Are you getting married this coming Saturday? You must be so excited and hopefully by now all of your planning is complete and you imagined you would simply be looking forward to the big day. But what about the Champions League Football Final, taking place in Madrid between two English teams?

When you first booked your wedding day, possibly now more than one year ago, you would have had no idea that this match would be taking place between two UK teams and all of the consequent interest and hype surrounding it.

So, what to do about it?

I think it’s fair to say that  huge numbers of people will be interested in this match,  even those who do not support either of the two teams that are involved.  But what about all of your wedding guests?

If you yourself (or your fiancé) are passionate about football, you have probably already been making plans to ensure that you and your guests get the opportunity to see the match as well as attending the wedding.  But if you have no interest in football, or simply feel it is nowhere near as important as your wedding day, you might be thinking of doing nothing and just expecting your guests to turn up and miss the match.

Personally, I would strongly advise against this. As a wedding planner, I always advise my couples to think about your guests’ experience of your day and indeed their anticipation in the build up to it. If your guests would prefer to be elsewhere, or feel disgruntled because they are missing out on the big match, this will undoubtedly affect the atmosphere on the day. You might even have guests disappearing to the local pub to simply watching on their phones.

Wouldn’t it be better to give them what they want and plan your day in such a way that the match can be incorporated for those who wish to watch…. Even if you don’t.

    • Arrange for big screens… or just a TV… so that those who can watch are able to do so.
    • Look at your timeline for the day; ensuring that nothing crucial is scheduled to happen during the 90 minutes of the match

As a planner, I have been considering these issues for my clients over the last few weeks , ever since I knew there would be a possibility that the outcome could be two English teams in the final  this coming Saturday. So now, it is just a case of putting those plans that have been discussed into place.  But if you are just starting to think about this now,   then I would strongly advise that you start conversations with your venue and suppliers as an urgent priority.

And, in addition to thinking about your guests, you should also be talking with your suppliers to ensure no-one is going to let you down (by not showing up); your caterer has made provision to ensure that they have sufficient staff in the event that some decide against working so that they can watch the match, and if you are planning to change your timings, you need to make sure that all of your suppliers can accommodate the last minute changes and have been fully briefed.

All that remains for me to say is that I hope that you have an absolutely amazing wedding day and that the Champions League Final  becomes an integral part of your day and not a nuisance or inconvenience.

I hope this advice has been helpful. If you would like further advice or assistance with planning for the football, or indeed your wedding planning generally, you can contact me  either by telephone on 07734 976459 or by email at michelle@elegantebymichellej.com or by completing the form on my  contact page