I am with the roll with it camp.
I would arrange facilities for people to watch the game etc.
I actually got married in 1996 , we were very careful to make sure our wedding didn't clash with Euro 96 just in case .
Enjoy the day
Can you just have the meal early, say 4:30 or 5pm, so that it'll be well over by the 7:45pm kick-off? You could have a screen in one corner so people won't have to leave the function room (or duck out of their meal). Then have the band start at 9pm, everybody's happy!
The x factor is on every week for 3 months every year. Ireland in the Euros hasn't happened in 23 years.
As for your comment about guests may as well not go to the wedding. That is a very real possibly for quite a few i'd imagine if they hear they will not be allowed watch the match.
Several people here are making the assumption that the OP is female.
As a man, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in any soccer match. As an aside, aren't most of the 'Irish' team English anyway?
Be that as it may, the OP should not change any details or arrangements for their wedding. Go ahead and enjoy the day. Make no special arrangements to have the match shown. If the venue are going to have screens available, just make a request that they are not on during the meal and especially during the speeches. I was at a wedding where there was some match on during the speeches and there was cheering and noises at entirely the wrong parts. The bride was livid.
The only "English player" in our main starting eleven is Sean St Ledger, and his grandfather is from Carlow
Great advice for the OP.
That's if the OP want a large percentage of her guests to hate her guts.
because the big dirty secret is, that no-one else cares about the wedding and the big day except for the bride and groom.
Everyone else at the wedding will be complaining about the time of the wedding, the distance they have to travel, the cost, the food, the band, the speeches, the dress, the table of people they have been stuck with.
I'm honestly trying to look at this from the other side of the argument. I really am but the fact that it's football is irrelevant. if it was the olympics, boxing or fishing for whatever reason at least 50% of the OP's guests are going to want to watch the match.
You are presumably having your wedding on a Thursday or Monday that means that quiet a few are going to take one or even two days off work. I don't think it's allot to ask that you be some bit flexible with the meal to accommodate the match. To go as far as to try and actually prevent people from watching it is borderline madness IMHO.
even though it's the biggest day of the OP's life for allot of the guests it's just another wedding next year most of us surely have more then one it will fade away as just another night out unless Ireland beat Spain/Italy and people will tell their grand kids where they were. Surely fir even those who HATE football you can see how it would annoy people if you went out of your way to stop it being shown.
It's less then two hours of your day with a few people in the bar watching a TV screen. You won't even notice OP.
Have a good day.
That's a massive sweeping statement there!
I've been to plenty weddings where I have been beaming most of the day, as I'm delighted for the bride and groom.
I love weddings. I night away in a hotel, a lovely meal, meeting friends that I might not have seen since the last wedding, or relatives that don't live in Ireland, home for a wedding. Sipping wine in the middle of the day while others are slaving away at work. Love it!
Silly, I'm going to make another massive sweeping statement, with some assumption thrown in for good measure!
I'm assuming you're female! I like weddings. I've only ever been invited to weddings of good friends or relatives I'm close to. I love the day. I love seeing the couple so happy, and I love the meeting and socialising with people I only see at weddings!
but... here's the sweeping statement bit.. most males (that I know anyway) could take or leave a wedding! But, if the chance was there to meet all the friends and relatives AND watch Ireland in the Euros surrounded by loads of friends and relatives, then I think a wedding becomes much more attractive to the humble man!
I'm not a huge soccer fan... but I will be watching the matches!
that's IMHO based on the 30+ weddings i have been to you are in minority.
Well I haven't been to 30 weddings, I've been to about 18/19.
And i wasn't in the minority.
Folks, stop the bickering amongst yourselves. Keep all replies civil and directed towards the OP.
listen OP you are fighting a losing battle.
try and look on this as a positive. if ireland win, this is a day that will live long in the memory of everyone there. long after they have forgotten the details of every other wedding they were at they will remember your's.
in thirty years time you will meet people on the street and they will tell their kids how thay were at your wedding the day ireland won. with anyone else they would not even be sure if they were at their wedding, this includes close members of their own family.
For the OP's sake I hope it's not the Spain game, it could become the day Ireland lost 5-0