Should You Get Married During Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury retrograde is notorious for its effects on relationships.

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When Mercury is retrograde, the planet appears to move backward in its orbit. Astrologically, this gives the effect that we are also retracing our steps and taking steps backward since we usually end up repeating different scenarios when this transit happens.

Mercury retrograde impacts all forms of communication, travel, and technology. We can expect our emails to bounce, texts to be completely misinterpreted, or our phones or computers might suddenly stop working.


Because we feel as if we are redoing a lot during this time, people might be apprehensive about getting married during a Mercury retrograde.

Since marriage is a legally binding contract between two people, the effects of this transit might have both parties redo this event. With retrograde, one person might even feel they regret signing an agreement, which can lead to divorce. It is simply why many astrologers advise against getting married during a retrograde.

However, there are many things that we cannot control and when love comes knocking, we can’t always depend on the guidance of the stars to make a move.


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Should you get married during Mercury retrograde?

Yes. Why not? There are other things to consider when it comes to marriage.

I have seen people madly in love marry at the perfect time with an auspicious date but still end up with a divorce.

Although astrology provides insight, we should not focus on a single transit that generally happens three times a year and lasts for three weeks. A Venus retrograde happening in conjunction with Mercury Retrograde might be more dramatic.

As long as both parties trust each other, have good synastry, and most importantly, love each other, not even Mercury retrograde should stop it.


Mercury retrograde is a time to reflect, rework, and redo things. Initiating new beginnings under this transit might be hard, but things could work out if both parties want and focus on making it work.

Marriage, just like everything else in life, takes work, effort, and commitment. A couple married under the effects of Mercury retrograde will have to constantly check in with each other, respect each other, and communicate.

If something is off in the relationship, a couple can always use this retrograde period to solidify their bond and learn from their mistakes.


Because Mercury rules communication, it is important that whatever is said during this time is clear and concise since many misunderstandings can happen.

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Tips for getting married during Mercury retrograde

1. Plan

This is an important step. Make sure to plan for surprises when things get a little chaotic. Do not leave anything for the last minute since Mercury retrograde will always bring some surprises. Hiring a wedding planner will provide a lot of clarity and preparation.

2. Skip the destination wedding

This is a period where everything might be delayed, so having a destination wedding leaves more room for error. Remember that Mercury brings delays for the collective, so not everyone might be able to make it in time if they have to travel too far away.


3. Keep things simple

Do not complicate your life on the most important day. Make sure not to go too crazy with tasks that might become overwhelming on the wedding day. Keep things manageable for yourself and everyone else involved in the planning process.

4. Be open to changes

Just like with any other major event, anything can happen during this time. So be open to expecting the unexpected and be prepared to switch up your plans on the spot. 

5. Backup your technology

If you are planning to use digital devices, make sure to keep things backed up just in case Mercury makes tech items stop working.

6. Keep calm

If you or your partner have a lot of planets in Gemini and Virgo, Mercury retrograde will always be a stressful time.


Just make sure to pace yourself and do things slowly and carefully so you do not have to redo them. Patience is a virtue and it will allow you to not get frustrated if something doesn’t go your way.

7. Love

The most important tip is to love! If you and your partner love one another, the day will still be a dream because you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. 

Although it might seem scary to marry during Mercury retrograde, it doesn’t mean the marriage will not last. As long as the love is genuine and the relationship is built on trust, it’s not a big deal.


Having great synastry also helps. The true challenges of marrying during retrograde will involve the day of the event since there could be delays with transportation, and the planning process might be tedious.

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A.T. Nunez is an Afro-Latina Astrologer and philosopher living in NYC. She is passionate about astrology and aims to continue writing more about stargazing in the future.