Post # 1
We plan to include my loving, social and beautiful Golden Retriever in our ceremony, he is 9. My fiance’ would like him to be our ring bearer, and I did see a picture once of a light painted banner on a dog that read “with this ring” with a flower wreath. Love that. Luckily, I have spent a lot of time training him over the years, earning his CGC and he is pretty smart. But he’s super social and he may just be too busy greeting everyone, who knows. How have you included your four legged family members? any disasters?
Post # 3
Following this thread!
I’m planning to include my Bichon-Poo in the wedding (she’s going to be our flowerdog). Fortunately, she’s super well-behaved, and our venue is highly dog-friendly.
We’re doing dinner on a patio overlooking a vineyard, so she’s sticking around all night, with my Maid/Matron of Honor (who’s my sister) watching her during the reception & ceremony.
Post # 4
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Our beloved dog will be in the wedding somehow as well 🙂
Post # 5
Our dog Jaxon is going to be one of the groomsmen 😀 He’s going to walk with the other guys, and he’ll have to be on a leash because he’s way too interested in saying hi to everyone, but we couldn’t imagine him not being a part of our big day. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m a huge dog lover, but I think including dogs in the wedding can become unfair for two reasons. First, someone always has to be watching the dog. It can turn attending a wedding as a guest into attending a wedding as an unpaid dog-sitter. Second, maybe the dog doesn’t want to be around people, music, guests, etc. for hours. Maybe he’s going to get too hot or too cold. Who’s going to make sure he has food and water?
I completely understand wanting to have your dog as part of your wedding (I view my pets as part of the family), I just don’t think it creates the best situation for the dog or the person who ends up being responsible for him.
Post # 7
Well, mine is super social with a confident ‘look at me’ personality so he’ll be in his glory. But you are right, it isn’t a situation for every dog. Our wedding is an outdoor garden. And we have many dog lovers in our family and friends, including a close friend who is his veterinarian, so we are all set with the 30-45 minutes of ceremony time.
Post # 8
TGold: I agree and disagree. It’s definitely something you have to consider VERY carefully, and with poor planning can be really unfair to the dog and the person watching the dog. But if you’re really careful I think it can be done really well.
My dog LOVES crowds, and will probably think the party is for her. She comes into my office on a regular basis, and I even brought her to my engagement party as a bit of a “trial run” (I definitely recommend exposing your dog to a similar crowd/level of noise before the big day).
My Maid/Matron of Honor also LOVES my dog, and was super excited at getting to take care of her during the day. My brother also loves my dog, and will definitely be there to help out. Fiance and I are going to book a dog-friendly hotel room (it’s acually a gorgeous room, in it’s own building off the hotel, so we lucked out). Our dinner is on a patio, so we have no worries about leaving her unattended.
That being said, if your dog is afraid of crowds, you’re having a huge formal ballrom type wedding, or you’re asking someone to watch the dog who begrudgingly agreed, then I’d say it’s worth re-thinking the plans. (Or alternately, hiring a dog sitter for the day of. You’ll have to pay for their meal and time, but it’s a way to make sure your dog is well looked after, and no one feels put-out).
Post # 9
Yes, mine will also think the party is for him. He has always done well at social events and with crowds, really enjoys it. But it could be stressful for a dog who doesn’t or has never been around crowds for sure.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
We really wanted to do this with our miniature schnauzer, but our venue doesn’t allow it. He’s so well trained as well 🙁
Post # 11
JohnandMaureen: our dog Daisy is too hyper, so having her walk or should i say RUN down the aisle would not have been a good idea lol
But Darling Husband was able to take pictures with her the day of the wedding and she was included in our engagement shoot
She was also on our Save-The-Date Cards bc she was the “Proposal Puppy” (she is not actually a puppy, she will be 12 soon but she will always be my puppy lol)
Post # 12
Love this. We had decided to capture a picture where my dog has the ‘save the date’ info near or around him, as well, probably with us in the background.
Post # 13
We’re planning on having our Corgi be a co-ring bearer. One of the reasons we chose our venue was because they would allow him to be there and since it’s a hotel, we’ll be able to put him in our room before the reception starts, and checking on him later in the evening will be convenient since no one will have to go too far.
It’s true that being in a wedding isn’t for all dogs, but ours loves being around people and is our social butterfly. The ceremony will be outdoors on the hotel’s patio and our party, as well as a lot of other guests have offered to hold his leash and keep him company, but we’re hiring a dog sitter to give him a long walk before the ceremony and to keep an eye on him during it so no one else has to.
Post # 14
We hired a dog-sitter to pick up our 2 furballs at our house, bring them to the ceremony site (a historic home) for photos, keep an eye on them before and after they walked down the aisle (they were our honorary ringbearers), and then take them back home after a few more photos. It worked out perfectly!
Post # 15
I love the idea of having our two boys at our wedding. We don’t have children and our 12.y.o. Jack Russell and 3.y.o. Golden Retriever will be walked down the aisle by our two ushers (my teenage cousins).
We were given special permission to have our boys on site for our ceremony and some photos. We were lucky that a friend of my Mother in Law’s offered to pick the boys up from our house and drop them off after we are done (this way they are not out in the November heat for too long), she will be our designated dog lady for the afternoon (i.e. wipe the drool off our Goldie’s jowls and keep them hydrated and take them to the bathroom before the ceremony). She will have a lovely gift coming her way to thank her, it means more to us than she’ll ever know. This means that none of our guests or family members will have to leave at any time.