The joy of being engaged is an excitement like no other, but it can also be overwhelming, thinking about how to plan the wedding of your dreams.

One of the first questions you will be asked is, “Have you set a date?” The date you choose is key to your entire event. If you are on a tight budget there are some dates you will want to avoid and if you choose a date around a Holiday, you might find your favorite vendor already booked. To save money, go for a Friday or Sunday wedding as many vendors will offer a reduced price on those days.  We also listed the 3-day weekends – these are great for guests who need to travel.  In our area, October is a very busy wedding month. If fact, it ranks up with June as one of the most popular wedding months.

Many couples are choosing to go with shorter engagements because they have found that they can pull in together in a shorter period of time.  In addition, they don’t want to risk plans having to be altered or postponed due to social conditions.


January 1st – It’s a SUNDAY. (Some of you might want to opt for a 12/31/22 end of year wedding. If so, you can file your taxes as a “married” couple which might save your money!”)  Many companies will be celebrating a long weekend, so this could be a great time to say those vows, especially if you have out of town guests invited.  But check with family as this might not work with family Holiday plans.

January 7th & 8th – (Saturday & Sunday) Okay – it’s not a unique wedding date, but it is an important date to mark on your calendar. It’s our HUGE, 2 DAY BRIDAL EXPO at The Clayton Plaza Hotel. This is your opportunity to plan your entire wedding in one weekend. Look for more information on our web site at Buy your tickets early so you don’t miss out on some of the great, FREE seminars that occur at this event.  (A schedule of seminars is posted on our web site,  And with your ticket you are automatically entered into our $10,000 Wedding Giveaway!  How great would it be to win $10,000 in wedding services and products!

January 14-15-16th – It’s a Saturday/Sunday/Monday. A 3-day weekend for many to celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day.

January 22nd – Sunday – If you come to our January 7th and 8th Bridal Show, you can schedule a complimentary TOUR with any of the VENUES that participated in our Wedding Expo.  What an easy way to see a lot of venues at one time.  Many of them will have special prizes and refreshments.

January 29th – Sunday – Our second WEDDING EXPO of the Year in COLUMBIA, MISSOURI. If you missed our first event, you still have a chance to meet a lot of vendors, see a great fashion runway show, and get your $10,000 Wedding Giveaway entry.

February 12th – Lincoln’s Day is a State Holiday in Missouri/Illinois.  (Could be a 3 Day Weekend for some as many close on Feb. 13th.)

February 12th – Super Bowl – If your guy is a sports fan – forget about this date!

February 14th – Valentine’s Day (Tuesday) Florists will be super busy, and you might pay more for those red roses.

February 20th – President’s Day (Monday) (Another potential 3 Day Weekend).

February 21st  –   Marti Gras – (Tuesday)

February 22nd  –   Ash Wednesday (Catholics usually don’t marry in Lent.)

February 26th  – Sunday – Bride St. Louis’ Bridal Show at The Christy Banquet Center

March 12th –  Sunday – Daylight savings time begins. (Longer Days)

March 17th  –  For You Irish Lads. (It’s a Friday. Wear those kilts!)

March 22nd  – Wednesday – Ramadan begins

March 26nd  – SUNDAY – Bride St. Louis’ Exclusive Wedding Event for Couples to win $10,000 in giveaways. 

April 5-13th – Passover

April 7th  – Good Friday

April 9th   – Easter Sunday. Most couples avoid that date. Many churches will not perform weddings the Saturday before Easter – April 8rd

April 16th  – It’s Bride St. Louis’ SPRING Wedding Expo in Southern Illinois at the Gateway Event Center in O’Fallon.

May 14th  – Mother’s Day. (Be sure to check with your Mom about that weekend.)

May 27-28-29 – Big Wedding Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend. If you are thinking about one of those dates, you need to get your contracts signed NOW. Photographers and favorite venues may already be booked. Vendors know that they can book these dates – so don’t look for price deals. 

June 18th  – Father’s Day.

July 1-2-3-4  – (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) This could be a busy time for many places so get your reservations in early. If you have folks who need to travel this could be an ideal time for them to come.

July 23rd  – (Sunday) RUN for the Dress by Bride St. Louis.  Buy your wedding gown for a fraction of the retail price.

August 27st  – It’s Bride St. Louis’ SUMMER Bridal Show – Check our website for location and time.

September 2-3-4  – Labor Day Weekend. Book quickly if you want this date. Good again for those with out-of-town guests.

September 14-17 – Rosh Hashana

Sept. 24th – It’s our FALL Bridal Show in Columbia, MO. – Check our website for location and time.

September & October Weekends

Extremely popular in the St. Louis area.

Great time for those Wine Vineyard Weddings.

Ties with June as the most popular month. Book EARLY for weekends in these months.

October 7-8-9 – Columbus Day Weekend. Another good long weekend.

Nov. 5th  – Daylight Savings Ends

November 10-11-12 – Veterans Day Weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) Many in the military choose this time.

November 23-24-25-26 Thanksgiving Weekend. These dates book fast.

December 7-15  –  Hanukkah

December 23, 2023 – Just a Novelty Date! (Saturday)

December 23-24-25 – Christmas Holiday Weekend (Fri., Sat., Sun)

December 30-31 & Jan. 1 – End the year married! (Saturday – Sunday – Monday)


Also, be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Christmas, and Kwanzaa) when planning your wedding. There may be restrictions at your house of worship.

And if your family is deeply involved in sports – avoid weekends with the Super Bowl, Final Four March Madness, and perhaps some local college games as well.

And finally, for number “13” fans – you have (on weekends):  Jan 13th, May 13th, Aug. 13th, and Oct. 13th.



Setting Your Wedding Date in 2023

This Helpful Guide Compliments of Bride St. Louis