Wedding receptions are a great relief for everyone involved because they mean the most stressful part of the day is over and party time has begun! During this big celebration, games are often played in between cake, refreshments, dancing, and fun.
Wedding games are a fun way to celebrate the new couple and give the audience a few laughs, too! This simple and easy game involves nothing more than the bride, the groom, and their shoes. Of course, this game works with many different partner arrangements (such as bride/bride, groom/groom) and can be played at other commitment ceremonies (such as handfastings, ring-exchanges, engagements, anniversaries, etc).
How Do You Play the Wedding Shoe Game?
The wedding shoe game is an increasingly popular reception activity. While many still haven’t heard of it, it just might be played at the next wedding you attend, so here’s a rundown on how it works.
Wedding Shoe Game Instructions
- The bride and groom are seated on chairs in the middle of the venue, back-to-back.
- Both the bride and groom remove their shoes and exchange one so that they are both holding one of each shoe. The bride will have one of her shoes and one of her partner's shoes. The groom will have one of his shoes and one of his partner's shoes.
- During the game, a series of questions are asked, and the answer is either "the bride" or "the groom." The bride and groom answer by holding up the shoe of the correct answer. For instance, if the question was "Who usually cooks breakfast" and the answer is the groom, they should both hold up the groom's shoes.
- The game usually lasts about 10 minutes with a series of 20–30 questions being asked.
- You can either plan the questions ahead of time and have them written down somewhere, have the audience shout questions out, ask the guests to write questions down on paper, or use a combination of all three methods (though that could get a little chaotic).
Game Question Tips
- Depending on the kind of audience present, it’s probably best to keep the questions clean.
- Keep tally on how many questions they answered the same just to tell them for fun.
- If taking questions from the audience, be sure to have someone go through them to ensure they are appropriate. You can provide scraps of paper and writing utensils for guests to write their questions down. Appointing one individual as a spokesperson is probably a good idea.
- Have note cards at each table for guests to write down their question suggestions before the game for quicker filtering.
Wedding Shoe Game Questions
If you are planning on playing this game, then you will need some questions to ask. Whether you use these as examples of what’s appropriate or if you are looking for a few questions to use, here’s a list of popular examples.
- Who hogs most of the bed?
- Who is the better driver?
- Who has the better driving record?
- Who farts more?
- Who is the better cook?
- Who uses more toilet paper?
- Who has bigger feet?
- Who has a bigger butt?
- Who has better vision?
- Who has better hearing?
- Who is worse with direction?
- Who sneezes more?
- Who has the nuttier family?
- Who has the most shoes? (It is the shoe game, after all!)
- Who was the first to admit their love?
- Who was the one who made the relationship “official?”
- Who was the first one to have a crush on the other?
- Who wears the pants in the relationship?
- Who has to always have the final words in an argument?
- Who is the better kisser?
- Who flirts the most?
- Who is always the first to say “I love you?”
- Who is the smarter one?
- Who is your favorite person?
- Who makes more money?
- Who spends more money?
- Who shops more?
- Who works more?
- Who generally picks up the tab at restaurants?
- Who is the cheapest?
- Who tips the most?
- Who pays the most bills?
- Who is more clumsy?
- Who talks the most?
- Who looks in the mirror more?
- Who stinks up the bathroom more?
- Who talks the loudest?
- Who has the better laugh?
- Who tells the best jokes?
- Who is more serious?
- Who is more flexible?
- Who is most the dramatic?
- Who is the biggest baby when they’re sick?
- Who gives better presents?
- Who gives the most unexpected surprises?
- Who is the first to apologize after arguing?
- Who has better hair?
- Who is more forgetful?
- Who cries the most during movies?
- Who has more dressy clothes?
- Who is more stubborn?
- Who exercises more?
- Who eats healthier?
- Who is in better overall shape?
- Who eats the most fast food?
- Who does more household chores?
- Who’s car is the cleanest?
- Who would rather be outdoors?
- Who spends the most time on the phone?
- Who sings better?
- Who dances better?
- Who brushes their teeth the most?
- Who holds their liquor better?
- Who takes longer showers?
- Who takes the longest to get ready?
- Who is the cleanest?
- Who dresses better?
