- The pandemic caused a shortage of available wedding dates in 2021.
- As a result, couples are getting married on September 11 this year, according to The New York Times.
- But turning the anniversary of a tragedy into a day of celebration is proving difficult.
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Despite the threat of the Delta variant and millions of Americans refusing to get vaccinated, 2021 has welcomed a wedding boom, with couples who had to postpone their nuptials in 2020 all but sprinting down the aisle.
And with almost double the number of couples saying ‘I do’ in 2021 compared to 2019, according to The Knot’s Real Wedding Study, many brides and grooms are struggling to find available venues on desirable dates like a Saturday.
But, according to The New York Times, couples haven’t had a problem booking one Saturday in 2021: September 11.
This year, the date marks the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
Although it might not seem like an appropriate day for celebrating, wedding planner Marcy Blum told The Times that she thinks the pandemic made couples more open to getting married on September 11.
“I think most people are like, ‘Come on. There are a lot of horrible things happening in the world, and we’re so exuberant that we got through the pandemic,'” she told The Times’ Jessica Shaw.
Although some couples are choosing the wedding date, many fear what their guests think of the decision, according to The Times.
“Some people won’t say anything directly to me about the date, but I can see it in their reaction when I tell them,” bride Jazmin Castro told The Times. “It’s uncomfortable every single time.”
Couples getting married on 9/11 are also struggling with whether or not to acknowledge the terrorist attacks during their weddings, The Times reported.
Castro told the publication she turned to the internet for advice, where some brides suggested that she tell people her wedding date is the “11th of September” to avoid the natural association that comes with saying September 11, according to The Times.
The bride-to-be said she was also considering holding a moment of silence on the day. Speaking to The Times, wedding planner Melissa McNeeley endorsed this idea, and shared ideas for couples getting married on the day such as making a donation to firefighters.
“Or you could really embrace the whole New York of it all and have a Manhattan as a signature cocktail,” she said.
September 11 is listed as one of The Knot’s wedding dates to avoid.