Happy New Year! And 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 2018 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
  • Winter Olympics 9-25 February
  • Shrove Tuesday 13 February
  • Valentine’s Day 14 February
  • Chinese New Year 16 February dog
  • St David’s Day 1 March
  • International Women’s Day 8 March
  • Mother’s Day 11 March
  • St Patrick’s Day 17 March
  • First Day of Spring 20 March
  • Boat Race 24 March
  • Clocks go forward 25 March
  • Good Friday 30 March
  • Passover 30 March – 7 April
  • April Fool’s Day 1 April
  • Easter Day 1 April
  • Easter Monday 2 April
  • London Marathon 22 April
  • St George’s Day 23 April
  • May Day Bank Holiday 7 May
  • Ramadan begins 15 May
  • Royal Wedding 19 May
  • FA Cup Final 19 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday 28 May
  • Trooping the colour 9 June
  • Eid 14-15 June
  • Father’s Day 17 June
  • Royal Ascot 19-23 June
  • First Day of Summer 21 June
  • Wimbledon 2 – 15 July
  • Independence Day 4 July
  • Henley Regatta 4 – 8 July
  • British Grand Prix 8 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday 27 August
  • First Day of Autumn 23 September
  • Diwali 19 October
  • Clocks go back 28 October
  • Guy Fawkes 5 November
  • Remembrance Day 11 November
  • Thanksgiving 22 November
  • St Andrew’s Day 30 November
  • Hanukkah 2-10 December
  • First Day of Winter 21 December
  • Christmas Day 25 December
  • Boxing Day 26 December

Enjoy celebrating in 2018 and I wish you a very Happy New Year.