10, 2020 (at sunset) – December 18, 2020

Bar & Bat Mitzvah, Wedding Venues & VendorsHOLIDAYS

Many venues have special deals for three-day holiday weekends. You can save money and your guests have more time to travel and make a mini-vacation around your affair. The flip side is that hotels and airfare are typically more expensive during these weekends and roads are more congested with vacationers. Guests have to make their travel and accommodation plans well in advance and may have to change any other previous scheduled plans.

If members of your wedding  party are still in college, make sure you check with them about their exam schedule.

NEW YEARS DAY
always January 1                                                  

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY
January 19, 2015
January 18, 2016
January 16, 2017
January 15, 2018
January 21, 2019
January 20, 2020

PRESIDENT’S DAY
February 16, 2015
February 15, 2016
February 20, 2017
February 19, 2018
February 18, 2019
February 17, 2020

GOOD FRIDAY
April 3, 2015     
March 25, 2016
April 14, 2017
March 30, 2018
April 19, 2019
April 10, 2020                                                                                              

This is important out of respect for your guests if you are planning a Friday night Rehearsal Dinner.

EASTER SUNDAY
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016
April 16, 2017
April 1, 2018
April 21, 2019
April 12, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY                                                                                          
May 25, 2015     
May 30, 2016
May 29, 2017
May 28, 2018
May 27, 2019
May 25, 2020                     

INDEPENDENCE DAY
always July 4                                                         

LABOR DAY
September 7, 2015
September 5, 2016
September 4, 2017
September 3, 2018
September 2, 2019
September 7, 2020

COLUMBUS DAY
October 12, 2015
October 10, 2016
October 9, 2017
October 8, 2018
October 14, 2019
October 12, 2020

THANKSGIVING DAY (US)                                        
November 26, 2015
November 24, 2016
November 23, 2017
November 22, 2018
November 28, 2019
November 26, 2020

Most offices in the US give a 4-day weekend for Thanksgiving.

CHRISTMAS DAY
always December 25                                           

Sporting Events

If your close family or friends are die-hard sport fans, you will want to avoid their checking their phone for scores and updates during the party. And if you are hosting the event in the same city as the games, your guests may have difficulty finding hotel rooms. So before you put down your deposit, send out the save-the-dates – read on.

The Super Bowl
Since the Super Bowl is always on a Sunday,  a Saturday night affair shouldn’t be a problem. But is you are thinking of a Sunday afternoon affair (wedding or bar/bar mitzvah) look over your guest list!  For your Saturday overnight guest, how about a Super Bowl party rather than an early brunch so that your guests won’t be pressed to leave early.
February 1, 2015
February 7, 2016
February 5, 2017
February 4, 2018

The World Series
Mid to Late October (Exact dates to be determined during season.)

The World Cup
Only held once every four years.
June 14 – July 15, 2018

Final Four
April 4 & 6 2015 
April 2 & 4 2016

The Olympics – Once every two years, alternating between winter and summer.
2016: August 5, 2016 – August 21, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro
2018: February 9, 2018 – February 25, 2018 – PyeongChang
2020: July 24, 2020 – August 9, 2020 – Tokyo

OTHER DATES TO AVOID

Daylight Savings Time

This is probably one of the most overlooked days! If your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah is on a Sunday daylight savings weekend, you and your guests need to remember to change their watches and clocks to get to the party on time – especially if your affair is in the Spring when we spring forward an hour!!

SPRING FORWARD
March 8, 2015
March 13, 2016
March 12, 2017
March 11, 2018
March 10, 2019
March 8, 2020

FALL BACK
November 1, 2015
November 6, 2016
November 5, 2017
November 4, 2018
November 3, 2019
November 1, 2020

Friday the 13th
Superstitious???  If you or anyone in your wedding party may be, avoid having your rehearsal dinner or wedding on Friday the 13th
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
May 13, 2016
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019
March 13, 2020
November 13, 2020

April Fool’s Day
This may be a fun idea for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah – but think it over carefully!
Always April 1

Be sure to check out our free Wedding Planning Tools & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Toolkit.  Have fun planning!

Written by Cigall Goldman

Cigall Goldman