No regrets for football-mad couple pay £750 to have 72” tv installed at wedding reception – so guests could watch the match

There are no regrets for a football-mad couple who paid £750 to have a 72-inch TV installed at their wedding reception – so their guests could watch the England vs. Sweden match during their nuptials.  

When England fanatics Daniel Surrige and Rachel Cave found out England’s world cup quarter final tie on Saturday landed on the day of their wedding, they panicked guests would drop out of watching them tie the knot. 

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Knowing their guests would want to watch the match – which saw England triumph with a resounding 2-0 win – the couple phoned their venue, Northants County Cricket ground and asked if they’d have a TV available for the game.

But when the cricket ground said they couldn’t provide one, they had only one option – to pay £750 for the hire, installation, delivery and collection of a 72-inch projector screen and sound system so they and their 120 guests could watch the match while tucking into their wedding breakfast.

Finance officer Daniel, 33, said: “Rachel and I are both big football fans and we panicked a bit when we found out England would be playing on the day of our wedding.

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“We knew our friends and family would want to watch the game, and were worried some of them might drop out of the wedding at the last minute.

“When England made it through to the quarter finals we had loads of our mates phoning up, asking us if we were going to have the game on and asking if there’d be a TV.

“We knew we had to show it, and we knew the cricket ground didn’t have a TV so we had no other choice but to fork out £750 for a 72-inch screen to be installed.

“The footy started at 3pm and we sat down to eat at 3:45pm, so we watched the first half before the wedding breakfast and then watched the second half during the meal.

“The result made my wedding the most memorable day of my life.

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“It topped the day off, it couldn’t have gone better. 

The reaction to the first goal was lively, and the second goal was during the lunch. 

“We all erupted and there was lots of cutlery flying around.” 

Daniel and Rachel, 34, a pharmacy dispenser, got together 15 years ago and started planning their wedding last year.

Before their reception, they tied the knot at Harpole Church in Northampton in front of 120 guests.

Rachel said: “The result just made my wedding – it made it the most memorable day of my life. 

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“I love football, but at first I just didn’t really want it on my big day – but England winning actually made my day.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better present. 

“Everybody ran out while we having photos when the first goal went in. I’ll remember the day for the rest of my life.”