Originally Posted by Raging!
We've booked a classy place, intentionally avoiding a Saturday wedding as that would mean the regular saturation soccer coverage would split the guests.
Right first off nobody you say this to will believe you. As Irishbird pointed out, you booked your wedding in June, the club soccer season ends in May. If booking your wedding on a day there would not be a soccer match on was honestly a genuine consideration you would have taken the 45 seconds it takes to google the football season and you'd have known that it is over on that date. You would also have found out fairly rapidly that on even numbered years we have either the World Cup or the European Championships and you'd have steered clear of any date that that could clash with a major tournament, as during that time every day will have a number of big matches. If anything I suspect that a Thursday/Monday wedding was cheaper or the only available date in your chosen venue and somewhere at the back of your mind you thought; great there'll be no soccer.
So you need to stop acting like the world's biggest unfortunate and telling yourself that your carefully sown plans have been cruelly and unusually destroyed despite all your forethought. Because there is no way that's what happened. You overlooked the glaringly obvious and have had a bit of bad luck with the timing. So you now have the following options.
Change the date. If having a football match which will be important to your guests take place on your wedding day will ruin it as much as you imply then you'll find a way to change the day. And this time spend a few minutes researching big events that might clash with the date.
Go ahead as you are and have a foul time. A huge amount of your guests, maybe the majority of them, will want to watch this match, a lot. For a good number of the guests it is very likely that the match will matter more than the wedding. You won't be able to stop them watching it. They will watch it in the lobby, in their hotel rooms or if you try to have the meal at the same time as the match on their phones and tablets at the table. You can't stop them from watching it.
Or lastly you can just roll with it. Accept that the two events clash and arrange a large screen tv to watch the match on. Many of your guests will look forward to your wedding more than they otherwise would have and (if we win) will remember your wedding more than their own in a lot of cases. I know you hate the game, but the world is full of crap we don't like, even on our wedding days. If it helps I totally understand why you don't like what the game has become. I was a huge football fan but over the last decade I've grown more and more wearied by it. It's ultimately all about the money and the heart of the game is missing. But this isn't really true of international football, which is full of the same old fashioned spirit and community following that the professional leagues have lost. So everything you profess to hate about the game won't really apply here. So just suck it up and you might even enjoy it.