Expert June 2014

Found the DJ and the Newlywed Game

Chrissy, on May 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 16
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Had what was going to be our first DJ interview today and after the car ride home we decided to book him. He was professional, prepared, has top of the line equipment, a great list of songs and best of all, UNDER BUDGET.

He did mention that he often does the Newlywed Game at the reception. The bride and groom. Sit with their backs facing each other. The DJ asks a bunch of questions and the bride and groom raise a bride Barbie or groom ken doll to say which one of them answers the question. Things like "who is the best driver?" Has anyone seen this or done this? Any thoughts?


  • Carlos Molina
    October 2019
    Carlos Molina ·

    We do it in certain different situations. However we usually end up doing three couples instead of just one. It's fun and exciting. Definitely something different to try if you're not sure if your guests will dance.

  • Lirana
    VIP October 2013
    Lirana ·

    This is the same thing as "the shoe game," and lots of couples are planning on doing it.

  • The New Mrs. B
    Master May 2013
    The New Mrs. B ·

    We are doing that game, but with our shoes instead of dolls!

  • KristnH
    Master November 2013
    KristnH ·

    I've never seen it with dolls, just shoes. We recently did this at an engagement shower (but we wrote answers on white boards so it wasn't just "me" or "him" answers). I think it's fun, but only if it doesn't go on forever...

  • Andre'ya
    Master March 2014
    Andre'ya ·

    Totally taking the newlywed game!!!

  • Carlos Molina
    October 2019
    Carlos Molina ·

    For those of you who are considering doing the Newlywed Game, please...

    Make sure the questions are written in advance and your MC/DJ knows how to get your guests involved. Otherwise... it could become a disaster.

  • Rick Ryan
    October 2019
    Rick Ryan ·

    Chrissy, absolutely, do it. We often use is as a segue into cake-cutting and it never misses. By the way, we call it "The Shoe Game" and I have an interesting story that happened 2 weeks ago.

    Had a wedding that was just a bit dis-jointed. Events kept getting shifted around and so I was going to skip the shoe game. Bride came up during the dance segment (with a full floor) and said she wanted it, so....clear the floor, put the chairs out.

    I have this schtick; ask the bride to sit down, ask the groom to remove her shoes, ask the groom to sit and remove his own shoes, swap one each. The groom removes his right shoe and I look away and make some remark to the 200 guests who were watching. I look back and see the groom removing HIS LEFT LEG! He hands the leg, with the shoe still on it, to his bride. The room erupts and I'm standing there, literally with my mouth gaping open. Finally gather myself and said "Wow, haven't seen that one before." then proceed with the script. Priceless.

  • Out the Window
    Master May 2014
    Out the Window ·

    @MCDJCarlos - can you elaborate? I've seen videos of the game, and they can be pretty funny, but as we are only just considering this for our own wedding, how would you get the guests involved?

  • Jessica
    Super September 2013
    Jessica ·

    Yes! I'm doing it! I love the idea and think it will give a nice break from dancing.

  • Laudie
    Master October 2013
    Laudie ·

    To go against what MCDJCarlos said, I was at a wedding where the guests made the questions and the DJ chose which ones to ask and I thought that was really fun! But I agree you don't want it to be too hectic so I can see why you might not want to do it that way

  • Rick Ryan
    October 2019
    Rick Ryan ·

    Laudie, not sure I'd be up for letting guests create the questions. I'm sure it was fun but I'd think you'd be playing with fire (from the DJ's perspective). There's also the issue of timing. If you run too many questions or questions that take too long, the skit gets old, quickly. There's also the issue of taste and I don't want to even come close to crossing that line. I have a standard list of 20 questions that have been tried and they work, every time. As for getting the guests involved, that part is simple. The presentation (the way it's setup by the DJ) hooks them in. I have a very specific pattern that I follow of having the bride to sit first, instructing the groom to remove her shoes, etc. If I see the room isn't fully focused then I'll give small prompts for applause. The game is really simple to pull off do no need to over-complicate it, IMHO.

    If anyone has questions, pop me a PM. I'll do whatever I can to assist.

  • Robert Benda
    October 2019
    Robert Benda ·

    It is commonly called the shoe game, but I'd suggest skipping shoes. At that point, you will have been wearing them for hours and, well, there are better choices: dolls, black/white napkins or parasols. Anything so that you don't have to hold stinky shoes.

    Someone who knows what they're doing will have a good list of 10-20 questions - I usually don't go past 8-10 and end when I get a big laugh - but injecting a few that are more personal (is there anything you and your FH are competitive about?).

  • Alisa S.
    VIP April 2013
    Alisa S. ·

    We did the Shoe Game, but the DJ had large B(ride) & G(room) letters for us to hold up. We did it just before open dancing, after the toasts, and it really got everyone laughing. He asked things like Who is the better driver? and Who has the craziest family? Very glad we did it.

  • Carlos Molina
    October 2019
    Carlos Molina ·

    Getting your guests involved requires a few different elements:

    1) You need to have strong MC Skills. This game is usually INTERACTIVE, so having a DJ that just "hides" in his DJ booth in the corner and reads the questions will not work

    2) I have been known to use music to introduce the game. Sometimes I do it with the Theme from Jeopardy played under the announcements.

    3) Props (like the shoe and/or letters) work wonders. However, since we usually do multiple couples, we prefer to avoid props.

    4) We usually have someone keeping score (since we have three couples instead of one)

    I think Rick has also provided a perfect description of how a professional MC gets the guests involved, and how a true professional can overcome the unexpected and redirect a room when the something unplanned happens.

  • Chrissy
    Expert June 2014
    Chrissy ·

    Thanks for all the feedback. I think it sounds fun! We were thinking a segue to cake cutting might be fun.

  • Carlos Molina
    October 2019
    Carlos Molina ·

    I forgot to mention... i usually do it right after the cake cutting... gives staff a chance to finish cutting and passing out cake... and gives guests something to do in the meantime.

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