The Sought-After Wedding Date of 2022

Colleen Sheehy Orme

It turns out the most popular wedding date of 2022 is my birthday.

There's a teensy bit of irony here. It's also the day my ex-husband has chosen to remarry. I know, lots to unpack, especially since I'm a columnist who's spent a decade in the counseling and research of love, relationships, and marriage.

You will soon know the most popular wedding date of 2022.

But first, before we get engaged (I love a good pun) in the big reveal, here are some ceremonial facts from The Los Angeles Times article Weddings by the Numbers.

Per The LA Times, "Saturday is the most popular day for a wedding ceremony. The most common months to get married are June and August (11% each). The least common month: January (4 1/2%). Since 1976, October weddings have increased 26%; June nuptials have dropped 4%. The reasons? Cheaper travel rates and autumn weather day to October."

The Knot, the go to source for all things bridal and beautiful lists the top five dates of this year in their article The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2022.

One of these is the most sought after time to toast and dance the Macarena.

Can you guess which one?

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Saturday, October 08, 2022

Saturday, October 22, 2022

In the article, Knot writer Kim Forrest goes on to say,"Not too surprisingly, the top dates of 2022 occur during what's known as peak wedding season, which spans from May to October. And all of the most popular wedding dates are on the same day of the week—Saturday (though we anticipate weekday weddings to start trending in the coming year)."

I've made you wait long enough to unveil the winning numeric.

Have you guessed it yet?

October 22, 2022 is the most popular wedding date of 2022.

"If you're saying "I do" on October 22, 2022, you've officially landed the number-one most popular wedding date of the year. According to The Knot Real Weddings Study, around 90,000 U.S. couples will marry on this date in 2022. In fact, three of the top five most popular wedding dates of 2022 are in October, and 17% of all engaged couples will marry in that month," says the Knot article.

I can't help but think of that song, Love Is in the Air.

The fall air.

Who knew I would be partying with so many brides on my birthday?

An article, The Most Popular Wedding Date In 2022 Might Surprise You in The List provides further insight into the popularity of 2022's most coveted Saturday. It may help explain why so many couples have reserved this date.

Per The List "Numerology and angel numbers may be coming into play."

Writer Nicole Tommasulo's article delves further into the significance of the numbers surrounding October 22, 2022.

Per Tommasulo's article, "Glamour UK spoke with Chris and Suzanne Styles, the founders of Numerology For Women, about the power of repeating numbers. They explained that repeating numbers are often referred to as angel numbers and are believed to carry messages from the higher power you believe in, even if that power is the universe."
"Zee, a psychic and founder of Zee to Zen, adds that 22:22 specifically "represents harmony and serenity." According to Numerology Nation, 22 is also known as the "master builder" number."
"When these two numbers combine, they're thought to point you in the right direction to manifest your dreams. Twenty-two is also associated with the planning and accomplishment of goals as well as a reminder of the "importance of cooperative teamwork," Chris and Suzanne told Glamour UK."
"The numbers 1 and 0 also contribute to the symbolic meaning of Oct. 22, 2022. As Angel Number explains, 1 is a sign of new beginnings, while 0 is believed to be the number of "eternal energy, flow of life, and freedom." The outlet adds that, when you see "1022," it's a sign that you don't have to doubt your decisions anymore and can trust what your gut is telling you."

There's no denying the bridal popularity of the fall season.

I write about relationships but I am also a marketer and former business columnist. I can't help but wonder if the emergence and increasing popularity of wineries and breweries might be adding to the demand.

But the following quote from The Knot does not site that as a reason.

"Fall has been the most popular wedding season since 2015. Before that, summer was the season of choice—in 2009, for example, 41% of couples hosted weddings from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The preference for fall weddings may have something to do with the cooler, less-humid weather, making outdoor wedding venues that much more comfortable, as well as the popularity of fall foliage as a wedding photo backdrop. Unlike the other seasons, fall also consists of fewer vacations, holidays and events, meaning fewer conflict opportunities for loved ones. And because spring and summer are often thought of as peak season for travel and events, some venues and vendors may offer lower pricing later in October," writes The Knot.

That's the skinny on the most popular wedding date of 2022.

It's something to think about when you consider the volume of annual ring exchanges.

"There are 2 1/2 million weddings in the United States each year," per The Los Angeles Times.

I certainly approve of the date though I might have to add a caveat about my ex marrying that day.

Here's a shoutout to all the brides borrowing my birthday.

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."

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Colleen Sheehy Orme is a National Relationship Columnist, freelance journalist, and former business columnist. She writes about love, relationships, and self-restoration. She has spent more than a decade in research and counseling on the topics of divorce, relationships, and Narcissistic personality disorder.

Reston, VA

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