Help! My Wedding Clashes with the World Cup

So, you booked the wedding venue two years ago. You chose June because you like the light nights, hopefully warmer weather and it doesn’t clash with peak holiday season. And now, thanks to eleven men kicking a bit of leather about on a football pitch, your plans are going awry.

You probably already have guests asking about whether they’ll be able to see the match.

Well, I’ve got some good news for you:

1    The earliest kick-off time in Brazil is 5pm, so the matches are unlikely to affect your actual ceremony.
2    England are not fancied to get far in the tournament
3    You have got time to plan.

At least you have got time to plan if your big day clashes with the group matches, because we already know the dates. The England matches are:

Saturday 14th June at 11pm
Thursday 19th June at 8pm
Tuesday 24th June at 5pm

If you have relatives of another nationality, you can look up all the match dates and times here.

The best way to deal with it is to embrace the whole idea of the world cup. If your wedding is on the 14th June it is easy. The match versus Italy is a perfect end to the day, with bars being allowed to stay open to cover the game. If your wedding clashes with matches that kick-off at an earlier time, you may need to be more flexible.

So, how can you incorporate important matches into your wedding day?

Firstly, make sure your guests know that you have planned for the footie to be part of the wedding. You will probably be sending your invitations soon, so include a note or poem to say how the match will be included.

Something like: “We plan to finish the reception meal by 5:30pm and a TV will be available to watch the second half of the match. Toasts will follow the final whistle.”

Secondly, you can make the theme football friendly. If you haven’t chosen your theme and colours yet you can incorporate the colours of your team in to it. If you will be supporting England, for instance, you could include red roses in your bouquets and stationery. The table plan could read like a team sheet.

We have also seen some amazing football themed cakes, like this one which has a custom made cake topper from DSMeeBee.

Soccer wedding cake 1


If your wedding date is after the qualifying rounds it is less easy to plan for, but if England (or the team that most of your wedding party will be supporting) is still in the mix, it would be nice to acknowledge it. It is easy to buy themed wedding favours at short notice, like these gum ball football favours from Etsy. You can also buy flags or bunting in the colours of the participating teams to decorate your venue.

soccer favour tube

I once went to a wedding that clashed with an England game. It had an afternoon kick-off and at least half the guests (including the groom and best man) disappeared from the reception to watch it. It felt really uncomfortable as it clearly hadn’t been planned for. The bride wasn’t happy and those of us who stayed at the tables thought we were missing the party.

If the inclusion of the match had been planned for in advance it would have saved an uncomfortable hour or so and the groom needn’t have felt guilty about leaving his wedding!

When it comes to football it really is a case of “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.” So, let guests know your plans in advance, embrace it and enjoy it.

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