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You’ve probably been seeing a lot of pictures of couples waving shoes in the air on the dance floor. No, they’re not bragging about their tired feet (but yes: taking those heels off is still probably a relief after a day of pictures!). Those shoes are flying high as part of a new trend: The Wedding Shoe Game. Fun for both the happy couple and the wedding guests, this clever trivia game will have the whole party roaring with laughter. It’s a new take on the newlywed game (appropriate: You’ll actually be brand-newlywed!), and one that can be played on your big day, rather than reserved for the more intimate shower or bachelor/bachelorette party.
The wedding shoe game is a great way for folks to get to know the two of you better as a couple, as well as provide entertainment during what otherwise might be a lull in the day. Think about playing the game during dinner—after toasts have been completed—or in between courses. You can also play between dinner and dancing if you have some downtime or the band needs a moment to set up. While the party is getting ready to start, you can get your guests laughing while you debate who is the messier person in your apartment.
Thinking about giving the wedding shoe game a try? Here’s how to play:
Start by pulling two chairs on the dance floor, front and center where all the guests can see. Face the chairs back to back and sit so that you can’t see your beloved new spouse.
Next, both of you take off your shoes and hand one over to your partner. Now, your each holding one of your own shoes and one of the other’s. See where we’re going with this?
Have a designated trivia master to lead the game (think: your maid of honor, best man, or the emcee for the night or DJ). They’ll get the ball rolling by asking questions about your relationship (see ideas for questions below). With every question, each of you will raise the shoe of the person it matches. For instance, let’s say the trivia master asks “Who said I love you first?” Most likely, you’ll both get this one right and raise the same shoe. But what about if they ask “Who’s the better cook?” and you raise your own shoe, your beloved raises their own shoe. Get ready for the laughs—and the ensuing debate! Sometimes, you may even find an occasion to raise both shoes in the air!
Don’t cut the game too short, but don’t let it go too long either. Take no more than 10 minutes (about 15-20 questions), which will keep your guests engaged, but not bored.
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The wedding shoe game is pretty simple, and loads of fun—plus free entertainment for the night! Want to get the guests even more involved? Plan ahead and include a spot on your RSVP cards for the guests to ask a question with their reply. As you collect RSVPs, save the best questions and use those for your trivia master to go by. You can also have a set up next to your guest book where people can write down a question and drop their slip of paper into a jar. The trivia master will then pull a question at random—and the fun can really begin! Alternatively, you can place notecards at each table for guests to write down questions, and the trivia master to collect before the game begins.
Of course, it’s best to keep the wedding shoe game questions tame and appropriate (grandma is sitting right there, after all), so make sure you ask your trivia master to screen any questions before reading them aloud. Also, keep a tally of how many questions you matched on—just for a fun way of keeping score.
Want to come up with the shoe game questions before the big day. Here are a you could try:
· Who was the one to initiate the first date?
· Who fell in love first?
· Who said I love you first?
· Whose family did you meet first?
· Who is the better kisser?
· Who hogs the bed most?
· Who is the better cook?
· Who has the most clothes in the closet?
· Who always “has to be right”?
· Who is the bigger shopper?
· Who hogs the bathroom more?
· Who hogs the remote?
· Who is the messier one in the apartment?
· Who takes longer showers?
· Who is the planner in the relationship?
· Who has the healthier diet?
· Who holds their liquor better?
· Who takes the longest to get ready?
· Who has the better sense of style?
· Who is the morning person?
· Who will want kids first?
· Who chose the honeymoon location?
· Who is the better driver?
· Who has the bigger sense of adventure?
· Who is the pickier eater?
· Who is the bigger (insert favorite sports team) fan?