shoe game at wedding Photo Credit: Gaby Caskey Photography

Want a fun way to get your guests excited from the beginning of the reception?

The shoe game is the perfect game to get guests involved! Special events are crucial to a weddings timeline, events such as: first dance, mother-groom dance, father-bride dance, bouquet toss, garter toss, and last dance. One event that is becoming more popular is the shoe game! It’s such a fun and inviting way to get your guests involved with your night. While you and your new spouse sit down in chairs back to back, you both will take a shoe from each other's foot. You will be directed by your MC of the night to raise yours or your spouse's shoe if it pertains to yourself or your spouse. This usually takes place in the center of the dancefloor surrounded by guest tables so that everyone gets a clear view of whose shoe is in the air.

You’d be surprised what shoe your spouse raises! This often leads to breaking up the ice in the room, and leaves the guests feeling very comfortable because they were included in such a fun moment of the night. The rest of the evening, it will have everybody talking about the memories they have with each of you and the way they remember some of those questions!

Pro Tip For Timeline:

A lot of couples will choose to do the shoe game directly after cake cutting. When doing so, your guests have time to sit down and enjoy their slice of cake while being entertained at the same time by your love story!

By doing this, you don’t leave your guests pressured to choose between cake and dancing on the dance floor. If they choose cake, they often feel they have to rush to make it back on the dance floor and by doing so, they don’t enjoy the cake that you were so excited to pick out!

So what does the shoe game questionnaire look like, exactly?

Well, it depends on you two! We have a general list that we stick to if that’s what you choose, but we absolutely love customized questions as well! If there’s a quirky memory you remember, throw it in there! If there’s an inside joke your bridal party has of your spouse, see if they remember it the way ya’ll do. This game is only meant to bring ya’ll closer, so choose what makes you happy!

Great Questions for the Wedding Reception Shoe Game:

  • When you first met, who made the first move?
  • Who is the better driver?
  • Who has been in more car accidents?
  • Who studied the hardest in school?
  • Who got better grades in school?
  • Who is smarter?
  • Who is more creative?
  • Who is better at keeping surprises?
  • Who will be doing the cooking?
  • Who is more adventurous?
  • Who is more likely to get injured?
  • Who is more likely to be running late?
  • Who is the better dresser?
  • Who is better looking?
  • Who said I love you first?
  • Who is first to say “I’m sorry?”
  • Who wears the pants in your relationship?
  • Who spends more money?
  • Who will be in control of the remote?
  • Who will be most likely to wake up grumpy?
  • Who is more likely to get lost?
  • Who is more likely to ask for directions?
  • Who is messier?
  • Who has the smelliest feet?
  • Right now, who do you love more than anyone in the world? (Crowd pleaser, and for good reason!)

  • Now, picture your guests laughing at who has the smellier feet. This game is so easy and enjoyable! It takes around 10-15 minutes and is extremely easy to move on from. The DJ will read the room and direct the crowd back onto the dance floor immediately after. When this happens, the guests are ready to dance for hours! So get your feet ready.

    raising shoe for shoe game at wedding Photo Credit: Jason Domingues Photography

    Looking for other timeline events? Check out 'How to Make Your Wedding an Extra Memorable Experience'. Have any questions? We’d be happy to answer.

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