If you consider your dog to be a beloved member of your family, it is only natural that you would want to include him or her in your wedding day … one of the most important … and family oriented … days of your life.
There are several ways that dogs can be included in wedding ceremonies. You may want your pooch to participate in the ceremony by having an official role as flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaid or groomsman. Or it may be more your style to have your pup be a “guest” at the ceremony and/or reception. If they are going to participate in the ceremony, it may be best to have one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen escort your dog down the aisle. And be sure to check with your venue(s) beforehand to make sure they have no issues with Fido’s presence.
Get some help …. In order to do all that is possible to have things go smoothly, it is a good idea to have someone on hand to be the dog’s caretaker during the entire wedding festivities, so that you can relax and enjoy your day. This can be a professional dog walker or a trusted person, who is not a wedding guest. It can vary how this is done and how much care your pup will need, of course. Some dogs are generally well-behaved and well … some are not!
Well-dressed pooch …. Once you decide to include your pooch in your ceremony, you’ll want to decide on wedding attire for him or her. There are several ways to go when it comes to outfitting your pup for the big day. One way is using a garland of flowers or attaching flowers to their collar. Just make sure to choose flowers that are less likely to attract bees or even use silk flowers, if necessary. For walking down the aisle you could also attach flowers to the leash. A festive bandanna might do the trick, as well.
Clothing options include buying something “off the rack” or having a custom-made outfit that coordinates with your bridesmaids or groomsmen. It may sound over the top to have an outfit custom-made, but I know several people who have done this! Exclusively Weddings has a selection of doggy wedding attire including “Always a Bridesmaid” shirt, “Invited Guest” bandanna and the ever-popular tuxedo with top hat.
As wonderful as it is to have your dog included in your wedding, there could be a situation where you have a particularly unruly furry friend or one that perhaps is not comfortable around large crowds, music, etc. In that case, it really may be best to let your pooch sit this one out and relax at home during the festivities. If this is the case, perhaps you can have him or her included in some of your wedding photography, as shown in the last photo here.
For more photos of dogs in weddings, see our Pinterest board.
Collage 1: (1) Amy Deputy (2) LibbyLewis.com (3) Daniel Taylor Photography
(4) People.com – Collage 2: (1) Colleen Paige (2) “Always a Bridesmaid” Shirt – Exclusively Weddings (3) Flower Girl Dress – Exclusively Weddings (4) Martha Stewart Weddings (5) Martha Stewart Weddings (6) tumblr.com (7) Tuxedo – Exclusively Weddings (8) John Labbe – Collage 3: (1) Etsy (2) Holland Studios (4) iloveswmag.com (5) weddingchicks.com (6) Country Girl Wedding – tumblr