A Better Day Than Most For Wedding

At SEC Media Days last week, I was talking to a friend of mine, a fellow sportswriter who covers Alabama, about his wedding. I thought he had gotten married this summer. No, he said, he's getting married during Alabama's off week.

Well, that's better than getting married on the Saturday of an Alabama football game.

I'm not going to scoop my friend in revealing the complete wedding plans, but the day is October 6, between the Tide's home game against Ole Miss September 29 and the road game at Missouri October 13.

If someone in Tuscaloosa gets married on the date of an Alabama game, I have no sympathy for the lack of turnout. I have heard of brides-to-be who said, "If they are really our friends, they will understand." Not really. They won't understand why with 52 or so Saturdays every year that she'd have to pick one when Alabama is playing football.

One of my favorites was a friend whose wife insisted on a certain Third Saturday in October. It shouldn't matter, she said, since the Crimson Tide was playing in Knoxville against Tennessee.

One problem with planning a fall wedding is not even knowing what time games will be played. I guess I could understand an evening wedding if it was a sure bet that Bama would be playing at 11:30 a.m.

We've heard of weddings in a football stadium. I've never seen one on a game day. I have seen preparations for a wedding in The Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium and I went to a fabulous wedding reception in The Zone. But not during football season.

As for getting married on the open date...

Here are some Southeastern Conference football games that day:

Georgia at South Carolina, a game that many think will decide the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division championship.

LSU at Florida and Arkansas at Auburn, games that could be challenging for the Fighting Tigers and Razorbacks, considered to be Bama's top competition for the SEC West title.

Although not likely to have championship implications, the busy day in SEC play includes Mississippi State at Kentucky, Texas A&M at Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt at Missouri (the first time that two SEC games will be played on the same day in Columbia – one in Columbia, S.C., and the other in Columbia, Mo.).


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