If you’re looking for a fun game at your wedding then the shoe game is perfect for you.
The Shoe game is probably the least “cheesy” game you can play at a wedding and at Griffin Alliance we see it more akin to a speech as far as your families getting to know you both and each other a bit better.
This game is best for couples that have a great sense of humour and aren’t afraid to poke a bit of fun at each other as well as themselves.
Rule of the Shoe Game
The Shoe Game is a great interactive activity, the newlyweds sit back to back, with their shoes (I recommend that you have a different set of shoes OR dolls OR teddy bears can be great. If there is something they both love then you can use them too. Dont Be afraid to get creative).
Both people take their own shoe in one hand while taking their partners show in the other hand.
They’re positioned seated on the chairs with their backs to each other so they cant see what the other is doing or which shoe they’re holding up. The DJ/MC or the host for the shoe game then starts to ask them series of questions.
The answer of the questions is either the groom or the bride and they will raise the shoe of the person that corresponds with the “correct” answer.
Tips for the Shoe Game
- The newlyweds have to sit themselves where most guests can see them, usually at the front of the “head bridal table” or on the dancefloor is a great option. Move people ir ask the back tables to crowd around if you need to. The fun is in the interaction.
- Encourage your friends and family to get involved. The host can be your MC, DJ or can be some of your friends. When Im personally MCing weddings in Victoria, Australia I find that sometimes it is better for me to ask the questions if they’re more formal or it can be a great occasion for bridesmaids and groomsmen to get involved (as long as you trust them!)
- The most creative questions usually come from your friends and family as they know your history. DO NOT allow people to ask questions without letting us know what they are first, your MC can filter out inappropriate questions. Your family don’t necessarily need to know about the lady-boy in Thailand or the Contiki trip details
- The MC needs to speak in a loud and clear manner. This keeps the guests on the inside of all the jokes. Interaction is the key!
- Make sure you prepare a list of questions before the night and usually run the game for 5-10 minutes. This is usually about 20 questions
- Start the questions off really simple, this allows everyone to warm up and get into the swing of the game and gently ramp up to the funnier and more zany questions.
- If you’re MCing the shoe game then know when to leave questions out, for a game of 20 questions I would prepare 30 and then leave a few out depending on what is getting a response from the audience. Put them in the order that you THINK might work, but be prepared to change it up on the fly. Trust your gut.
- It can be cool to have 2 MCs for this if your friends are running the game, one from each of friends or family. They can get away with murder when it comes to questions!
- Don’t be afraid of getting grandma or grandpa involved in a question if they want, they usually have the best sense of humour of anyone and its a good opportunity to humiliate their grandkids!
- I usually recommend that you gradually dial up the intensity of the questions over time and then save your finale Shoe Game Question for right after you’ve hit a peak in applause. Remember that you don’t need to ask all your questions, sometimes the Shoe Game peaks in 5 minutes, sometimes it takes 15 minutes, it really depends on the wedding guests (and often how much they’ve had to drink!)
- 2 chairs, back to back
- 1 spare set of shoes, bears or dolls that are easily distinguishable at the back of the room
- Set of Shoe Game Questions for the MC
Sample Shoe Game Questions
Heres a massive list of example shoe game questions for you to pick from, feel free to change them and add your own questions too. A mix of 10 of these questions as a warm up as well as 10 of your own works best in my experience:
- Who is always right?
- Who steals the covers more?
- When you first met, who made the first move?
- Who is more is a better cook?
- Who is smarter?
- Who is the better artist?
- Who is messier?
- Who is more likely to get injured?
- Who goes out more often?
- Who will pick your next vacation spot?
- Who spends more money?
- Who is more spontaneous?
- Who is in control of the finances?
- Who talks more?
- Who spends the most time getting ready before going out?
- Who is the first one to make up after a fight?
- Who wakes up later in the weekends?
- Who is more likely to wake up grumpy?
- Who is more likely to get sunburned?
- Who initiated your first date?
- Who is more likely to make breakfast for the other?
- Who is better at keeping surprises a secret?
- Who spends more time on the toilet?
- Who wears the pants in the relationship?
- Who snores the loudest?
- Who is more likely to get out of something they don’t want to do?
- Who is the better driver?
- Who spends more time on their phone?
- Who is the better singer? Give us an example.
- Who is more talented?
- Who is a better athlete?
- Who is more likely to ask for direction?
- Who spends more time on Instagram and Facebook?
- Who is more romantic?
- Who gives better birthday presents?
- Who always forgets to give presents?
- Who makes friends easier?
- Who does more house chores?
- Who is more likely to lose something?
- Who is more crazy than the other?
- Who is more often to stay up late the night?
- Who has the better sense of style?
- Who contributed more in planning this wedding?
- Who is more forgetful?
- Who is harder to be convinced?
- Who is more organized?
- Who gossips the most?
And some fun questions that you can use depending on the Bride-Groom
- Who has the wackiest family?
- Who is more likely to rob someone?
- Who dated more people?
- Who is the most satisfied in bed?
- Who said “I Love You first?
- Who’s more likely to destroy clothing doing the laundry?
- Who is/will be the stricter parent?
- Who spends the most money?
- Who has the best taste in music?
- Who is the biggest baby when they get sick?
For the last question, ask “Who do you love the most in the world?”. This game can be ended with heartwarming smile and applause.
If you’re doing your bridal Waltz straight after your Shoe Game then you can also add this question on at the end:
- Who is the better dancer? Prove it.