After recovering from a rowdy late-night Welcome BBQ (see the blog post about that HERE) everyone was up bright and early for the Door Games. I had no idea what to expect from this part of the wedding, but Laurel said it was the part she was most looking forward to, so I was definitely stoked to see it all play out.
Door games are a series of challenges that the bride and her bridesmaids put forth to the groom and groomsmen in order to determine if he is, in fact, worthy of his bride. These can range from physical strength competitions to straight-up making him pay cash for his bride, as well as anything in between. With Laurel’s insanely fun friends on the stage, I knew the boys were in for trouble. They did an awesome job completing all the challenges and no one died, so that’s a plus! 😉
There was an attempt at winning the bridesmaids over with cold hard cash but, unfortunately for the boys, they wouldn’t get off that easy.
The bridesmaids tried to get the groomsmen to quit by making them wear saucy little headbands and Kardashian-level fake butts, but these boys were in it to win it. The next part of the challenge was for the men to show Laurel how much they love her by creating the word LOVE out of their bodies! While it seems like an easy feat, one of the members also had to be inverted throughout. These boys busted out all the stops to impress the girls and give everyone a laugh.
Challenge #3: Balloon Pop
I’ll go ahead and throw this one under the category of a humiliation ritual (re: hazing). The groomsmen had to tie balloons around their waists and, without using their hands, pop all of the balloons. Needless to say, there was a lot of hilarious physical contact and attempts at smashing in all the wrong places.
This challenge was the physical representation of all the feelings of married life: spicy, sweet, bitter, and sour. These boys had to slam some red chili peppers, whole sweet mandarin oranges, some icky bitter melon, and a shot of black vinegar!
This challenge was sort of a two-parter. The bridesmaids asked questions about Laurel’s life, family, favorite things, etc. and Mike had to answer them. He also had to name 8 countries that Laurel planned to visit in the near future. If he got a question or country wrong, he had to hold a Scorpion inversion yoga pose, meant to open the heart, for 60 seconds. Lucky for him, he was able to also ask a groomsman to step up to the plate. One of them even managed to slam a beer while upside down! (And he’s single, ladies!) 😉
Where would the fun be if there wasn’t some element that was actually physically painful? The girls wanted to know how tough these boys were, so they busted out the wax strips for a healthy dose of ‘beauty is pain’. Each one left the game with a fresh bald patch on their leg. Secretly though, I was hoping they’d go for the chest or armpit!
This was one of the most fun challenges, of which the boys had been able to practice ahead of time. They did an amazing dance routine to a ’90s boy band song and got everyone to sing and dance along!
Last but not least, FEATS OF STRENGTH! The boys were challenged to a pushup contest and a tug-of-war against Laurel’s chosen team of friends. The push-up contest consisted of a team of boys doing push-ups at the same time with one of Laurel’s friends resting on their back. Laurel’s team kicked butt, groomsmen… not so much. My all-time favorite part of this challenge was when, to many people’s surprise, Laurel’s friend Lucia DEMOLISHED Mike’s brother Rich in an arm wrestling contest. I guess all that acro yoga, rock climbing, and aerial silk training pays off!
And of course, even though the boys got their butts handed to them (real butts and fake rubber ones), Laurel and her bridesmaids approved of the effort and it was time to get ready for the wedding!
PART 3 – ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL FOREST PARK WEDDING – COMING SOON!