Buckle up ladies & gents, the World Cup is on its way and one way or another it will most certainly make an impact on your wedding day. Couples normally book their weddings a year to 2 in advance to secure their preferred date and venue but what if that date of all dates falls on a key World Cup game!!! It’s one of those unforeseen potential nightmares and if not handled properly could possibly upstage you on the most important day of your life. So how can you take the bull by the horns and find a winning solution.
We thought it best to start off by talking to friends to get a general overview of different perspectives and they were quite clearly for or against with no real middle ground.
This year we are actually quite lucky that the World Cup is being held in Brazil as this means that the earliest match will start at 5.00pm, however, to avoid your guests being glued to their phones for updates you will need to be clear and explain that during a certain time period no phones will be allowed.
If you do decide to embrace football fever then you will need to control how and when the game will be viewed and we have a couple of suggestions as to how this could be quite a fun addition to your wedding.
It all depends on what time your wedding starts. If the match is happening during the wedding breakfast you could ask the caterers or event team to update the best man every 20 mins so he can tell the guests via a microphone. Alternatively, if the game is during your wedding party, ask your Mighty Fine DJ to keep you updated as the evening progresses. Some couples have incorporated wedding/football sweepstakes in the past to unite everyone and to add to the excitement.
Obviously you could go the whole hog and have a football themed wedding, you would clearly have to been a diehard football fan as we’ve seen with Mr and Mrs Henry Han from Singapore who celebrated their special day with a Liverpool FC themed wedding.
How’s this for another football inspired idea?
Some couples have been known to set up screens in a separate room to the wedding party to enable their guests the chance to view the match but be aware that this will seriously compromise the atmosphere of your wedding party and will no doubt make it disjointed with lots of guests disappearing into different rooms.
Remember, it is perfectly acceptable to say that it’s your day and to expect other people to honour that, as long as your guests know what to expect and have clear guidelines as to how the day will progress then you should have a fantastic day.
Have a look at the fixtures via the FIFA website www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches for more information. As Dutch footballer Johan Cruijff said, ‘Every disadvantage has got its advantages’ and likewise with your wedding day during this period, I think the atmosphere in the UK during the World Cup is going to be electric so just have fun and enjoy the best day of your life!!