The wedding garter relay is a game strictly for the males at the reception and is a fun alternative to the typical garter toss. Start by dividing the male guests into two teams. Place a chair a few yards away from the participants. Then have the teams flip a coin to see which will go first.
The team that wins the coin toss selects one team member to sit on the chair. At the sound of a whistle or other signal, the first team member in line dashes to the man in the chair, with the bride's garter in his hands. He hurries to place the garter on the calf of the seated member. The two then switch places, and the garter-wearer runs to the line, quickly removes the garter, hands it to the next man in line and goes to the back of the line.
The new holder of the garter runs to the man in the chair and places it on the sitter's leg, and the game continues in this fashion. When the last man has received the garter and has run back to the line, a timer goes off.
The next team does the same. The team that performs the relay the fastest is the winner, and the groom tosses the garter only to them (thus narrowing down that competition, boys!).
To make the game go more quickly, use two garters and have each team relay at the same time, with the team finishing quickest declared the winner.
Money for the Bride and GroomAn alternative to the above scenario can provide some nice cash for the newlyweds. This version includes only the groomsmen. To play, each table of guests is given a question written on a sheet of paper (the answer is also provided) and some money (the amount can vary per table). A stopwatch can be set to a specific amount of time, say two or five minutes, if you don't want the game to drag on.
Have the groomsmen stand in a line. Start the timer, if you're using one. The first groomsman in line puts on the garter (outside his pants is fine). He then must race to a table and answer the question written on the piece of paper. If he gets the answer correct, a guest tucks a dollar bill into the garter around his leg (if he isn't correct, he must move on to another table until he can answer correctly). He then must race back to where the groomsmen are standing, place the dollar bill in a bowl (or hat or some other object), and hand the garter off to the man who is now at the head of the line. That man then runs to the next table to answer the question.
This is done until the groomsmen gets each answer correct, or time expires. All money collected is then given to the bride and groom as a special gift.