Soccer is all the rage these days because of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. But aside from the fantastic plays and roaring legions of fans, another aspect is keeping the people hooked — the soccer players and their romantic lives. If you’re rooting for England, you would want a refresher about the players and their lady loves. Here it goes…
Meet the Wives and Girlfriends of 2022 World Cup National Team Players
Harry Kane & Kate Kane
England’s captain has been married since the summer of 2019 to his childhood sweetheart Kate. They met while in school and got engaged in 2017. They have two beautiful kids together.
Phil Foden & Rebecca Cooke
Phil Foden is known to be one of the best players in the game today. He and Rebecca Cooke, whom he met in high school, have been in a relationship for years. They live in Manchester and have two children together.
Raheem Sterling & Paige Milian
These two started dating young when Raheem was playing for Queens Park Rangers. They broke up in 2012 but eventually got back together in 2015. They got engaged in 2018 and were planning to tie the knot in 2020 but the plans got pushed back due to the pandemic. They have three children together – Thiago, Thai-Cruz, and Melody Rose whose from Raheem’s previous relationship.
Jordan Pickford & Megan Davison
These childhood sweethearts have been dating since they were 14. They tied the knot in 2020 and have a cute baby boy named Arlo George.
Jude Bellingham & Asantewa Chitty
The superstar midfielder of England’s national team has been dating Instagram model Asantewa since April 2022. They are not yet engaged and don’t have a child together.
Gareth Bale & Emma Rhys-Jones
These two lovebirds have been together for decades. They started dating in high school back in 2000 and got engaged in 2016. They tied the knot in 2019 in Mallorca, Spain. They have four children together.
Jack Grealish & Sasha Attwood
These two have been dating since they were teenagers after meeting in school. Sasha is a model, influencer, and Youtuber. They have an on-again-off-again relationship but it looks like it’s back on as she was seen in Qatar cheering for her man the past few days.
Special mention: David Beckham & Victoria Beckham
No, David Beckham is not part of this year’s national team but his decades-long relationship with Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice deserves a shoutout as it is one of the best soccer fairytales there is. They met in 1997 at a soccer game and got engaged in 1998.
Did the list above have you swooning and wanting to have your own soccer-themed happy ever after? We got you. The great thing is you don’t even need a soccer player groom to make it come true! Here are some planning tips and soccer wedding ideas you can do at your very own nuptials. Read on!
Planning a Soccer-themed Wedding
Here are some easy planning tips for organising and arranging a sports wedding like a soccer wedding:
- Pick a venue where you can hold your unique wedding true to the theme. This could be a large outdoor space, a garden with green grass (reminiscent of the field), or an actual soccer field.
- Choose your wedding date to align with the theme. Since soccer-themed weddings are best held outdoors, holding your wedding during sunnier and warmer seasons is recommended. This is to ensure that you and your wedding guests will have that full-blown soccer wedding experience.
- Personalize the wedding based on your and your partner’s personality. To make your wedding less generic, make sure to insert some personal touches to your whole theme. Get creative with the decors, program, and activities.
- Plan your attire properly. Since a soccer wedding is held outdoors, make sure that your wedding dress and your wedding party’s attire are comfortable and fit the setting. Go for garments that will let you move around and enjoy a slightly active wedding dynamic.
- Research and get inspired. There are plenty of ways you can do to make your soccer wedding stand out. Check out magazines and inspiration boards and get ideas you can use on your big day.
Speaking of ideas, we are not stopping with just tips. Here to also help you out with fun and fantastic concepts for your soccer-themed wedding day.
Soccer-themed Wedding Ideas You’ll Love
World-cup Worthy Venue
One of the crucial elements of a soccer-themed wedding is the venue. It should ideally be held at an outdoor space where you and your guests can live a romantic soccer fantasy, in this case, at an actual soccer field. There are advantages and disadvantages to this option, though. One advantage is that the space will surely be vast so you’ll have a large wiggle room to get creative with the decors, seat plans, and even activities for your soccer wedding. The downside, though, is that it is much more exposed to the elements like wind, rain, or too much sun which could affect the comfort of your guests and the success of the whole program.
If you’re intent on going for a soccer field as your wedding venue but it’s not available. You can scout for other options like a meadow or a garden. If you want to keep your soccer wedding from harsh weather, you can just hold it at an indoor field instead.
If you and your partner are hardcore soccer fans, one way to personalize your big day is by taking inspiration from your favourite team or teams. Instead of going for the regular wedding palettes, take your team colours and use them as your official motif. It’ll be a fun twist to the whole affair and will show off your and your partner’s quirky side. You can also do two separate palettes that will set a distinction between “team bride” and “team groom”. The more creative you pull the wedding decoration off, the better.
If you want to keep things less colourful, lowkey and slick, a black-and-white motif will also do the trick.
A soccer wedding calls for an actual soccer game! That is if you and the whole wedding party are up for it. It is an exciting and interactive break from the typical wedding program. You can have this post-ceremony to give your guests ample time to change into comfier clothes like shorts and jerseys for their favourite team. One word of advice: indicate in your soccer wedding invitation that you are hosting a soccer game during the wedding so guests can prepare proper attire.
If you don’t want to break a sweat but want to include a “soccer match” on your big day, stage several scenes with your groomsmen and bridesmaids, then have your photographers capture some images that will go to your wedding documentation.
Ticket to Forever
Since you’re having a grand “sports” event, your guests can only attend with the right ticket. That is, your wedding invite is designed like a soccer match pass. Other ways how you can design your soccer-themed wedding invitations include printing them like a sports pamphlet or incorporating key soccer visual icons like balls, pitches, and fields, printed on the invite.
Go totally of tradition and have a bouquet kick instead of a bouquet toss. Your bridesmaids and guests will surely get a kick out of it. If you don’t want to ruin your bridal bouquet, you can just pose for creative shots and have a traditional toss right after instead.
Aside from invites and activities, you can also make your wedding cake a soccer wedding cake. You can instruct the cake designer to decorate it in your favourite team’s colours or add little details like the team logo or emblems. Up the ante by adding a funny wedding cake topper that will leave the guests giggling.
Game On Garter
Stay in game mode with your wedding garter by skipping white and using your husband’s team colours. It’ll be a nice and seductive surprise come to the garter toss.
Avoid heels that will get stuck in the mud and go for the comfiest wedding shoes ever – soccer cleats! You’ll get to move around in your outdoor venue and it’ll look fun and campy in your wedding photos.
Girl Squad Goals
Score with your girls by letting them wear comfy bridesmaid dresses for your soccer-themed wedding. Since you’ll be hosting it at a grassy (and sometimes muddy) field, it’s recommended to opt for knee-length bridesmaid dresses that will not get dirty and stuck in twigs and grass. To make the whole outfit extra comfy, you can also instruct the girls to skip the heels and wear comfy sports shoes or barefooted instead.
Here we have some bridesmaid dress recommendations for your girl:
Wedding Hot Shots
Have the most awesome wedding photos by trying out different soccer poses for your wedding photoshoot. Maximize your wedding venue by capturing photos at every corner. You can also stage poses where the whole wedding party is in a serious soccer game.
Another campy soccer wedding idea is using soccer balls for your guest log instead of the usual guest book or paper. Display it at your future home along with sports trophies and other trinkets.
End your wedding still on-theme by sending your guests home with a soccer-themed wedding favour. You can send a soccer ball-shaped bag or even baked treats designed and decorated like soccer elements. Both will be a hit, for sure.
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