Planning To Get Married On A Major Holiday? Think Twice

September 5, 2018  |  

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Getting married is one of those monumental moments in life that you’ll remember forever and hopefully only do once if you’re lucky. Despite all of the planning that goes into walking down the aisle on your big day, a new study reveals that the date you choose could be the most important detail of all.

If you’re getting married you may want to resist the temptation to choose a popular or cutesy date to tie the knot, as it’s been revealed that certain dates spell disaster for a marriage despite looking good on paper. According to researchers at the University of Melbourne, having your wedding on a perceived romantic day or a national holiday could be bad news.

If you’re wondering what is considered the worst day to get married, you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s Valentine’s Day. Sure, it’s known as the day for lovers all around, but in terms of marriage it’s the beginning of the end for many couples. The study analyzed one million married couples and found Valentine’s Day to be the worst date to get married. Around 11 percent of those who got hitched on February 14 were divorced within five years. After nine years, 21 percent had legally split.

Additionally, popular holidays such as Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving should also be approached with caution. These dates aren’t recommended because many people are on vacation during this time or already have traditional family plans they’re not willing to alter to attend a wedding.

In the final entry of the study, it was discovered that there was another type of wedding date you should avoid. Getting married on “special number days,” such as September 1999 (which also reads as 9/9/99) is not advised.

It’s also been suggested that couples who choose these cutesy wedding dates appear to be more focused on having the perfect wedding instead of a happy marriage.

If you’re planning a wedding, how about you and your intended select a day that’s more meaningful to you as a couple instead of one that you hope will give you “aww” factor that usually comes with selecting popular dates. Make more plans for the marriage than the wedding.

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