Author name: Lisa Cockington

Why will these dates be the most popular wedding dates for 2023?

Not all wedding dates are equally popular – some are more highly sought after than others.   What does this mean for you?

You’ve just got engaged!  How wonderful!  And there’s that flutter of butterflies and excitement as you start to think about planning your wedding.  Most couples start the planning cycle with choosing a venue, and then a celebrant.  Why? Because they are two things you can’t have a wedding without.  Even if you plan to get married at a park or someone’s home – you need to know that its suitable and available, right?

Most couples also have an idea about what month they want to be married in.  The thing is, most couples are looking at the same months – namely March, April, and September, October, November – Autumn and Spring.

Add to that, the fact that most couples choose a Saturday (although this is changing – see my note at the end) – we’re now narrowing down date choices to a handful of preferred dates that everyone competes for.  There are also two other wild factors that influences date choices – numerology and significant dates.  Dates with repeated digits, like 23.02.23, which are simple to remember and people love the symmetry of, are very popular.  Some dates also have particular significance for a couple (eg birthdays, date they met etc) – these may be important for you to lock in, but don’t affect the general availability of the date.  Lastly, some dates hold special significance from a numerology perspective.

It is predicted that the most popular wedding dates in 2023 will be:

Saturday March 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturday April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday Sept 9, 16, 23, 30
Saturday Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Saturday Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Thursday Nov 23

Most of these you can predict from the reasons given above – but why are some bolded, and what’s Thursday Nov 23 about?

Any date with an 11 in it, particularly if its also a Saturday – holds a special meaning. The number 11 in holds particular significance in numerology.  Following this logic, the number 11 is considered a “master number” and represents growth, development, inspiration and spiritual enlightenment.  When you put two 11’s in a date, like 11.11.23 – it’s like a double hit of energy according to Body & Soul Magazine.  November 11 is considered to be a lucky energy day – so when it also falls on a Saturday this year – you know its going to be popular.  And the Thursday date?  Its 23.11.23 – the master number 11 in the middle, surrounded by beautifully symmetric/repeated numbers!

So what should you do, now that you know the most popular wedding dates for 2023?

If particular dates are important to you – and they are on this list – don’t wait to book them if you want a particular venue or celebrant.  Many of them will be booked already, so work out how important the date is to you.  If you are only choosing these months for the good weather – then consider alternative days such as a Friday or Sunday which are becoming a popular alternative.  Many couples and their friends and families turn this into a long weekend, and set up celebratory experiences for the whole weekend.  Some places and celebrants (like me) also offer discount for weddings during the week – so this could be an added bonus for you.

Lastly – why should a celebrant be top of your list?  Because celebrants like myself are there to support, inspire and guide you from the beginning to the end of your wedding journey.  Engage one early and benefit from all the experience they have to offer.

Looking for a celebrant?  I help couples turn weddings into unforgettable experiences that they will treasure for a lifetime.  I’m also like your wedding bestie during the engagement period – a sounding board and stress reducer.  Lets talk about how I can make it happen for you (it’s free)! 

Creating Special Moments

Our most precious memories contains a range of magical defining moments.

They are usually not about our greatest achievements as such, but the experience that accompanied it, and the little things that made it special.

Sometimes, yes, its about that magical wedding proposal, but sometimes its not, its about personal, unique experiences

Let me tell you about one, nothing to do with weddings, nothing really to do about money, and EVERYTHING to do with the experience.
It comes from Chip and Dan Heath’s book The Power of Moments, which I highly recommend.

Enter a hotel called The Magic Castle.  You’re visiting because it has such amazing reviews. “Best Hotel Ever” kinda status. When you enter it and look around – you might consider it to be “average” in appearance, and possibly calling it a “hotel” is even a stretch.  What gives it the outstanding reviews?  Its the little unique and amazing experiences it offers.  It has many unusual experiences, quirky magicians appearing around the place being just one of them.

But try this one on for size:

You’ve ventured out to the pool and are lying on a cabana. As you gaze around you spy a glossy, cherry red phone on the wall.  Curious, you pick it up and call it.  A voice answers:  “Hello This is the Popsicle Hotline – what flavour would you like?”.  You choose raspberry, your favourite, and within minutes a waiter with white gloves and a silver tray appears by your sunlounge. He lifts the lid of the tray to reveal your popsicle.  And its all for free. And you can order as many as you want!

What a magical experience!  Who wouldn’t enjoy this and re-tell the story to friends?  Its different, unique and a personal touch to their service, that costs very little.

People will overlook outdated or minimal decor etc in lieu of poignant defining unique experiences.  This is how special memories are made.  When you organise an event, anything from a dinner party to a wedding, don’t you want it to be a special celebration that will be remembered as a magical moment in history? Something that your loved ones will remember with great fondness and passion?

It’s not about how much money you spend or how fancy it is, its about designing the special touches that make a difference.   And when you arrived in this hotel, you were curious, almost expecting something to wow you. This is because the reviews prepared you. Before you even arrived you were getting ready for that unknown moment. That’s called guest preparation.

Chip and Dan Health believe there are four triggers to powerful moments
ELEVATION: They rise above the everyday experience – A wedding should always tick this box (and who would expect a Popsicle Hotline!)
INSIGHT: They may shift your point of view of yourself or the world – Setting the stage to help others look at things a little differently is easy to do and quite powerful. Think things like an Acknowledgement to Country, or a personalised message to each guest.
PRIDE: They capture moments of accomplishment or courage – There is nothing more courageous than publicly declaring your feelings for someone, but not everyone needs to do this – it depends on what signifies accomplishment or courage to each person.
CONNECTION: They are often social events that strengthen the bonds we share with others. – There are many ways to strengthen social bonds during a ceremony or reception, and leave you and your guests feeling connected and on a social high.

Priya Parker in The Art of Gathering (another book I’d highly recommend) talks about how important it is to prepare your guests for your gathering so that they are open to the experience you are about to provide. Sometimes this is about setting the stage before they arrive – eg the invitation says how much you value everyone being “in the moment” together and to leave phones in the box on the way in, or starting a ceremony with something that takes their thoughts from a “let’s go throught the motions, then move on to party” to a highly charged anticipation of the witnessing and contributing to something truly wonderful.

This may all sound a little overwhelming, but many of these things simply require a little forethought to really craft an event that you’ll be talking about for years. I can’t wait to offer you ideas that fit with who you are, and what you want your “best day ever” to look like.

Love the life you live, and may it be full of special memories.