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Approved Dates for a Wedding

Approved Dates for a Wedding


General Notes

  1. Aside for the auspiciousness of a given date, other considerations also play a role in setting a wedding date. See Wedding Preparations for more information on this topic.
  2. The following list is for weddings taking place outside of Israel. In the Holy Land, many Jewish holidays end a day earlier, which could affect some of the information below.
  3. Use our Jewish / Civil Date Converter to convert any secular calendar date to its corresponding Jewish-calendar date.

Extremely Auspicious:

Tuesdays: In recounting the story of Creation, the third day, Tuesday, is the only day when the Torah says twice, "And G‑d saw that it was good." The Sages interpreted this to mean that this day is doubly good — "Good for Heaven, and good for the creations."

Rosh Chodesh: The beginning of a Jewish month is an auspicious date for a couple to begin their married life together.

First fifteen days of the Jewish (lunar) month: The moon is a metaphor for the Jewish nation, and the days of the month when the moon is waxing are auspicious days for a Jewish couple to be married.

Tishrei 11: According to Chassidic tradition, the day after Yom Kippur is referred to as "G‑d's Name."

Tishrei 11-13: According to Kabbala, the four days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot are especially holy days; they correspond to the four letters of the Tetragrammaton.

Kislev: The entire month of Kislev is extremely auspicious, as evidenced by the holiday of Chanukah which falls during the last days of this month.

Chanukah (Kislev 25-Tevet 2 (or 3, depending on the year)): The "Holiday of Light" is a wonderful time to begin a marriage of light and happiness. If you are planning a Chanukah wedding, make sure that your wedding has a "Chanukah flavor." A kindled menorah should be on prominent display, and speak to your caterer about the possibility of offering some Chanukah cuisine — such as latkes and/or doughnuts.1

Tu B'Shevat (Shevat 15): "For a man is [akin to] the tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19). The New Year for Trees is certainly an auspicious date to start a "New Year of Marriage."

Adar: Adar is the month which "was transformed for [the Jews] from mourning to joy" (Esther 9:22). It is considered the Jews' "lucky month."

Purim Kattan ("Small Purim") and Shushan Purim Kattan ("Small Shushan Purim") (Adar I 14-15): These semi-festive dates in the first month of Adar (in a leap year) correspond to the dates on which Purim and Shushan Purim are celebrated in the following month of Adar.

Shushan Purim (Adar 15): An auspicious and semi-festive day.

Tu B'Av (Av 15): This semi-festive holiday has always been associated with Jewish marriage.

Elul: According to Kabbala, G‑d's traits of mercy and benevolence are revealed and accessible during the entire month of Elul. This month is certainly an auspicious time to schedule weddings.

Not Recommended:

Fridays: In consideration of Shabbat which starts at nightfall, weddings are not held on Fridays.
In times past, Jewish weddings were regularly held on Fridays. The chupah ceremony was held before sunset, and the wedding reception, which started after nightfall, was a grand Shabbat meal for all in attendance.
Today, Friday night weddings pose too many problems to be feasible. No music, pictures or videography would be allowed; all the invited guests would have to walk home, etc.

Shabbat: Wedding ceremonies are not allowed on Shabbat, a biblically mandated day of rest. Technically, weddings can be held on Saturday night after the Shabbat concludes at nightfall, but no preparations for the wedding whatsoever may begin until nightfall. This makes Saturday night weddings extremely impractical during the winter, and virtually impossible during the long days of the summer months.

Ten Days of Repentance (Tishrei 4-8): Due to the solemn nature of the Ten Days of Repentance, it is customary to refrain from scheduling weddings during these days.

Adar 13: The Fast of Esther. Nightfall ushers in the holiday of Purim and the obligation to hear the megillah — making it quite impractical to schedule a wedding for today.

Purim (Adar 142): The action-packed nature of today's holiday — which also traditionally includes a family-oriented festive meal at the day's end — makes it an ill-suited day to schedule a wedding.3


The days preceding biblical Jewish holidays: Tishrei 9 (day before Yom Kippur); Tishrei 14 (day before Sukkot); Nissan 14 (day before Passover); Sivan 5 (Shavuot); Elul 29 (Rosh Hashanah).

