(Closed) NFL playoffs and wedding – what to expect?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
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Helper bee

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svwedding:  I went to a wedding that was at the same time as a regular season game (not even a playoff game).  It was at a country club, and MANY guests wandered into the bar in another room to watch the game…including the groom.  It got to the point, where management asked people to go back to the ballroom.  Lots of people pulled out their phones and watched the game that way.  Several people were walking by the bar “on the way” to the bathroom to casually check the score.

It obviously was rude, so being a lady, I tried very, very hard to pretend I did not care.  But it was torture, especially when all the guys wandered into the bar that first time.

You know your guests.  Do you have a lot of die-hard NFL fans?  If so, there will be an impact.  If not, then there will be no issue.  This groom’s family grew up near the stadium.  They were absolutely into football.  The conflict with the game was an oversight.  Knowing about this ahead of time at least is an asset.

There is a chance that your local team will not even be playing that day, at least.  

Post # 3
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Honey bee

 

Yeah, that could be a problem. Wild card round means all the playoff teams are still in the hunt, while the top seeds get the bye week. You know your guests. The usual suspects are Patriots, Seahawks, Broncos, Packers, Steelers or Ravens, Cowboys or Eagles. Maybe. But, statistically speaking, groups could see a good 25% drop in attendance during big sporting events.

Sorry if that sounds depressing.

 

 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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svwedding:  I’m sorry. That’s my birthday weekend so I’m very familiar with the conflict. What city do you live in? that’ll make a big difference in the impact.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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svwedding:  I went to one where it was a regular game on a sunday. Moind you I live in Patriots country So I know NEVER to have a wedding on a sunday during NFL season. I am pretty sure my Fiance would be at the bar too if we did have our wedding on a sunday during NFL games. Sorry to bring this up. But if you live in a place where the NFL IS HUGE then yeah it may have people leaving early. Fiance and I car pooled with his dad to the wedding and his dad lwanted to leave early to watch the pats. Now if you live in so cal or somewhere the teams don’t do as well it’s not too big an issue. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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Pollywog:  Hey my brithday weekend is usually the superbowl weekend so I get football cakes!

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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svwedding: I attended a Sunday wedding during the regular NFL season. During the reception (after the dinner), many people, including me, kept checking our phones for score updates. There even were people who brought small TVs to the reception to watch the game. I’m pretty sure the bride and groom knew that this was going to happen, and they didn’t seem to be too upset by that.

If the hometown team where you’re getting married is in the playoffs during your wedding, it’s likely that a lot of people are going to be monitoring the game or even watching it on their electronic devices at some points during your reception.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m a major sports fan so I would incorporate a game that turns out to be huge into my reception – football cupcakes in the right colors surrounding my cake, DJ announcing the score.

During the Chicago Bulls “Last Dance” in the NBA finals in the late 1990s, I saw a college radio hit band play in a large theater. Their singer made game and score comments in the between song patter. During the last minute of the game, they turned on a portable TV and took a break!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

It’s not play-offs at that time, but there will be college basketball regular season games in January.

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Busy bee

My wedding is on a Sunday in Jan. I don’t care about playoffs… If its not one thing its another! I guess we’ll see then what our guest turn out ends up being!

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Post # 14
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Helper bee

I have things that I am passionate about, but it hurts my brain to think that people would act so rude at someone else’s wedding over sports. That is the thing I will never understand about major sports fans- it’s not like the score will be any different if they check it 5 hours after the game ended… 

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Newbee

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svwedding:  I think a PP has already identified that Sat 9 Jan looks like Wild Card Saturday. 

There will (at least) be games at 4:30 ET and 8:00 ET. The Chiefs have played a WC game 3 times in the past 9 seasons (losing all 3).  

If the NFL expands the playoffs to 14 teams there may be three games that day. 

Might be best to assume that several guests will want to watch football. I suspect some (probably) male guests will equate watching a game and drinking as the height of socialising and therefore completely consistent with being at a celebration. 

Forewarned is forarmed so be prepared to accommodate or fumigate. 

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