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Many people believe the moon influences our bodies and emotions, much in the same way that it affects the rise and fall of the tides. 

The human body is made up of 60% water. The moon tugs at that water just like it does the water in the seas. In this way, the gravitational pull of the moon can be felt by those truly in tune with their body and mind.

Each lunar phase is thought to give off a different energy, and you can use that energy in your daily life. By learning about the moon’s phases, we can understand and harness its power. If you’re one of the people that believes the phases of the moon and the powerful forces of the lunar cycle affect every aspect of our lives, then you may want to use your knowledge of this power to help you choose a wedding date.

Let’s review each of the phases and give a few ways you could make them work for you and your partner, not just on your wedding day but in your marriage.

The New Moon 

During this phase, the moon comes between the sun and earth and appears to disappear. That’s because the moon’s shadow side faces the earth, rendering the moon invisible.

The new moon is associated with new beginnings. A new moon also ends the previous phase. This could make a lot of sense for choosing a wedding date. You’re saying goodbye to your single life and hello to your married life. The beginning of a new marriage 

The Waxing Crescent

This phase occurs right after the new moon. During this phase, the moon appears as a sliver of a crescent.

The waxing crescent is a time to narrow down your visions and get a clear picture of what you need to do going forward. If you’re getting married during the waxing crescent moon, you may feel a boost of hope and positivity as you embark on your new journey. It’s a phase in which you may be inclined to embrace the dreams you imagined for yourself and your partner.

The First Quarter

During the first quarter moon, half of the moon is illuminated. In the Northern Hemisphere, the right half is bright. Use the phase’s momentum to overcome any resistance you may face along the way. 

This is the time to take action towards your intentions for the cycle. When it comes to choosing this phase for a wedding date, it’s a good one for you if your goal as a couple is to step out of your comfort zone to overcome challenges together. If you’ve always said that you and your partner can take on the world together, then this moon phase will reinforce that attitude.

The Waxing Gibbous

This phase occurs two weeks after the new moon.The waxing gibbous encourages you to place your faith in the universe and trust in its ability to provide you with what you need! This phase is also about preparing for the full moon.

Your waxing gibbous wedding allows you the opportunity to trust your partner and for them to trust you. You are becoming each other’s universe and, as such, you should have faith in them and trust in them that they can provide you with what you need. They will in turn have faith in you.

The Full Moon

This phase is when the moon is at its fullest with the strongest of energies! It occurs when the earth finds itself between the sun and the moon.

The light of the full moon illuminates everything around us. We have the most self-awareness during this phase. We are also at our most celebratory as we honor the moon in all its glory. If you and your partner like to attend and host lavish parties, the full moon is the best choice of wedding date using the moon cycle.

Show gratitude for the things you’ve been blessed with and for each other. It’s also appropriate to engage in full moon rituals if your wedding date falls on the full moon. 

The Waning Gibbous

This phase occurs right after the full moon. The moon begins to “fade” or “dim” as its shadow turns back to Earth. This makes the waning gibbous phase a time to reflect. It’s kind of similar to reaching middle age — you’ve come a long way and have accomplished a lot, but what is left undone  can be the focus of the second half. 

It’s not a popular moon phase as far as wedding dates go but can provide benefits. Reflecting on the past and making the future better is a good attitude to begin a marriage with. Sharing your faults and shortcomings with your partner can be a healthy way to release them and let go of negative energy to make room for positive intentions in your marriage.

The Third Quarter

This quarter is the opposite to the first quarter. The opposite half of the moon is illuminated. Use the phase to shed any opposing forces and overcome resistance. 

If you and your partner believe in addition by subtraction, now is a good time to get married. With this in mind, it may be a good time to hold an elopement ceremony. When you elope, you have the chance to strip away all the negative drama caused by other people in your life because you’re focusing on what is most important to just the two of you.

It also might be a good time to get back to basics and have a minimalist wedding. Learn how to nail the minimalist style of wedding with tips from our sister brand, Cactus Collective Weddings.

The Waning Crescent

This is the last phase of the moon cycle and signifies things coming to an end. From a moonology standpoint, this is a time to clear your energy and focus on bringing more positivity into your life to enter the new cycle. It’s suggested that during this phase you tie up any loose ends that are likely to hold you back.

This sounds like a couple getting ready for a second marriage, doesn’t it? Or it might be the perfect phase if you’re a couple wanting to renew their vows.

Shoot for the Moon

Make sure to choose a wedding date using the moon cycle if you want to harness the correct energy for you and your partner. 

The kind of cosmic energy that is able to impact personalities, moods, desires, values and more can also impact the state of your relationships. The moon phase that corresponds with your wedding date will always hold a level of significance and power.

Check out our roundup of other cool dates for your wedding.

McKenzi Taylor
McKenzi Taylor

For couples with personality wanting an offbeat, boundary-pushing wedding, McKenzi Taylor is fast-becoming America’s go-to elopement and micro-wedding expert. Electric Sugar Elopements barged onto the scene in 2021, with the company drawing on McKenzi’s 15+ years as a wedding photographer, 5+ years as a successful wedding coordinator, and standing as a board member for the LV chapter of WIPA. Her ‘let’s do this differently’ attitude to weddings has helped over 700 couples get hitched in style around Las Vegas, San Diego and Black Hills, and has led to her being featured in small and major media outlets, such as the New York Times.