Including dogs in weddings seems like an obvious must, so how does one add their fur-baby to the wedding day?
First off, we say dogs, but we know that cats, lizards, snake, whoever, is just as much of your family.
There are many ways to add your four-legged or no legged family member to the day. Sometimes, it might be as simple as having them in your engagement / adventure session and having photos in the wedding.
Other times, your venue allows pets and your dog is totally ok with humans and a crowd so they are in the actual ceremony!
Perhaps, your pup is a little shy and you can only have them stop by for a puppy first look and a few photos. Or maybe we can just grab a few of you and your animal friend at the house on the wedding day so there is little fuss. That’s the great thing about having us all day!
No matter what the case is, if it’s important to you, we can find a way to include them!
Pup Perks in Weddings
There are plenty of roles for your pups to fill!
- First Look – Including dogs in weddings means you can include them in First Looks! We love love love this – it’s so cute!
- Ring-bearer – if you have an extra good listener, you can secure the rings on their collar or in a well-sealed pouch, have a trusted friend release your pup at the head of the aisle, and catch them at the other end
- Flower Power – Whether they accompany your flower kiddo down the aisle or have their own elaborate wagging-powered flower dispenser system, this is a guaranteed smile-grabber!
- Wedding Party – If you have a trusted wedding party member who is good with dogs, you could entrust your pup’s leash to their care during the ceremony.
- Reception Guest – There’s nothing like a party with a few fluffy guests! Just make sure the wedding venue allows pets indoors
- Photo-Ops – Okay, this isn’t a role necessarily, just an awesome opportunity to get professional photos with your pups!
- Costuming – Dogs in weddings opens up the world of…dog-sized bowties, tutus, tiny tuxes, flower garlands, ties?? Of course, it’s not a necessity – not all dogs like donning extra accessories, and that’s a-okay too!
They may be like family, but they play by their own set of rules! Okay, maybe they are exactly like family.
- Handler – One of the most important parts of including your pet in your wedding is ensuring they are safe and happy. The number one factor here is having a trusted handler who can watch after them. This handler should be good with dogs and ideally familiar with your pets specifically. If you don’t have any family or friends you feel can fit the bill, consider hiring a kick-ass vendor like Doggy Social! Check out the interview with them here.
- Exercise – It’s a good idea to give your pets some good exercise before the big event to even out their energy levels, whether that’s running around the dog park or going for a walk or a jog. You can designate your chosen handler or another trusted friend or family member who is familiar with your pup.
- Gear – Make sure your pet has everything they need! That means leashes, collars, harnesses, toys, water, treats, food, poop bags, accident clean up supplies, and anything else your best good pup might need specifically.
- Safe Place – Events can be overwhelming for people and for pets. Make sure you have a safe place for your pet to get away if they need it. You could set up a crate for your pet or designate a specific room like the bridal/groom suite. Include a place for them to lay down, toys, food, and water. Also, be sure to clear your plan with your venue!
- Evacuation Plans – Make sure you know who is taking care of your pet after the wedding if you are leaving for an adventure! Also, if your venue only allows pets for the ceremony or the reception, or only outdoors, it’s a good idea to have a handler in mind who can escort your pet home when necessary.
Overall, they are important to your lives, we want to include them!
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