Lauren
Devoted May 2019

When should games be played at reception?

Lauren, on August 15, 2019 at 2:54 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 5
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We have some games picked out to play at the reception. (Already married, big reception in about a month.)

I'm struggling with when to do them. When guests arrive, they will also have a Wedding Mad-Libs to fill out, and they will be asked to write down at least one question to be asked during the Shoe Game.

I'm just now sure if I should keep it as is, or have the games back to back. Should I have the games before the mother/son father/daughter dances? After? More toward the end of the reception?

Right now the reception timeline is as follows:

10:00am: Formal Wedding Photos

11:00am: Reception begins. Bar opens. (Mr & Mrs wait at door to greet guests and point them toward their table and where to get drinks.)

11:20am: First Dance, then Mr & Mrs thank everyone for coming, etc. etc. and then announce the buffet will be open shortly.

11:30: Lunch & Dessert buffets opens.

1:00pm: Shoe Game (or whenever Mr & Mrs are done eating, and DJ is done eating)

1:30pm: Father/Daughter dance, then Mother/Son dance

1:45pm: Friends & Family Dances (basically Dollar Dances, but without any cash needed to dance)

2:15pm: Open Dancing

3:50pm: Last call (booze)

4:00pm: “Bring Me” game/bartender leaves

4:50: Last song/Dance

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    I would do all of the games together before opening up the dance floor. I think that having an open dance floor, then stopping to play games, then expecting guests to dance again makes it less enjoyable. I would just get all of the more formal "events" finished then have an open dance floor through the rest of the reception.

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  • Jeanie
    Super February 2020
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    What is the shoe game? I’ve never heard of it before. But I agree with the PP that you should do the games before the dancing starts.
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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
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    Hey Lauren! Your timeline sounds great but I also think that perhaps keeping the games together would be a good idea. It meant that your guests can get into the spirit of playing the games and then can turn all of their attention to dancing once they are over for the rest of the reception.

    As you are only playing two games though, you can totally have them separated if this is something that you would prefer. Especially with an afternoon wedding such as yours, having a game towards the end would not be a bad thing if it’s what you really want.

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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
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    Hey Jeanie!

    The shoe game is where the couple holds one of their own shoes and one shoe belonging to their partner. They are then asked questions by the guests where the answer is one of them. They then hold up the shoe belonging to the person that they think is the answer. It's a lot of fun!

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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    YouTube it. Smiley smile it's easier to understand when you see it played.

    Basically, we are going to ask all our guests to write a question down on a paper. (Has to be a question like "who is the better cook?" So we can say it's me or the hubs)
    Then after everyone enters their questions, the dj will have my hubs and I sit back to back and hold each others shoe. I have one of my shoe and one of his, same for him. DJ asks us the questions, and we hold up the shoe for who we think is the right answer. For the better cook question..I would hold up my hubs shoe. Smiley tongue
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