Setting the date for your wedding can be one of the hardest parts of your wedding planning.

Some couples will choose a date that is sentimental to them – the anniversary of when they first met, first started dating or got engaged and so on. Sometimes couples will choose an anniversary of their parents or grandparents to honour them if they’re not around anymore. Other times they might get hitched on one of their birthdays.

Other times they know that they want to get married in a particular season or month so that narrows it down a bit.

If you haven’t set the date yet and are looking for some inspiration, here’s a guide to dates for 2016 and 2017 that are bound to be popular (for different reasons!)

2016

Sunday 14th February 2016 – Valentine’s Day. No need to say any more!

Monday 29th February 2016 –  the novelty of getting married on a date that comes up once every 4 years.

Thursday 24th – Tuesday 29th March 2016 – Planning a wedding on or to coincide with the Easter long weekend is often a popular option for people who are having a destination wedding, or have guests who need to travel to attend.

Saturday 9th April 2016 – One for the number nerds. What do the numbers 4, 9 and 16 have in common?  They’re all square numbers. If you’re a bit of a maths geek, this date might appeal to you!

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2016 – Dates to allow your guests to make the most of the ANZAC Day long weekend.

Friday 13th May or Friday 13th November 2016 – If you’re not worried about Friday 13th being unlucky, this might be a great day to have a fun wedding.

Monday 6th June 2016 –  6/06/16 is a Monday but might still be a hit with those who love recurring numbers. June 6th is considered an auspicious day to get married on the Chinese calendar too.

16th day of the month – dates with symmetry have been proven to be the most popular days for Aussies to tie the knot!   In 2016 there are a few dates that will be hot for people who enjoy symmetrical dates. April 16 (16-04-16) and July 16 (16-07-16) fall on Saturdays this year while September 16 (16-09-16) falls on a Friday.

Saturday 24th December 2016 – If you want a festive themed wedding, Christmas Eve is on a Saturday this year!

Saturday 31st December 2016 – Also falling on a Saturday is New Year’s Eve. NYE weddings have become quite popular in recent years.

2017

Saturday 7th January 2017 – Another one for the recurring numbers fans. 07/01/17 will be an easy anniversary date to remember.

Friday 13th January or Friday 13th October 2017 – More Friday the 13th dates to consider.

Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January 2017 – Australia Day falls on a Thursday in 2017. Having a wedding on this weekend will help your guests with an extra long weekend if they need to travel to get to it.

Tuesday 14th February 2017 – If you can deal with a midweek wedding, this is a great date for the romantics.

Saturday 1st April 2017 – April Fool’s Day can be a great day for a lighthearted wedding.

Thursday 12th to Tuesday 18th April 2017 –  Planning a wedding on or to coincide with the Easter long weekend is often a popular option for people who are having a destination wedding, or have guests who need to travel to attend.

Friday 21st to Monday 24th April 2017 –  Dates to allow your guests to make the most of the ANZAC Day long weekend.

17th day of the month – Dates with symmetry once more. In 2017 there are a few dates that will be hot for people who enjoy symmetrical dates. February 17 (17-02-17), March 17 (17-03-17) and November 17 (17-11-17) fall on Fridays in 2017  while June 17 (17-06-17) falls on a Saturday.

Other dates that might work for  you are around public holidays in  your state or territory, such as Labour Day long weekends, Queens Birthday or Melbourne Cup.

Check the local area where you are planning to get married to see if there are any events planned for the date you are keen on, such as festivals. It can become really difficult for your guests to book accommodation in these circumstances, never mind your wedding photos can be compromised when there are too many people around.

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