The NFL announced a major overhaul of its wedding planning rules Monday that aims to give players and coaches more control over how the league will handle weddings.
The NFLPA has said the rule change will affect more than 2.5 million wedding planning opportunities nationwide, but the league says more than half of them have already been completed and are fully booked.
The NFLPA says it will begin enforcing the new rule this season.
The rule is designed to ensure that players, coaches and other league officials are in a position to advise players and team officials about how they can prepare their wedding venues and venues in advance of a major event.
The change allows for coaches to request a waiver to skip the required two weeks of preparation, but teams must request a full two weeks’ advance notice of any wedding before the wedding.
The league has previously said it would allow coaches to skip two weeks, but it has not done so yet.
The rule change also gives the NFL more flexibility with how it handles weddings in stadiums, which are traditionally reserved for special events, such as major league baseball games.
A team could opt to hold a traditional wedding at a venue near the stadium or in the hotel room where the players are staying.
The new rule will affect the NFL’s 30 clubs, including the New York Jets, who will begin the new season in the postseason.
The Jets and Dallas Cowboys both won their first playoff games in 2015, but are expected to lose their second playoff game.
The league’s other clubs, the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, will be allowed to hold wedding ceremonies.
The New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers have also said they will not allow weddings.
The change has already had an impact on wedding planning for NFL players and teams.
Players and teams can still hire wedding planners from outside the league, though they will need to hire a wedding planner from a wedding planning agency.
The move will give teams more flexibility to hire wedding planning agencies outside of the league.
The rules change was expected to have a huge impact on NFL players’ and teams’ wedding planning.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he expects more couples to be married and less couples planning to be divorced in the next two years.
But the rules change has been met with criticism from both sides of the marriage debate.
Many NFL players, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, have said the new rules will hurt their team’s chances in the playoffs, which the Patriots won last year.
The decision also comes amid concerns that players will be pressured into buying wedding gowns or other items, which can be a major expense for wedding planners and could lead to wedding planning mishaps.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.