Major holidays, biblically mandated days of rest: Rosh Hashanah (Tishrei 1-2); Yom Kippur (Tishrei 10); Sukkot (Tishrei 15-16); Shmini Atzeret-Simchat Torah (Tishrei 22-23); Passover (Nissan 15-16; 21-22); Shavuot (Sivan 6-7).

Chol Hamoed (The joy of these semi-festive days requires a complete immersion in the spirit of the holiday. Dividing our attention between the joy of the holiday and the joy of a wedding celebration isn't fair to either one of them): Tishrei 17-21 (Sukkot); Nissan 17-20 (Passover).

Iyar 2-16: See below, "Omer Period."

Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz (Tammuz 17): Today commences the "Three Weeks," A Jewish national mourning period. Weddings are not scheduled for today.

Nine Days (Av 1-94): With the onset of the month of Av, we enter the Nine Days, the most intense days of the already mournful Three Weeks.

Differing Customs:

Omer Period (Nissan 23-Sivan 2): The "counting of the Omer" period between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot is a time of semi-mourning. Weddings are prohibited during at least 33 days out of this seven week period; however, which of these days are included in this prohibition depends on communal custom. Speak with your rabbi to determine for when your family/community custom allows you to schedule a wedding.
According to all customs, weddings are not scheduled for Iyar 2-16.

Three Weeks (Tammuz 18-29): The three weeks between the Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av are a Jewish national period of mourning. Ashkenazi Jews refrain from scheduling any weddings throughout this period. Sephardic Jews do schedule weddings until the onset of the month of Av.

Fast Days:

Fast of Gedaliah (Tishrei 35): A wedding scheduled for today must begin after nightfall.

The Tenth of Tevet: A wedding scheduled for today must begin after nightfall.

Fast of Esther (Adar6 137): A wedding scheduled for today must begin after dark. Nightfall, however, ushers in the holiday of Purim and the obligation to hear the megillah — making it quite impractical to schedule a wedding for today.

No Fasting

It is customary for the bride and groom to fast on their wedding day. They do not fast, however, if the wedding is scheduled for one of these following dates:

Shabbat: If a wedding is scheduled for Saturday night, the bride and groom do not fast on the day of their wedding.

Rosh Chodesh (There is debate amongst halachic authorities whether bride and groom fast if the wedding is scheduled for Rosh Chodesh Nissan).

Tishrei 11: Having fasted and repented yesterday, Yom Kippur, everyone is presumably free from sin on this day. Thus, the bride and groom do not fast if the wedding is held today.

Isru Chag (day following a biblical festival): Tishrei 24 (Sukkot-Simchat Torah); Nissan 23 (Passover); Sivan 8 (Shavuot).

Chanukah: Kislev 25-Tevet 2 (or 3, depending on the year).

Tu B'Shevat (Shevat 15).

Purim Kattan ("Small Purim") and Shushan Purim Kattan ("Small Shushan Purim") Adar I 14-15.

Purim and Shushan Purim (Adar 14-15).

Tu B'Av (Av 15).


The bride and groom should consult with their rabbi regarding their personal menorah lighting.


During a leap year, Purim is observed in Adar II.


See also Fast Days section below.


The mourning laws associated with the Nine Days expire at midday of the 10th of Av. Any wedding scheduled for that day must begin after midday.
Also, if Av 9 falls on Shabbat, then the fast of Tisha B'Av is observed on Sunday, Av 10 — and no weddings would be scheduled for this day at all.


If Tishrei 3 falls on Shabbat, the Fast of Gedaliah is observed on Sunday, Tishrei 4.


During a leap year, the Fast of Esther is observed in Adar II.


If Adar 13 is on Shabbat, the fast is observed on Thursday, Adar 11. In such an instance, a wedding scheduled for that Thursday would have to begin after nightfall.

