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The Football Wife


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Deciding on your wedding date you take some things into consideration like sentimental or superstitious reasons, to accommodate family and friends travel plans, the seasons, the location, and whether or not the place you picked out is available on the day you want. For brides who find themselves set to marry a die-hard footy fanatic may also have to consider the football season. You need to be aware of the dates his favourite team are slated to play, semi-finals, grand finals if you do not want to share your special day with all eyes and ears on a TV screen or radio checking scores. Then again, you may be a footy fan yourself and want to include your love of the game in your special day.

I had not even considered it. We picked the 7th August as it was my pop’s birthday (he had passed away just before I got engaged) and it was also during the time of year that Mike’s parents could take off work and come all the way over from Canada. Football games were of no importance to me at the time. That night, during the reception I noticed one of my uncles hunched over his phone and every so often would take out a little radio and quickly listen to it. He would then scamper up to my Dad and whisper into his ear. The other men noticed the coming and going and began to ask what was going on. My dad and uncle informed them that tonight the New Zealand Warriors were up against the Brisbane Broncos – say no more! That was it. My Uncle would switch on his radio and then head to the corner of the reception where the men would huddle as they were informed of the goings on. When I found out what was up I thought it was hysterical. I didn’t mind one bit and I loved it when I would look over and there were the boys sitting at a table with the little radio on cheering the game. As soon as it was over they switched it off.

I do know of other brides who were horrified to learn that there was a grand final going on and all the men would vanish out of the reception in search of a television and all talk was on the game. If that is the case, guests will need to exercise manners and respect for the Bride and Groom and be discreet if they desperately need to know how the game is going. Don’t jump up and start screaming during the ceremony that the Referee is biased and does not know how to do his job. Yeah…won’t go down too well…Some brides actually planned it that way and threw a footy themed wedding with their colours representing their favourite teams. If this is something you want to do, you can co-ordinate your teams colours with the help of Pink Frosting and their range of colour schemes for weddings. You could have a referee run out as you kiss and make the “try” and “goal” signals. Set up a screen to watch the match and every time your team scores a goal, the Bride and Groom share a smooch. I have even found a football cake topper!

By the way, Broncos smashed the Warriors that night 21 to 14. My dad and his family (all New Zealanders) did not let that get in the way of having a great night though!

You can keep an eye on what important sporting dates you might like to avoid when planning your wedding at The Roar's Sports Calendar which is kept updated.



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