...Who the hell schedules a wedding during football season?! Kickoff is Right in the Middle of the Ceremony! It’s game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final!! Don’t they know that’s Final Four weekend?! Do we have to go, it’s not like we’re really that close, right?!
If you are a fairly passionate sports fan whether it be football, basketball, or any other sport of your choice that takes place on weekend days, I’m sure you’ve either screamed in rage or thought to yourself one or more of those previous statements when your buddies’ save the date came in the mail (or more realistically when your wife/girlfriend told you the date of the wedding for the 10th time and it finally stuck in your mind, ‘Shit! That’s the day of the big game!’)
Coming from the Midwest, I would say a majority of the people fit into the fairly passionate sports fan category. Thus, when getting married, selecting a wedding date that falls anywhere during football season or around any other major sporting event, can be a highly risky move. You will undoubtedly piss off a number of friends by making them miss the game or even worse they will just not show up and choose the game over you. Ouch.
I’ve had these thoughts myself and have been to a number of weddings on weekends in the fall that caused me to miss all of or part of some fairly big games.
My first experience with this came way back at my own sisters wedding when she scheduled her wedding the same day as the Ohio State/Michigan game. Yes, seriously, the wedding was right in the middle of the big game! Now, I was younger at the time and this is when pagers were around, so the groomsmen and myself, the junior groomsman, would constantly be looking at this little pager for score updates the entire ceremony and play the old school telephone game down the line to tell each other the score. We made the best of the situation and kept our cheers in check for the most part.
I’ve also been to a wedding when the game to decide who was going to the national championship was on that night, but the bride had instructed the reception hall not to turn on the TV’s in the bar! In the words of Keyshawn Johnson, ‘C’mon man!’ But being that we are passionate fans, we ended up sweet talking (see: bribing) the bartenders into turning one of the TVs on – cut to 45 minutes later, a pissed off bride walking into the bar to 50 plus people gathered around one screen and no one on the dance floor. Everyone’s response: ‘Shoulda thought of that before ya picked the date!’
For our wedding date, we got lucky because although the Buckeyes were playing on the day of our wedding, it was an early game and being on the West Coast early games come on at 9am. So we were able to tell all of our friends where the nearest Buckeye Bars were to catch the game before going to the wedding later that afternoon. I even got to watch nearly the entire game that morning while getting ready with all the groomsmen. Beer, Ohio State football (they won too!), and a wedding all in one day – that’s a trifecta right there!
So no matter when you are planning to have your wedding (but especially if its going to be during football season) just try to be aware of when your hometown team or other big game events will be taking place. I’m not saying you have to only try to schedule your big day on the Buckeyes bye week or the weekend after the NBA Finals, but just be warned that you may be receiving some backlash from your friends like ‘What the hell bro?!’ Or worse, seeing half of the crowd (“supposedly” your closest family and friends) glued to their smart phones, in the middle of the ceremony, watching the game winning 4th quarter drive.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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