Most people think that dogs are only allowed at weddings if they are service dogs. However, more and more couples are choosing to include their dogs in the wedding festivities. Here’s a few dog wedding ideas and why you should consider including your pet at your wedding.
Why dogs are being included at weddings more and more
Dogs are becoming increasingly popular as wedding guests for a few reasons. First, dogs are seen as more than just pets; they’re considered to be members of the family. As such, it only makes sense that couples would want to include their dogs in one of the most important days of their lives.
Second, your furry friend can add an element of fun and excitement to weddings. They can provide a much-needed break from the formality of the occasion, and they’re sure to make your guests smile.
Finally, dogs can be a great way to add personalization to your wedding. If you and your spouse-to-be are both dog lovers, including your dogs in your wedding is a great way to show off your personality as a couple.
Tips for including dogs at your wedding
If you’re considering having dogs at your wedding, there are a few things you should keep in mind when getting ready for your wedding ceremony. First, be sure to let your guests know in advance that dogs will be present. This way, they can plan accordingly (e.g., leave their own dogs at home, bring dog treats, etc.).
Second, make sure you have someone responsible for taking care of the dogs during the wedding. This person should be able to take them for walks, give them food and water, and make sure they’re comfortable. Make a few practice runs to ensure your dog will be okay before any of the real weddings.
Third, consider having a designated area for the dogs at the wedding. This could be a separate room or an outdoor space. This will help to keep the dogs contained and prevent them from getting underfoot during the ceremony or reception. You’ll likely need to do some additional wedding planning to make sure the event is perfect. But it can be really worth it especially when you include them in your wedding photos. Don’t forget to have a photo booth props where people can take photos as well.
Fourth, have a backup plan in case one of the dogs gets sick or becomes unmanageable. This could include having a friend or family member take the dog home, or having someone on hand to take care of the dog if necessary. While pets are like family to many of us you certainly don’t want to ruin the entire event because they get too anxious for some reason. After all, it’s likely going to be a big day for them with lots of people around. Don’t forget about flash photography around the dogs as well.
How to include dogs in your wedding without overwhelming guests
While dogs can be a great addition to your wedding, it’s important to make sure you don’t overwhelm your guests. Here are a few tips for doing so:
1. Limit the number of dogs you have at the wedding. If you have too many dogs, it will be difficult for your guests to interact with them all and they may become overwhelmed.
2. Choose calm, well-behaved dogs. If you have hyperactive or aggressive dogs, they may not do well in a wedding setting. It’s important to choose dogs that will be calm and well-behaved around large groups of people.
3. Make sure the dogs are well-cared for. This means having someone responsible for taking care of them during the wedding and making sure they have food, water, and a comfortable place to stay.
4. Have a backup plan. As with anything, things can go wrong. Be sure to have a backup plan in case one of the dogs gets sick or becomes unmanageable.
The benefits of having dogs at a wedding
There are many benefits to having dogs at a wedding. Dogs can add an element of fun and excitement, they can help personalize the wedding, and they’re sure to make your guests smile. Just be sure to keep the above tips in mind to ensure that you don’t overwhelm your guests.
Problems with having dogs at a wedding
While there are many benefits to having dogs at a wedding, there are also some potential problems. First, dogs can be unpredictable, so there’s always the possibility that one of them will get sick or become unmanageable. Second, dogs require care and attention, so you’ll need to have someone responsible for taking care of them during the wedding. Finally, dogs can be a distraction, so it’s important to make sure they’re well-behaved and not too numerous.
Determine Your Dogs Role at Your Wedding
Dogs can play a big part in your wedding. If you want dogs to be a big part of your wedding, think about what roles they will have. You may want them to:
- Be ring bearers
- Walk down the aisle with the bridal party
- Sit/stay during the ceremony
- Be in the wedding photos
- Participate in post-ceremony activities like the receiving line or cocktail hour
- Go home with a guest as a wedding favor
Your dogs role should be determined by his temperament and obedience training. Some dogs enjoy being around large groups of people while other dogs do better when they are the only dog. Pick a role that will make your dog (and you) happy on your big day!
Check the Rules on Pets at Weddings
Before you start making plans to include dogs in your wedding, be sure to check the rules at your venue. Some venues do not allow dogs on the premises, while others may have restrictions on where dogs can go. Be sure to ask about the policies on pets before you book your venue!
Prepare Your Dogs for Your Wedding
Once you have decided that dogs will be a part of your wedding and you have checked with your venue, it is time to start preparing your dogs. If your dogs will be participating in any wedding activities, they will need to be well-trained and well-behaved. This means enrolling them in obedience classes and/or hiring a professional trainer. If you are not comfortable having your dogs around large groups of people, it may be best to leave them at home on your wedding day.
Choose Someone to Care for Your Dogs on Your Wedding Day
Even if your dogs are well-trained and well-behaved, they will still need someone to care for them on your wedding day. This person will be responsible for feeding them, watering them, walking them, and making sure they are comfortable. If you are having a destination wedding or your wedding is during the summer months, it is important to choose someone who is comfortable caring for dogs in hot weather.
Can your dog walk you down the aisle?
Many dogs can walk down the aisle with their owner. However, it is important to make sure your dog is comfortable with this and that he will not get too excited or distracted during the ceremony. If you are not sure if your dog can handle walking down the aisle, consider having him walk with a member of the wedding party or have someone else carry him.
Will you have a dog-friendly reception?
If you want dogs to be a part of your reception, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you will need to make sure your venue is okay with dogs being present during the reception. Second, you will need to make sure there is enough food and water for both your guests and your dogs. Finally, you will need to have someone responsible for taking care of the dogs during the reception. This person will need to take them out to potty, make sure they have food and water, and keep an eye on them in case they get too excited or start to misbehave.
Dogs can be a great addition to a wedding, but it is important to make sure they are well-behaved and that you have someone responsible for taking care of them. With a little planning, dogs can be a big part of your big day!
Cynthia Pate is a passionate writer and wedding enthusiast, dedicated to helping couples create their dream celebrations. With years of experience in the wedding industry, Cynthia has developed a deep understanding of the latest trends, timeless traditions, and unique ideas that make every wedding special. Her articles cover a wide range of topics, from planning and decor to etiquette and fashion, always with the goal of providing practical advice and inspiring ideas. When she’s not writing about all things wedding-related, Cynthia enjoys exploring new destinations, trying out local cuisines, and spending time with her family and friends.