Happy New Year!

I love this time of year. It’s when our metaphorical diary is full of blank pages yet unwritten.

For lots of people, the new year is a popular time to book holidays, make resolutions, kick start a new healthy regime and start thinking about personal special occasions that we have coming up.

Plus the start of the year often spurs people to pop the question and/or kickstart their wedding planning.

Huge congratulations to you if you’ve got engaged over the festive period.

Telling people your big news and flashing your new piece of jewellery is such an exciting time and it won’t be long until you’ll be asked (again and again) when is your big day.

So here’s a little help with picking a date for your special day (and take a look at this useful guide to setting the date too).

Make sure you think about what else is going on in the world such as national, local and annual events including:

  • Public holidays
  • Sporting events
  • Royal occasions
  • Other people’s occasions (like birthdays, wedding anniversaries and religious festivals)

Here’s a list of some events (in England) in 2017 that could influence your choice of dates:

  • New Year’s Day 1 January
  • Epiphany 6 January
  • Orthodox Christmas Day 7 January
  • Orthodox New Year 14 January
  • Burns Night 25 January
  • Chinese New Year 28 January
  • Valentine’s Day 14 February
  • Shrove Tuesday 28 February
  • St David’s Day 1 March
  • St Patrick’s Day 17 March
  • First Day of Spring 20 March
  • Clocks go forward 26 March
  • Mother’s Day 26 March
  • April Fool’s Day 1 April
  • Boat Race 2 April
  • Passover 11-18 April
  • Good Friday 14 April
  • Easter Day 16 April
  • Easter Monday 17 April
  • St George’s Day 23 April
  • London Marathon 23 April
  • May Day Bank Holiday 1 May
  • FA Cup Final 27 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday 29 May
  • Royal Ascot 16-20 June
  • Father’s Day 18 June
  • First Day of Summer 21 June
  • Eid 26 June
  • Henley Regatta 28 June – 8 July
  • Wimbledon 3 – 16 July
  • Independence Day 4 July
  • British Grand Prix 7-9 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday 28 August
  • First Day of Autumn 22 September
  • Diwali 19 October
  • Clocks go back 29 October
  • Guy Fawkes 5 November
  • Remembrance Day 11 November
  • Thanksgiving 23 November
  • St Andrew’s Day 30 November
  • Hanukkah 13-20 December
  • First Day of Winter 21 December
  • Christmas Day 25 December
  • Boxing Day 26 December

Enjoy celebrating in 2017 and I wish you a very Happy New Year.