I’d say reschedule.
There are a few things to come to terms with once a fall wedding date is set in stone. First, don’t be surprised if your football-crazed guests send their regrets. Sure, Barbara and Tommy had a tough conversation about to handle the South Carolina vs. Georgia rivalry that weekend, but ultimately, their season tickets trumped your ceremony. Don’t take it too personally.
If making a friend choose between SEC football and your wedding isn’t personal, I’m not sure what qualifies. Friends don’t make friends choose like that. But if you must, even from your most loyal of mates, don’t expect them to act like normal wedding guests.
Second, guests missing a game, no matter how big or small, are going to search for a way to keep up with the score. They’re Southern football fans, after all. They can’t help but crave a play-by-play. It’s up to you to determine how important it is to save them from feeling compelled to stream the game during your first dance. Less traditional brides may be open to a television by the bar for important games only, but we will warn you that this tends to draw the crowd away from the dance floor. Others might consider more creative ways to update guests, like incorporating a well designed scoreboard into your reception décor or requesting intermittent score announcements from the band. Best yet, if you think guests can resist their smartphones during your celebration, record the game and host a watch party after the reception.
“A well designed scoreboard into your reception décor”? Well, at least you’d give them a memorable reception experience. I suspect they’d be talking about that for a while.