I love the idea of pets being a part of a couple’s special day. They’re family after all and deserve to be there. I personally had my dog at our wedding and I cherish the photos and memories. Check out my tips, based on experience, for how to include your dog at a wedding.
Tip #1 Including your dog at a wedding.
Make them the ring bearer!!
This is what I had my dog do at our wedding. The best man cut the rings off my dog’s collar and then handed them to our celebrant.
Family members love jobs, especially on a special occasion like a wedding. In my experience, I have found there aren’t enough jobs to go around.
So this is an opportunity for another job. Someone needs to be in charge of the fur baby.
It needs to be someone the dog is familiar with, so a family member or close friend is essential.
We purchased a special collar – This helped “Zack” our Australian shepherd, hold the rings. It was easy for my husband’s best man to cut the ribbon, release the rings, and keep the ceremony flowing seamlessly.
Since our wedding in 2017, there are many more options available. My favorites are as follows:
My Fur Baby was a boy but here’s a Cute Collar For Female Dog
Tip #2 Including A Dog At A Wedding
Have them come up the aisle. Whether it be before, during, or after, your dog can come running up the aisle with a cute outfit, flowers, a sign, or best of all just them beautiful selves.
Having the distraction of watching your adorable fur baby trot or gallop up the aisle will break the ice before, add fun in between or be a beautiful finale to the ceremony.
There’s no loss in my opinion, even if they break loose and give everyone slobbery kisses, and cause a ruckus. Who cares? It is all fun and games? I mean why is anyone who doesn’t like dog kisses at your wedding anyway?
Check out these adorable options for outfits and accessories your dog can wear whilst they run up the aisle.
Floral Head Set For You Fur-Maid
Tip # 3 – Including Your Dog At A Wedding
Just Having Them There.
If you don’t need them to have a moment in the spotlight, or your dog would prefer to just watch. Just have them there.
Designate someone they know well, to be there care for the day.
Having them there in something cute gives opportunities for photos and memories.
Tip #4 – Including A Dog At A Wedding.
Have a photoshoot with the dog. If you have a shy or anxious dog that won’t cope with a ceremony environment. Arrange to have some time and photos with them.
Whether it be before or after the ceremony. With the bridal party or without. It is your specials day and if having your dog involved in some way, is what you want then do it.
I do not regret having photos with my dog on our special day. I cherish them and have them all over my walls at home now.
Whatever you decide to do I wish you the happiest of days! Furbaby hopefully involved and dressed to impress, alongside their owners.
Please if you go ahead I would love photos! You can post them to my Facebook page and encourage others to go for it!
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