Now that you have plenty of ideas for your wedding shoe game questions, you should be all set to play the game. Just wait and see what your guests can come up with.
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3 Games That Are Similar to the Wedding Shoe Game
If the wedding shoe game sounds like a blast, you may be interested in learning about some other similar reception games. These three are a lot of fun and have some characteristics in common with the wedding shoe game.
1. Hold All My Love (A Game With Chocolate)
What You'll Need:
- A ton of individually wrapped chocolates, such as Hershey's Kisses
- The couple
How to Play: This game can be played in two ways.
- To play the first way, have one partner dip their hands into a bucket of chocolates, and then have the wedding guests try to guess how many pieces of candy they're holding.
- To play the second way, have one partner stand up, and then the other partner has two minutes to place as many chocolates as they can on the other partner. The second way to play the game ends up being incredibly cute because chocolate is sure to fall off!
2. Remember That Tune? (A Funny Story/Funny Memory Game)
What You'll Need:
- Some kind of PA system
- A pre-selected set of songs
How to Play:
- Have each member of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen select a song that they feel is representative of their relationship with either the bride or the groom. Songs with stories or memories that can be shared are the best choices. You can also guide the choices by asking the various parties to pick funny stories or songs, that way someone doesn't accidentally get sad.
- Have the DJ (or whoever is in charge of the PA system) play a 30-or-so second clip from the song.
- The bride and groom must then guess who picked the song and whom the song was for.
- The person who chose the song then reveals whose guess is correct and shares the story behind the song.
Sherry, the head bridesmaid, and Carole, the bride, have been friends for years. On one particularly rambunctious night, they got a little too rowdy at karaoke and wailed "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" so passionately that a traveling business man couldn't help but buy the entire bar a "round of crown" in celebration. So, Sherry chooses this song. Carole recognizes the tune, shouts out excitedly that it's definitely Sherry's song, and then they share the funny memory with everyone.
- Just the Bride and Groom: Instead of involving the bridesmaids and groomsman, you could have the bride and groom create a small playlist of songs that have cute or funny memories attached to them. And then the bride and groom try to recall which memory the song went to while sharing that memory with the rest of the ceremony.
3. Pin the Kiss on the Couple (Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but Cuter)
What You'll Need:
- A large amount of kiss stickers
- A Sharpie
- Post-It Notes (or some other way to keep track of the guests' numbers)
- An enlarged photo (we're talking like a 5x5) of the couple bending towards the middle of the page kissing. You could also use a comical drawing.
How to Play:
- Before the party, you've got to prepare a bit. Make sure that you either have the drawn version of the couple or the large picture. You'll need to have picked up the lip stickers, and you'll need to have used the Sharpie to write on the lip stickers.
- Tape the picture to a wall.
- Give each guest a lip sticker, and have them record their number in some fashion, like on a Post-It note, an index card, or a scrap of paper.
- One at a time, spin the guest around, and have them walk toward the photo. The guest's goal is to put the lip sticker right over the point where the couple's mouths meet.
- Whoever gets the closest wins! You can play either for bragging rights or some kind of prize, such as a bottle of champagne or some fancy chocolate. And, of course, the newlyweds get to keep their wonderful work of art.
- Decide When to Play: This game can be fun to watch and get everyone in on the action. You might go around the room, table by table, and watch each group try to get that perfect kiss. Or you might have play this game while everyone is filtering in.
Amanda on May 10, 2020:
Happy mothers day to kiss
Phoebe towey on October 05, 2019:
I will try sign up yes I will.
Anusha Jain from Delhi, India on October 16, 2017:
A rather interesting collection of funny games. Keeping the guest amused and creating some amazing memories for the bridal couple is not an easy task. I'm sure all possible help would be definitely appreciated.
Kathleen King on July 25, 2017:
I have seen this game at weddings, but could not remember the questions. Thanks for publishing some, so no I can have the game played at my niece's wedding. Thanks a bunch!!
The Interactive DJ on September 08, 2016:
We love doing this ice breaker at weddings! It gets everyone laughing and warmed up for dancing!
Beck on May 12, 2016:
Great game, but totally tacky to ask who farts the most and questions like that. Keep it classy.