For those of you couples getting married and consider your dog as part of the family, and would like to incorporate your dog into your wedding day, don’t fret pet, because there are a number of ways to incorporate your dog into your wedding!
Their are even a number of Pet Minding Services around the country who can help make it possible!
Whether you and your fiancé share a beloved pet or you can’t imagine walking down the aisle without your long time family dog, there are plenty of ways to include your beloved pet in your wedding day.
The more popular pets being dogs, but cats and horses can equally be involved. You will be amazed by all of the creative ways couples are incorporating their pets into their big day.
Sure, including your dog in your ceremony may take a little more planning and consideration into their safety during the excitement, but if you consider them an integral part of your family, you won’t regret spending that extra special planning to having your furry friend there as you say I-do.
To help you find the best way to include your dog, cat, horse or any other beloved animal, their are many bridal blog with lots of great wedding ideas for brides and grooms to include their pet in the wedding day. Like this article on 25 Adorable Ways To Include Dogs At Weddings.
I meet with so many couples that want to include their dog on their wedding day, but for some reason it is not possible. In those cases, I suggest an engagement photography session with your dog. This is a great solution for getting photos with your pet/dog in a more controlled, safe environment without the stress of wondering how your pet/dog will react when presented with a number of your wedding guests.
WAYS TO INCORPORATE YOUR DOG INTO YOUR WEDDING
Your dog as the ring bearer. Your dog can bring the wedding bands down the aisle to the awaiting groom. This is probably one of the more popular ways in which you can incorporate your dog into the wedding ceremony. You can have your dog wear a ring bearer pillow on his back, tie the rings with a ribbon to their collar or for the more talented task-driven dogs, you can train the dog to hold a basket in their mouth.
Some dog lovers choose to have their furry friend in the wedding party. Your dog could be a flower girl, bridesmaid or groomsman. Your dog could wear a flower crown to match the bridesmaids flower crowns, their bouquets or even dress colour, maybe a bowtie to match the groom’s tie.
Swap out your flower bouquet for a rescue puppy!. We must stress, don’t do this because it’s different or will go viral or get your more likes on Facebook/Instagram. Do it because you really want to rescue a puppy and include them as part of the family by incorporating your pet/dog into your wedding day. Naturally size does matter in this instance and the smaller pets, like your small dogs or a puppy is ideal.
PLANNING FOR YOUR PET-FRIENDLY WEDDING
The first step is to make sure your wedding venue will allow pets in their venue.
The next step to consider is how your pet reacts in crowds or stressful situations. You don’t want your wedding day to be the day, to traumatise or for something terrible to happen to your beloved pet.
Ensure your pet is well trained and will listen to commands. Ensuring your pet’s safety is paramount. Remembering you will be busy being the bride and groom, so ensure you have a trusted family member or friend handling your pet, someone the pet is familiar with and will obey their commands. Better yet arrange a professional Pet Sitting / Assistant Service (see list below) who will arrange to bring your animal to your wedding venue and then return them safely to their pet accommodation for the night.
Whether the pet is playing a role in the ceremony or just turning up for the location shoot or both, have a well-planned timeline and work through exactly what will be happening. Ensure there is water and treats on hand for your pet.
Let your photographer know your dog will be involved to give them ample time to prepare an animal-friendly location for the photoshoot and be ready with ideas for portraits of the bride and groom with their pet/dog. You will want to ensure your photographer is happy to work with your pet, because your pet’s safety is paramount.
Inform the bridal party of your plans – it would be a shame if one of them had a fur allergy.
If you are searching for a pet-friendly wedding photographer, that would be me! I grew up with my black Labrador Beauty as my best friend and have owned dogs for most of my life. I’m that girl that will pat a random strangers dog and forget to say hello to the owner (ooops!) and Ive even driving an 8 hour round trip to the country just to photograph couples with their dogs, multiple times. One time was with a couple and their 3 Boxers! A smile or cuddle (even a funny dog video off Youtube) just makes your day that much happier.
View some of my recent weddings HERE or if you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch … and if you’d like to meet up at a cafe or a doggy park (yes that is a real life story) so I can get to know the entire family before the big day, just holla.
If you are a pet-friendly wedding venue or offer pet-sitting services, please leave your details in the comments below.
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