Post # 1
Everyone is asking us if our dog is going to be in our wedding. It will be outdoors, and she is very calm and good around people, so I don’t have concerns there…my question is, how did you handle it before/after? Did you designate someone to walk her down and then stand with her at the end of the aisle? How did you attach the rings? Then, we go right into cocktails…I guess we could crate her in the hotel but I kind of hate to do that…and I’m a little worried about her jumping on me/my dress. Any tips? I’d really love to have her there and in the pictures especially!
Post # 3
My fiances’s dog will be standing up with us. They only people standing up with us is my son.
My future father in law will take Grommet back to their house, then go to the reception. Their house is on the way.
Grommet’s doesn’t jump up on people and he’s pretty well behaved. We going to attach the rings to his collar using a clip and my son will get them off the clip and hand them to us.
Post # 4
My FI will bring the dog to our venue when he comes and keep him with him until right before the ceremony, when he’ll get handed off to one of my BM who will walk him down the aisle and keep him on the lead.
Post # 5
either have someone walk the dog down the aisle, or if your dog is well trained and won’t get distracted by all the people, your groom can just tell him “come.” tie the rings to his collar. once he’s walked up the aisle, designate a gm or someone to be the dog handler, and remove him if he starts barking or misbehaving in a way that could disrupt your ceremony (be sure to tell the handler what exactly are and are not grounds for removal!) then someone should take the dog home.
does your dog jump on you a lot? if so, start training RIGHT NOW to stop that so he doesn’t jump on your dress. if this sounds like too much, you could have someone bring the dog for your first look (or your pictures right after the ceremony if you’re not having a first look). that way you still get pictures with him!
ETA: sorry, just noticed your dog is a girl! mine’s a boy so i tend to think of all dogs that way..
Post # 6
Our wedding will be a mile from my parents house, and I won’t know until right before if we can use my dog as flowerdog (January wedding, weather depending on if its outdoors or not!), but if we do get to use the dog I will be asking a friend who knows the dog well to be in charge of him and take him back to my parents house after the ceremony.
He would be walking down the aisle with my nephew, but my mom will be seated at the front and able to grab him if necessary. I think having a dog in a wedding only works if you can be happy with a day that might not go perfectly!
Post # 7
thanks everybody, super helpful! We have lots of dog lovers in our bridal party so we’ll figure out who will help handle it the right way. Would love to hear from anyone else who has suggestions, and if you have examples of how you posed with your dog in pictures on the day of, that’s awesome too! Thx!
Post # 8
Our venue allows dogs, so we are lucky. My nephews will be escorting them down the aisle, and will “in charge” of them before the ceremony. After the ceremony, they will be in pictures, hang out for a while and then be taken to our room for bed!
Post # 9
I’m having my dog at my wedding but as he barks a lot only at the hotel for some pics. Basically after the church my parents will pick him up on the way to the hotel for the reception and bring him for some pics. I bought him a really cute little dog suit the other day 🙂