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Anonymous December 24, 2017

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 (30 Tishrei 5780) is an auspicious date to set a wedding? It will be Rosh Chodesh ... Reply Staff December 25, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Yes! Mazal tov Reply

Lital Tel Aviv December 23, 2017

Wedding date Can I get married on Tuesday 7th of Adar 5780 ? Reply

Mrs. Chana Benjaminson December 24, 2017
in response to Lital:

Yes that's fine! Mazal tov Reply

Anonymous Barbados December 21, 2017

Hi can I get married on the 9th of September 2018 Reply

Mrs. Chana Benjaminson December 24, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

September 9, 2018 is the eve of Rosh Hashanah and weddings are not permitted on that day, the Sunday prior to that would be a good date (September 2). Reply

Jessica Toronto December 5, 2017

Could we get married July 1, 2018? If not, which weekends during the summer months are ok to marry? Reply

Lisa P. Illinois October 5, 2017

Wedding date Can we get married on Tuesday November 6, 2018, 28th of Cheshvan? Thank you. Reply Staff October 23, 2017
in response to Lisa P.:

Yes. Mazal tov! Reply

Anonymous Asbury Park, NJ August 4, 2017

Wedding date in August 2017 Shalom! We're choosing between August 26, 27 or 30, 2017 for our wedding. Either Elul 4, 5 or 8. Is one day better than another? Reply

Simcha Bart for August 4, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Mazal Tov! As far the day of the month, I am not aware of anything. But as the article above stated, Tuesdays are extremely auspicious. Thus if you make it Monday Elul 5 after nightfall, that would be best.

anonymous July 24, 2017

Rabbi Is it acceptable to have a post wedding brunch during the 10 days of repentance 2017 ? ( this event would be held on Sept. 24th 2017) Reply

Simcha Bart for August 4, 2017
in response to anonymous:

September 24th in 2017 is the Fast of Gedaliah, mentioned in the fast days above, thus any type of meal would not be permitted.


Anonymous June 10, 2017

Shalom. Is the 16 Av 5777 ok? Thank you. Reply Staff June 11, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Yes! That date is ok. Mazal tov. Reply

Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, for April 6, 2017

TO: Karen Yosafat Beleck Ideally the wedding should be held on a different date. However, if there is some sort of pressing need it can be held the evening before the fast - provided that the Chuppah be held during the daytime of the 16th. If the Chuppah is held during the day, the wedding celebration can continue into the evening.
It would be best to discuss this matter with the officiating rabbi. Reply

Karen A Beleck Baltimore April 6, 2017
in response to Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, for

Thank you! Reply

Karen Yosafat Beleck Baltimore, MD April 3, 2017

The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz is a Day Fast. Can there be a wedding the night before? Reply

Anonymous Miami March 29, 2017

Is it okay to get married lag b omer. Do the festivities have to end by a special time Reply

Simcha Bart for March 31, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

One may get married on Lag B'Omer. Though it may be ideal to finish the wedding before nightfall, as long as it began during the day - one does not need to stop by a certain time.

Reply Staff via June 27, 2016

To Patricia Mazal tov on your upcoming wedding. Jewish weddings cannot be held on August 7 2016 as that date falls during the Nine Days of Mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple, a time when weddings and celebrations are not permitted. The following Sunday is the Fast of Nine Av no weddings are allowed then either, the next available Sunday would be August 21, this is for 2016. Reply

Patricia Miami June 27, 2016

Wedding Could we get married on Sunday August 7 2016? Reply

Simcha Bart for Los Angeles May 25, 2016

October 2016 has very few possibilities, as it is filled with Holidays - the only dates available are Oct. 13, 26, 27, 30, and 31.

You can make a wedding on any date in November and December 2016, except for Friday and Saturday as mentioned in the article above.


Rochel Chein for May 24, 2016

Wedding the night before the tenth of Tevet A Rabbi should be consulted regarding scheduling weddings on this evening, as there are different opinions on whether or not it is permissible. Reply

Aharona May 23, 2016

That's after the dates we wanted. That lands on Jan of 2017. Thanks for your help?? Reply

Anonymous usa May 22, 2016

can you make a wedding in the evening before the Tenth of Tevet??
thank you. H Reply

Aharona Boston May 19, 2016

Help! ;) Please help me pick a day for wedding between oct and dec 2016! There's so many things to think about and to be honest we just want to be married by this time. Thank you! Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for May 11, 2016

Re: Auspicious times The "auspicious times" mentioned in the Torah refers to statements made without any basis. But auspicious times with Jewish and Torah based backing are certainly legitimate. Reply

Anonymous May 10, 2016

Doesn't Vayikra 19:26 prohibit acting on the basis of auspicious times? How can it be allowed for there to be auspicious times for a wedding? (I understand there being forbidden times due to other laws prohibiting certain dates.) Reply

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