Post # 1
This weekend I was at a wedding and I noticed that a bunch of the guys were huddled around their cell phones watching the basketball game (during the reception). My boyfriend was one of them. I had a few drinks at that point and walked over and pulled him away. I was so upset. Really guys, you can’t miss one basketball game for someone’s wedding that they are spending thousands of dollars on?
Was I irrational? I just feel like I would be really upset to see people watcing sports on their phone. The reception is only a few hours, and I feel like I would want people to be mingling/dancing etc… not on their phones watching sports! It’s one basketball game! It won’t kill you to miss it!!!
Post # 2
I hate this mess. I’m so lucky my Fiance has no interest in televised sports. One of my acquaintances went to Jamaica on her honeymoon and her new husband stopped everything to watch football on Sun/Mon night. Unbelievable what some people will put up with. It’s tough though with cell phones and stuff to make it easy to watch it anywhere. I think March madness is still going on so I’m sure it’s some of that. Still disappointing.
Post # 3
We had a big college football game going on during our reception. I just had the bar put it on the TV. Not an issue for me personally. Although if they were watching it during dinner I probably would have been annoyed.
Post # 4
yes, totally ok if the bride and groom put up a TV! But, that wasn’t the case at this wedding.
Post # 5
Unfortunately, this can happen at any event. I was at a Cancer Benefit Saturday, and even a few of the guys we were with were watching the games on their phones during the live auction and some speaches.
I don’t think you can aboid this, unless you tell people it’s an unplugged reception. But, then you’d get people to leave if there is a place nearby that would have a game on.
I’ve been guilty of going to a bar (attached to the reception hall, and literally in the same room) to watch a baseball playoff game. But, we’d go back and forth and did this AFTER dinner and during the dance. This was before cell phones and the option to watch/get information any other way. It was probably rude, but I was also 21 at the time. Things have changed!
Post # 6
Doesn’t bother me.
Some people will be more interested in a sporting event than a wedding reception and that is ok – I planned my wedding in the summer to avoid any conflict with foobtall season, because I would be more interested in the games myself.
Post # 7
I think it’s unreasonable to expect the world to stop for your wedding, but I live in basketball country so maybe I “get” it a little more. This isn’t just a game, it’s THE tournament so I understand wanting to catch the game or at least see the last five minutes. Last night we went to dinner with my future in laws and requested somewhere we could watch the game. I have also known people who specifically planned their weddings around football season. As long as they’re not screaming and shouting or ignoring the toasts to watch the game I don’t see how it’s a big deal
Post # 8
I don’t think you can control what people are spending their time doing at a wedding reception. Maybe they don’t like to dance or mingle.
Them spending time in a group watching a game is no different than them spending time sitting at a table talking and in fact, for some guys, is probably more interactive. As long as the person’s SO is fine with it, which you weren’t in OP, then it shouldn’t matter to you at all.
Post # 9
It’s ridiculous and rude to do this in full view of everyone. Imagine if a table of women pulled out their phones to watch an episode of SYTTD or PLL. Yeah.
If people can’t miss a game, they should go to the bar or another room or record it ffs. It’s no excuse to bury your face in a phone during a social event.
Post # 10
a sitcom is different than a live tournament game… Obviously you’re not a sports fan but watching a recorded sports event is pointless and boring. I’d rather have people having fun and socializing (watching sports is the major form of socialization for many people, men especially) than sitting around bored because they’re not dancers or whatever. And I definitely wouldn’t want my guests straight up leaving my reception early when they could watch the game while eating and drinking for free!
Post # 11
Our wedding was a blast, during the wedding a guy in the “audiance” had an ear peice in listening to the football game and when we were pronounced hubby and wife we ran by him and he said ROLL TIDE we winning and we were thrilled!! And at our reception we had a huge big screen TV with the game on it! SOOO much fun! Our wedding was nice size and classy.
Post # 12
I completely agree, I’m not a huge sports fan but I was watching the games this weekend, they’re a huge deal socially when it’s this late in the tournament. As long as people are being social and having fun together I have no issue with it. Now if he was in a corner by himself watching it, then I might be a little pissed
Post # 13
Well… It is March Madness… A lot of guys have brackets they are betting on. And the Michigan State game was pretty awesome. They won in OT over Louisville. So they made it to the Final Four. That’s a pretty big deal. I guess as long as they weren’t being obnoxious about it, what’s the big deal? You can’t make some people be social. And to echo a PP, what’s the difference if they are sitting at a table talking sports or watching one of the biggest games of the season on their phone?
Post # 14
Reading these comments reminds me so much of the movie Fever Pitch. Especially the scene where Jimmy Fallon sees the Red Sox players out to dinner enjoying themselves after they lost a playoff game. He’s so offended because baseball is his life, but to the players it’s just a game.
IMO my family and friends > sports.
Post # 15
Don’t remind me! Was a little disappointed that Louisville lost. haha. But Michigan State earned that win.
I’ve been to weddings where guests will head to the bar at points during the wedding to view a game. You simply can’t dictate what guests will do or what they are interested in. If it bothers you, don’t schedule during a major sporting event! I specifically made sure to check on all major sports, local festivals and events, holidays, and pretty much anything I could think of that might interfere with my wedding weekend.