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The shoe game is a great way to get wedding guests loosened up and laughing in a wedding reception before the party really gets rolling. Yet, we hardly ever get to photograph them. I’ve heard the shoe game is more popular in other parts of the country, but I rarely see them here in Washington. It’s too bad, because they are a great opportunity for us to get some great reaction photos from both the participants and their audience, who always get a kick out of it!

Setup is very simple: two chairs placed back to back on the dance floor. The bride and groom sit, remove their shoes, and trade one, so they’re each holding a shoe from the bride and a shoe from the groom. An interviewer (usually the DJ) asks a series of questions about the couple, who answer by holding up the shoe of the person they think best suits the answer.

Here’s how it went down at Marci and Matthew’s wedding at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, which we featured just last week. Marci’s colorful pumps really pop!

Fisheye photo of bride and groom playing the shoe game during their wedding reception in the ballroom at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos of bride and groom playing the shoe game during their wedding reception in the ballroom at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride laughing as she and her groom play the shoe game during their wedding reception in the ballroom at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom smiling as he and his bride play the shoe game during their wedding reception in the ballroom at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride's shocked reaction to groom's choice of shoe as they play the shoe game during their wedding reception in the ballroom at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos of groom making a decision as he and his bride play the shoe game during their wedding reception in the ballroom at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Cheryl and Bobby played the shoe game inside the Great Hall at their Thornewood Castle wedding. By that time, Cheryl was wearing her cowboy boots, as you can see!

Wide-angle photo of bride and groom playing the shoe game in the Great Hall of Thornewood Castle during their wedding reception, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos of bride and groom playing the shoe game in the Great Hall of Thornewood Castle during their wedding reception, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom smiling as he and his bride play the shoe game in the Great Hall of Thornewood Castle during their wedding reception, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Our first encounter with the shoe game was at Aubrey and Mark’s wedding reception at Chambers Bay Golf Course. Here, it was one of Aubrey’s bridesmaids who set up the game and asked the questions. Also notice that they didn’t even bother with the chairs, and just stood back-to-back for the game.

Photo of bride and groom playing the shoe game during their wedding reception at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom reacting as he and his bride play the shoe game during their wedding reception at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos of bride and groom playing the shoe game, and the bride laughing hard, during their wedding reception at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Timing of the shoe game can be strategic. It can be a good ice-breaker or crowd-warmer after the toasts have been said and the cake cut. It can also be a great intermission later in the evening when people can take a break from the dance floor to refresh their drinks.

Like I said, I rarely see the shoe game played here in Washington, so you can feel like a wedding pioneer by having one in your wedding reception! To make it extra-easy for you, here’s a list of question ideas to pick and choose from.

Who is the biggest flirt?
Who made the first move?
Who said “I love you” first?
Who is the faster driver?
Who is the better driver?
Who is the better cook?
Who is in charge of the remote?
Who is in control of the checkbook?
Who wears the pants in the family?
Who has the smelliest feet?
Who is most likely to be running late?
Who will be the first to say “not tonight”?
Who is the better kisser?
Who steals the covers more?
Who talks more?
Who is most likely to get lost?
Who is most likely to ask for directions?
Who is the most likely to wake up grumpy in the morning?
And for a crowd-pleasingly cheesy ending,
Who do you love the most in the whole wide world?

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