If you or your groom happen to be big football fans, there are creative wedding planning ideas that allow you to incorporate this popular pastime into your special day. This can be done without making your wedding look like a crazy theme party or homecoming dance. Simple touches here and there bring your love of the big game to your big day, and WhereBridesGo.com has a few fun ideas for you.
Sporty Engagement Photos
Engagement photos are a great place to have a little fun and show off your personality as a couple. Your favorite team's football field would make a fantastic backdrop for your pictures. You could also have some "Team Smith" (replace with your soon-to-be new last name) jerseys made up with the wedding date as your jersey numbers.
Sexy Jersey Pics
Quite a few brides take this opportunity to have beautiful boudoir photos taken as a surprise gift for their groom. In place of lingerie, don your fella's favorite team's jersey instead, with (or without) additional accessories!
Show Your Team Colors
Your team's colors could make the perfect wedding colors. Most teams have two, but if you don't like both, using just one in a shade you enjoy is a good compromise. That's a wonderful way to show a bit of team spirit without overwhelming your wedding with it.
Tailgate for a Couple's Shower
Showers don't have to be just for the bride. Have a couple's shower and do all of the fun things that happen at a tailgate to entertain both the men and women. This includes grilling, lawn games, and if the timing works out, a big-screen game watching party afterward with gift-opening at halftime.
Using DIY save-the-dates, invitations, programs, and other stationery items allows you to incorporate things like team colors onto the page, or maybe even your alma mater's logo if the two of you went to the same school. When you DIY these things, you can use whatever type of wording or pictures you like. The wedding program is a great place to use funny sayings or introduce your wedding party with their "stats" like a football player.
Fun Football Accents
Bring some sporting fun to your wedding ceremony with little touches that will make a big impact. The ring bearer could carry a football down the aisle with a pretty ribbon tied around it with your rings attached. The flower girl could drop confetti, like the kind that is shot out of cannons at the end of the game, instead of flower petals.
You might consider having your bridesmaids carry pom poms instead of floral bouquets. As you walk back down the aisle after you are pronounced "husband & wife," wedding guests could wave pom poms and cheer. (Someone is bound to start the wave!)
Cocktail Hour Concessions
The tailgating theme that we mentioned for a couple's shower also works well for a cocktail hour. You could set up the snack station like a concession stand and serve classic football foods & refreshments you might enjoy at the stadium.
Your wedding reception entrance is another place where you can have a little goofy fun. Have your wedding party announced by your DJ like at the beginning of a big game, and after they enter, have them line up and make a row for the two of you to run through, high-fiving everyone along the way. Another whimsical idea is to have your wedding party hold a big "Mr. & Mrs." paper banner for you to bust through on your way in.
Instead of just tossing the garter into a crowd full of single men, let the groom play quarterback. Once the garter is slipped off of your leg, slip it onto a football and he can give it a really good throw.
The players get a break mid-game to rest, and you can give your wedding guests a break from the dance floor by providing some mid-reception entertainment. This could be a simple performance by a solo artist, a big dance number by a group, or go all out and have a marching band show up!
You can always find a way to incorporate the things you enjoy most into your wedding without making it look like a kid's party. All it takes is a little creative thinking and some incredible online wedding decorations and accessories from WhereBridesGo.com.
~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant