Hopefully Brian and his lucky bride can host the first wedding at the big house. Cool.
Engaged? Consider the Big House for Your Wedding Plans
And we are all invited. Might break the record for wedding attendance than Guinness would screw us.
I'll deliever a drunken toast
I'll only get married there if I get use of the PA announcer:
"Thank you for being a part of the largest audience watching a wedding anywhere in America today."
but I have to say I don't like the idea of the Banner being used during weddings. I wouldn't make a federal case out of it, and I hate being a scrooge at this time of year, but to me the Banner belongs to football team and should only be used in their honor. The rest of it though, good ideas.
Maybe they could design a new banner specifically for weddings. "M Go Blue: all your kids are belong to us" or something.
Also, feel free to contact a lifelong Michigan Man to film your wedding!!
that would be sweet. Maybe a slow-mo reply of the kiss. Have an official throw a flag if it goes on too long. The possibilities are endless. Have the ring delivered by that skydiver, with Cupid wings on ...
I could arrange that for the right price.
Mad props to the woman that wears a winged veil.
Why? I would be so psyched if they crashed my wedding...
I just emailed this link to my wife.
Background: she did not attend Michigan, and when we met, she had ZERO interest in football. She is now as insane of a fan as most on this site.
Her reply to my email:
"That is so awesome - we should renew our vows! Rather than throwing the bouquet of flowers, maybe they will let me punt a football to the single women."
I married well.
I just emailed this link to my buddy that just got engaged. It's funny, we were just joking about this very thing last week. I told him I didn't think the big house hosts those sort of things.
You are a lucky man. Going to show this to my fiancee, but I doubt she would go for it, since she is an SEC grad.
My god, it's brilliant! I never liked flowers to begin with, maybe I could just carry a football around. HEISMAN POSE BRIDAL PARTY PICTURE! BOOM.
My fiancee was open to my plan of getting married at halftime during the tOSU game. Band plays "Here Comes the Bride", quick ceremony and we walk off with "Hail To the Victors" playing. Of course we'd have to avoid getting married until out 40s to have the cash to afford that kind of wedding I bet.
I'd really liket to see more football games played in The Big House. On a week Michigan is travelling I'd likely buy a ticket for say EMU vs someone (assuming it was done in Sept or Oct when the weather is nice). Give me an excuse to tailgate and I'm down.
i'm trying to envision the conversation i'd have with my future mother-in-law to convince her on that one.
"Church is church. The Big House is my Temple."
will booze be allowed?
receptions are at a local frat house of your choosing, so there will be plenty of booze!
And then they should ride the zambonis and throw shoes instead of bouquets!
The tunnel and the banner are sacred. You get to do it, only if you "earn your wings". Some rich kid/old man having his 6th wedding with a 20yr old who can afford to pay DB for an ostentatious wedding does NOT deserve that honor in my opinion.
You run through it on the Big House Big Heart run. It is pretty inspiring, though -- if that doesn't give you a kick at the end, nothing will.
sacred in my opinion.
between running out of that tunnel when the stadium is full vs. when its empty. Besides, the lucky couple needs to be reminded to have "Hard Edge" on their wedding day.
"hold the rope"
I am going to propose to my girlfriend later this morning.
But we will go the more traditional route with the ceremony. She does not understand my love/obsession of Michigan.
WHOA! Good luck! And an early congratulations to you if it goes as hoped!
One of the greatest moments in life! Let us know how it goes.
But I'm sure she will. Crime Reporter is a good guy. I've seen worse on here who have managed to get married (*COUGH* mirror *COUGH*)
in the wedding plans. The only acceptable answer to any question ( wedding related or otherwise) from now on till eternity is "Yes Dear".
And I'm OK with it.
that's awesome man. congratulations! best of luck! maybe you can at least convince her to go maize and blue on the wedding colors. i just noticed yesterday that the wedding in "I Love You, Man" has those colors.
Make it happen, man. Make it happen.
I imagine, in about three to four years, we're going to see our first "OT: Will You Marry Me?" thread. And it will be glorious.
Best part of your wedding day...when it's over.
That is the single most stressful event I have experienced yet in my life. Worse than the birth of children or when they had surgery. Worse than anything because so many people are involved and you want it to be perfect...for her.
Congrats man! Nervous yet?
I just read Crime Reporter's post and got nervous for him. So intense.
You are consistently one of the more rational posters here. If your gf hesitates, you should let her know that I said that - perhaps it will sway her in your favor.
Seriously, though, congrats and good luck today.
As for her not understanding your love / obsession of Michigan, I faced the same dilemma. My wife went to a school in NY with almost no football program, and while she was a sports fan, she only liked hockey and baseball.
After our first year of marriage, part-way through the season, I got the dreaded "are you going to ruin every Saturday from September through November sitting home watching the Michigan games?"
My initial answer - half joking - "are you going to ruin every Saturday from September through November complaining about it?" Didn't go over well, but I digress.
So, after some though, I struck a deal with her - she would come with me out to a Michigan football game in AA (we live in NY). In the weeks before the game, she would at least let me teach her the basics of football so that she would have some understanding of what was going on. If, after attending the game, she didn't have some interest in spending every Saturday from September through November watching Michigan, I would agree to either Tivo some of the less important games (none) and watch them later or we could get a divorce (half kidding).
This occurred mid-way through the 2002 season. So, she begrudgingly watched the last 3 games of the 2002 season with me, as I tried to explain the basics of football to her. And, while she refused to admit it at the time, she started to develop a love for Michigan football.
Fast forward to the 2003 season. I knew that this was my one chance to sell her on M football. So, I made reservations at the Campus Inn (in my opinion, an awesome hotel), and sprung for awesome seats for the M-ND game. We flew in on Friday afternoon, and I felt like a booster trying to sell a recruit to come to Michigan. By Friday night, she conceded that AA was the most awesome town ever and that going to school here must have been amazing.
And so Saturday morning came. The football gods were on my side - the weather was 75 and perfectly sunny. After a morning walk around campus during which her awe of AA grew even more, we set out for "the walk" to the game down State. As we approached the stadium, after walking with tens of thousands were chanting the Victors, geriatric alum wearing hats covered in pins, bongo man doing his thing, the parties at the houses on State and the MMB sharing its awesomeness my wife turned to me and said - "holy shit, this is the most awesome thing ever - I can't believe that you got to spend 4 years doing this - when we have a kid he is DEFINITELY going to Michigan."
I knew I had won. The game day experience was so awesome that the game - a 38-0 trouncing of ND - was almost an afterthought. From that day on, my wife was a die hard M fan.
ND 2003 is possibly my favorite game ever. Love the story, Michgoblue.
Holy crap one of my favorite posters. Congratulations man, I'll be pulling for you today.
I'm not a fan of this idea. When I was in school, it was damn near impossible to get onto the field at any time. They always protected the field like it was Fort Knox and never allowed any other sports to use it (maybe because it was grass at the time?). Getting onto the field in 1997 as a senior after the OSU win to complete an undefeated season is one of my favorite Michigan moments. Now Brandon is going to open it up to paying customers? I'm not a fan of this at all.
You brought up an awesome memory. Rushing the field after OSU in 1997 (I was also a senior) was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life.
I grabbed a handful of grass from the field and had it in a baggie for years after I graduated. Good times!
I can do you one better. I actually still have the baggie of grass that I took from the field. It is sitting in an extra freezer in my garage. Awesome!
That is outstanding!
Is that what you told the cops when they caught you with your "baggie of Michigan grass"? It sure would be a great excuse...just stick to the story, even all these years later.
that's what DB is trying to do profit, profit, and more profit. I really do expect to see advertising in the stadium in the very near future. The Big House is sacred ground and I am 100% against this money grab.
seems brandon is pulling out all the stops to fund the buyout
c'mon thats funny someone had to say it
role in the death of the student assistant and ND's decision to cover up the rape charge on the football player. Does it bother you or is it the norm for a Catholic institution like ND?
If anybody should be preparing for a buyout, it should you guys. RR is going to be here for long time whooping your sorry green pansy Irish ass on a yearly basis.
He was kidding - it was funny. Your joke was not.
Irish may be a ND fan, but he is one of the good guys - his thoughts on M football are usually more rational than most of the M fans on this board.
Also, religious insults are really not cool - this is a politics / religion free board.
Also, also, let's not start a "RR is going to be here for a long time" argument this early in the morning.
You got made fun of a lot in high school didn't you?
You know you've made a grave miscalculation when a bunch of members of a Michigan football blog reward a Notre Dame fan and hammer you, a Michigan fan.
Even as a guy I think getting married in a sports venue is stupid.
Are you sure you're a guy?
Well, now that I have seen this, I think that getting married in a NON-SPORTS venue is stupid.
Seriously, though, to many of us, the Big House is far more than a sports venue.
People get married in churches of all denominations. This is just ours.
Agree with others that he should not touch the sacred cows of the banner and tunnel (tunnel is less sacred - people go through it alot, like thousands did for the Big House Big Heart run).
He is taking advantage of underutilized resources. That's obvious.
But the other goal he's accomplishing is deepening the loyalty of his alums and other fans. If you got married at the Big House, it makes you even more of a fan because it enhances your relationship to the program.
I like that he is finding sources of revenue that will not affect the game day experience. I would far prefer this to in-stadium advertising.
As for deepening the loyalty of alum anf fans, I would argue that anyone that would get married in the big house is already a pretty damn die hard fan.
I prefer smaller venues like sheds and garages. Less room for people she invited.
If my wife won't renew our vows there, then I'm gonna have to find a new wife and get married there!
Girlfriend is a huge sports fan and was willing to do whatever I wanted so Bellagio and March madness in Vegas it is now. I think if this idea would have been open for discussion a few weeks ago it would have been very easy to convince her to get married at the there. But I have a feeling that those that have already purchased plane tickets would not be so happy, well that and a March wedding in the Big House would only be awesome to me and a few select friends Go Blue!!
Step 1: Discuss the pre-nup.
Step 2: Discuss Wedding in the Big House.
Step 3: Explain that the pre-nup really won't be necessary after the wedding in the stadium.
pre-nup = always necessary, but i do like the cut of your jib, +1.
I'm getting hitched tomorrow 11am @ City Hall, just the 2 of us + 2 great friends as our witnesses. Will follow-up in Feb with a big celebration bash for 200 family + friends after the honeymoon and the dust settles. Big House would be an awesome option for the party, I'm a fan of this scenario. Would they relax the "no alcohol" rule? Wish me luck. . . .
Actually, Good Luck!
I was married December 3rd a few years back. I could have been part of the Big Chill at the Big House before it was cool!
the Big Deal at the Big House
The cold steel at the jail house.
life sentence at the jail house
State fans get married at their mom's houses, to their favorite sister or first cousin.
This is a great idea. I havent really thought about marriage, as Im still in my early 20s, but this is where I love to tie the know at. Now, all I need is to find a Michigan Lady. My last 2 gfs were Buckeye fans (im not proud of that). There arent many female Michigan fans in western pa. lol
My siser just got married 2 weeks ago and her husband is a Va Tech alumn and they played Enter Sandman for the intro at the reception and most of the people were jumping up and down like they do in Blacksburg. It was awesome. But a wedding in the Big House and playing The Victors would blow any wedding away!
...and then worry about making more money later?
The AD already had a $16m surplus in the operating budget last year w/out suites and club seats from Michigan Stadium. Instead of coming out and making a decision about what direction the football program is going in, time is being spent on finding more ways to make money through weddings at the stadium.
The idea itself is fine, but let's make sure all the sports are winning before organizing bake sales and other things to raise more money.
The notion that we're running a "surplus" is misleading, given that we're about $170M in debt following the stadium renovation. We have a pretty good deal worked out to pay that down, but it's obviously in our best interests to increase revenues where we can.
Having said, I fully agree that having a wedding at Michigan Stadium would be a pretty tacky idea. I love Michigan football and all, but I mean, come on.
OSU had this big promotion for the last M-OSU game where couples would apply to win a wedding at the Horseshoe and the prize winners' names would be drawn at halftime. I think DB is trying to establish something similar here to increase exposure and make more Benjamins. Hey, it beats slathering advertising and other stupid junk all over the stadium, right? Right.