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Practical Advice on Including Your Dog in Your Wedding


Planning • 5th April 2017
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You’re planning your wedding and have all your family and friends on the guest list but a little something feels missing, a particularly furry little thing for that matter. When it comes to their wedding day, many couples are increasingly deciding to include their dogs in the wedding. With them being part of your little family so far, it would feel a shame to leave them behind (and just think of the cute factor they will bring to proceedings!) But before issuing your dog with their very own gold embossed invite, there are a few things you need to consider about whether it will realistically work for you.

So here are our best advice on how to master including your dog in your wedding day and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Think about your dog's natural character – Is your dog quiet and obedient or loud and excitable? How do they react to large crowds and new people? Really have a good think about the various circumstances that may arise at your wedding day and how your  furry friend will deal with them based on past experiences.  

Hire a Petsitter – If you have a petsitter to hand, it’ll take a real weight off your mind about who will be looking after the dog on the day. Not only will you and your family be able to relax, but it will also mean your pet is getting the attention it needs throughout the day. 

Get authorisation from the venue – A lot of venues can be quite anti pets, so it is crucial you check that they are actually allowed at your venue. If you need to put in a special request to have your furry friend there on the day, then you will need to give them enough prior warning to make the decision. They may wish to see the temperament of your dog so be prepared to visit the venue with your pet in tow.  

Practice makes perfect – Whilst you may well be practicing your own walk down the aisle prior to the wedding, get your dog involved and ensure you’ve trained them up to know what they will be doing on the day. Whether than be a starring role down the aisle or just getting their general obedience around other people tip top, make sure you squeeze in a bit of training where you can. 

Let your photographer know – Your photographer will be wanting to capture lots of lovely moments of you with your dog at the wedding, so the more notice you are able to give them the better. Additionally, if your pet is acting as your ring bearer ,you will need to notify the photographer of this so they can ensure they’re primed and ready to capture it. 

Safety first - As cute as your dog may look in his little bow tie and tux combo, make sure they are happy and not at a safety risk. If possible, allow your pet to wear the outfit around the house prior to the wedding to ensure they are happy wearing it for an extended period of time. 

Give advance warning – Make it known to your guests that your pup will be in attendance in case anyone needs to flag up that they have allergies. If this does happen to be the case, then make the necessary amendments to ensure you keep everyone happy. 

 So now you know the facts and things to consider, we couldn’t round off this post without sharing a collection of some of our favourite photos of our furry friends making appearances at other weddings. 

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