Are you rugby obsessed? Fancy some personalised rugby wedding ideas?
As the Six Nations Rugby 2022 which arguably is the best rugby competition within the year, only rivalled by the World Cup, rugby fever is here again. Whatever team you support, we are all proud nations when It comes to our rugby; whether that’s England,Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, or Italy.
Lets face it, rugby can bring so much to our lives from learning about responsibilities, leadership, camaraderie, sportsmanship to name a few. We see it locally with strong connections held within our communities, this family sport that we can watch together, family members playing from young to old regardless of gender. And in recent days, we’ve seen Kate Duchess of Cambridge showing us her love of the sport taking over the royal patronages of Rugby Football Union and League, revealing how Princes George and Louis have the passion too; tells us it’s a sport that provides us with great memories from time spent together.
So its little surprise that couples want to bring back some of those memories within their wedding day.
With such love for Rugby, lets look at how we transfer that into our Weddings
Here’s some ways to personalise your wedding:
in rugby ticket themes
get them to snap shots of you posing in rugby tackles. Why not consider Somerset photographers: Victoria Welton Photography or Leigh Anne Photography, or Moment Photography or how for Dorset Ben Braybrooke Photography
opt for an independent celebrant who will write your wedding service personally for you and can use rugby words or weave in your love for rugby in your love story content. Discuss with your Celebrant having the sand blending or handfasting element in your ceremony choosing your rugby team’s colours of the sand or ribbons.
why not have your Event Host, MC or Toastmaster blow a whistle when announcing the toasts or to kick off the cutting of the cake?
Cake Topper –
go for a tackling wedding couple
Table Place Cards –
design them in shape of a rugby shirt. Use your team colours with have the table numbers on the ‘shirts’ or numbered ball
Seating Plan –
in design of rugby pitch playing field with the tables instead of ‘players’
Order of Service/Wedding Music –
We know Prince Harry is a fan of the sport. On his wedding to Megan his nod to the sport which showed the rugby anthem Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer - otherwise known as Bread of Heaven during their Windsor location wedding
why not have cufflinks in emblem of your rugby club, rugby ties instead of the classic silk wedding ones, wedding party to wear colours of your favourite team
opt for an expert florist to work closely with you from the early planning stage to create arrangements using a beautiful mixture of colours and tones supporting any rugby club. An experienced florist in Somerset who has produced an array of individual designs can be found at Flowers by Anya
why not have dishes of sweets in shape of rugby balls
Bridesmaid or Groomsmen Gifts –
keeping in the tone, opt for rugby ball silver drop earings or rugby shaped cufflinks
Players attending -
why not have cardboard cut outs of your top player to join you on your day?
Why not consider:
Afternoon Games of Walking Touch Rugby Game(don’t panic, its no tackling and no running!) or perhaps a rugby quiz for those wanting a gentler option!
What About Kicking it off with the Rugby Venue?
Do you remember back in 2019 when groom from Devon organised wedding on TV reality Show ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ of their wedding ceremony to take place during half time of an actual rugby game, having booked the stadium Leicester Tigers?
That might be going too far but many Rugby Clubs advertise to host weddings. Here in Somerset, I found:
Or how about the latest Somerset Rugby Club offering their facilities in Bridgewater at Morganians RFC
Ways to Sparkle
Fireworks – often rugby clubs have permission to allow fireworks, so why not end your wedding with a bang?
Rugby, like weddings, is steeped in history and traditions,and both have gone through a significant number of changes. For weddings, couples are shouting across the country how they can now have their wedding day as they want it to look and feel. No wonder so many wedding couples choose to have a Celebrant to conduct their wedding, as they can perform this in your style and can officiate this in licensed, non-licensed, outdoors or indoor locations, day or evening 365 days a year – now that’s a flexible approach!
Its all in the Planning!
Of course, true rugby players and supporters know that the ethos of rugby is teamwork, and all good wedding planners know the key to success is ensuring all brides and grooms need to agree on their wedding theme – whether that be a token gesture or going the full mile.
Whether you opt to have a wedding planner design your rugby inspired wedding from the start, or if you opt to DIY your own planning then hop over onto Etsy to purchase some of these ideas shown above. But don’t forget considering having a wedding planner for just ‘on the day’ - think of them as your 'coach' or 'manager' who will coordinate everything seamlessly and discreetly 'tackle' any hiccups to ensure you sit back and enjoy your day!