The question has been popped, the plans are in place and all that's left to do is say "I do." Planning a wedding can be a stressful affair with a number of dilemmas cropping up like the venue, the outfit and the guest list.
Right up at the top of the list of issues though is the actual date you'll get married and you can rest assured that you won't be able to please everyone. However, if you keep in mind a few weekends that might not not be ideal for your guests then you can be fairly sure everyone will be satisfied enough.
First off, Easter weekend is a time of year where many people will have already made plans so in 2019 you'll need to be aware that Friday April 19 until Monday April 22 is boxed off to remember the Resurrection of Christ.
Other Bank Holidays you'll need to be aware of are Monday March 18 to mark St. Patricks Day, as well as the Mondays of May 6, June 3, August 5 and October 28.
Other than that, there's nothing worse than having a wedding party distracted by major sporting events on TV. Take note that the All-Ireland Football Final will take place on Sunday September 1 with the hurling equivalent falling on Sunday August 18.
Something that might not spring to mind is that 2019 marks the quadrennial Rugby World Cup, a tournament that Ireland should definitely fancy their chances in. Next year, it takes place in Japan meaning that the kick-off times are mostly early morning on these shores. Ireland will take on Scotland (Sunday September 22 at 8.45am), Japan (Saturday September 28 at 8.15am), Russia (Thursday October 3 at 11.15am) and Samoa (Saturday October 12 at 11.45am).
Should the Boys In Green progress from the group, our quarter-final will take place over the weekend of October 19 and 20, our semi final will be over the weekend of October 26 and 27 and we'll be looking to take home the Webb Ellis trophy when the final takes place on Saturday November 2 at 9am.
While nothing is more important than the bride and groom's happiness, it might be helpful to take note of a few dates that could draw the evil eye from your guests. At the end of the day though, if people aren't happy they shouldn't be invited at all, should they?