Post # 1
My FH and I both have very well behaved pups and we’re wondering how people are incorporating their pets into their ceremonies and receptions. I have a greyhound and he has a mix, and while they do get excited to see people, they don’t jump on anyone. Is it inappropriate to include dogs in the wedding?
Post # 3
I think so… but just have a plan for AFTER the ceremony. Will someone take them back to the house? I was watching a show on TLC and the couple had the dog in the ceremony but during the reception they kept it in a room locked up which I thought was really unfair.
Post # 4
Catch the wonderdog walked down the aisle with the flower girls and then stood on the bride’s side for the ceremony. He was allowed to attend every moment and spent part of the evening chilling out on the dance floor!
Post # 5
I think it’s alright as long as you have someone in charge of caring for the dogs…making sure they have water, are well behaved (especially for those who have a fear of big dogs!), and your venue is ok with it, it can be really fun!
Post # 6
Unless it is a service animal that is required for a disability, very few places allow dogs or any other animals on the premises. Animals are very unpredictable to begin with. They may be great with a small group but they go insane with large groups of strangers. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Plus one of your guests will have to take care of the dogs (either take them home after the ceremony or babysit them during the entire reception, if that is even allowed which countless places don’t) and thus won’t be able to enjoy themselves at all, nor is it their responsibility to do so. Other people have phobias of dogs and many people are allergic. You can still incorporate your dogs into your day without them being at the wedding itself. Take pictures with them while you’re getting ready. Also, take pictures of/with them for your table number indicators.
Post # 7
If you think your pups will behave themselves, then I say go for it!! I’d love to include my dog in my wedding!! Unfortunately, she goes kinda crazy around people, so I know the excitement would be too much for her.
Post # 8
My boyfriend wants to use his dog on the wedding, we aren’t talking about a small dog, we are talking about big, yellow lab. She is well behave but i still dont know how to incorporate her. My boyfriend said he wants her to be part of the ceremony and then have a person from the family taking her back to the closer family house.
Post # 9
I am holding strong against FI and MOH’s double-coordinated assault in favor of trying to get our dog involved in the ceremony. I love him, I love the potential for cute photos, but you put an animal in a new setting and surround him with strange people and there’s no telling what he’ll do. But then again, I also think that children are too unpredictable to be involved in ceremonies, and I know most people disagree with me on that one.
Having said that, though, I am considering having our dog around to hang out during the reception. @Ember78, I understand your concern about the need for a guest to babysit the dog and take it home afterward, but I completely disagree with the assumption that having someone responsible for checking on the dog will render them “unable to enjoy themselves at all.” Plenty of guests are given responsibilities, including the MOH’s duties to bustle the bride’s dress, the best man’s duty to keep the rings until the ceremony, someone’s responsibility to take home the gifts after the ceremony, etc, yet are still able to enjoy themselves quite a bit.
Obviously the question of having a dog around or not will be determined by individual situation. If there is a well-behaved dog and a venue that allows them and a roomy, comfortable place where the dog can be contained during the ceremony and other times, and there is a guest (or guests) who knows and likes the dog and would enjoy having primary responsibility for it, then why not? I’m lucky to have a bridesmaid who is crazy about my dog and if we decide to have him around during the reception I know she’d be ecstatic. I love thinking of all the smiles on everyone’s faces when they see him playing – he’s a real crowd-pleaser.
Post # 10
We plan on having our dog in pictures. But she won’t be at the ceremony, or reception. I had a friend who wanted to help and be part of the wedding, but couldn’t pay for BM dress etc, so she offered to take care of her, during ceremony, and take her to my parents after we do pictures.
Post # 11
I say have the dogs-if your site allows you to of course. Have someone take care of the dog. Are you having children/teenagers at the wedding? If you are, see if one of the older children is willing to watch the dog. Pay them if you want. Just to make sure that someone is there to bring them out to the bathroom and not eating too much cake/food and drinking-nothing worse than a drunk dog j/k 🙂
On the cautious side, have some extra tissue boxes and maybe some Clearatin (sp?) on hand in the bathrooms (or give some to the MOH or parents if you aren’t having bathroom baskets) for people that have dander allergies.
Dogs are just as important as children IMO 🙂
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Post # 13
Just wanted to share a picture I shared the other day to show how awesome it is to have your dog at the wedding!
Post # 14
Our pup sat in the front row–we didn’t have a wedding party at all, or do the walk down the aisle thing, otherwise she would have done so. We simply asked one of our family members to hold her leash during the ceremony, and during our outdoor reception, she was off leash (and loving the food-begging opportunities) the whole time. The guests loved her. Oh, and she’s about 55 pounds of Rottweiler mix. She did run across the train of my dress (sweep train–I didn’t bustle it) about 8 times, but she didn’t even leave pawprints.
Post # 15
My greyhound is going to be our ring bearer. He’s a huge part of why FI and I are together, there’s no way we’d NOT have him in the wedding. He’s calm and well behaved, however, we’re going to have someone run him up the aisle when the rings are needed and then have someone take him home before the reception. Bryson-hound is my baby, he’s just as attached to my FI as he is to me. Having the hound as the ring bearer was the first decision we made about the wedding. 🙂
Post # 16
@MrsDG AWWWW that photo is so incredibly cute! You live in Seattle? I love how popular dog-ownership is here, I can take mine into almost any store or even coffeeshop or bar in the neighborhood.