Post # 1
always thought it was cute when couples had their pets involved in the wedding and was considering this ourselves… has anyone done this before?? i have found online cute dog tux’s but im not sure if thats a ‘bit too much’ or just darn right cute lol
ps, there will be no childern at our wedding, so this is also why i thought it might be a good idea for our two jacks to take that place (they are very calm, not your sterotypical jacks, so that much im not worried about)
and if you have a pic, please post it, i would love to see it!!
Post # 3
I think it’s cute! I love when pets are involved!! They are your kids right now, so it’s just like having your kids, I think 🙂
Post # 4
If executed correctly, this can be super cute. You said your pups aren’t as spaz-tastic as a typical Jack Russel, which was my first concnern when reading your title!
Also, make sure you designate someone to be in charge of the dogs before the ceremony (to make sure they do their business before walking down the aisle) and have them take the dogs home after the ceremony.
As cute as it might be, I can see disaster alllll over it- poop on the aisle, barking during the vows, and those are pretty small dogs… I can see Drunk Aunt Mary stepping on a paw with her 3 inch heels!
So, as long as someone is in charge of them and can make sure they get home & settled in I say go for it!
Post # 5
@DaneLady: thanks for the advice… def dont want them doing their business while im walking down the aisle (although it would be kind of funny yrs later looking back lol)… If we do, have our dogs in the wedding, i would want a harness on them and his mom has said she would hold one and my mom would hold the other.. and im not really worried about the barking cause they’re pretty calm and well behaved, but i can see your point, it could easily turn into a disaster.
Post # 6
and his mom would be the one to take them home afterwards, b/c she’s the only one we really really trust with our ‘babies’ lol and her yard is far from the road (we would worry about them while we were on our honeymoon b/c they are always with us and within our site lol)
Post # 7
@cdenise89: I think it’s super cute. Just start training early, take them to the location, get them accustomed to the ceremony site/handlers and I think they should be fine. A long walk just before the wedding probably isn’t a bad idea either.
Post # 8
As long as you have one person to handle the dogs (ie: get them to/from the wedding, are responsible for them during the cermony, can haul them off if they get crazy, etc.) i think it’s a great idea 🙂 Make sure they have plenty of time to get used to the site and whomever is going to be taking care of them!
ETA: Just noticed you said the mom’s were going to be taking care of them. I’d strongly suggest NOT doing it, then. The mom’s will be overwhelmed with the day and also wanting to mingle with guests. I would not give the mom’s any additional jobs – let alone handling pets. But, you know your mom’s better than me – so maybe they’d prefer that? I’d have a very honest conversation with them and ask how they feel (since they know the dogs personalities, etc.)
Post # 9
I’m not a fan of people doing this but it’s your wedding.
Post # 10
@cdenise89: we are having our little Westy be our ring bearer…I got a lovely collar and leash from Etsy in my colours and a little soft cream coloured ring bag thingy to hang on the colour:) I don’t care what anyone thinks as we are only having really meaningful things in our wedding. Go for it!!
Post # 11
I think they’re cute but young kids or pets always add a big level of uncertainty to a wedding. I’ve seen many dogs that are extremely well behaved at home turn into barking running nut jobs when they’re faced with an unfamiliar environment, lots of people, lots of noise, and clothes/leash they aren’t used to. So I vote no, purely form a logistics point of view. But if you do decide to incorporate them, definately have a designated person who can deal with them before, during and after – and this person has to be someone that you and they would be okay if they miss the ceremony (so not your mom) in case they hae to remove the dogs during the ceremony.
Post # 12
I would definitely raise an eyebrow if I was in, or attending a wedding that had pets incorporated into the wedding.
Post # 13
@lifegirl: that sounds adorable! instead of the tux, i might just go your way, and just do a matching collar
Post # 14
I think it’s nice when people have their dogs involved. When I read the title of your post, I pictured the the only Jack Russells I know (yappy, hyper, out of control balls of terror) and shuddered. However, you know your dogs best and if you think they could handle it, then go for it!
I wouldn’t put clothes on them if they’re not used to wearing clothes normally, but as previously mentioned, dressier collars and leashes would be cute. Also, I would try to have someone other than your mothers be responsible for them because the moms will probably be quite busy.
Post # 15
@oracle: good advice… and ive already spoke to our moms about it, and they thought it was a cute idea and dont mind at all
dont think i mentioned it, or if it matters but our wedding will be on the beach with only about 10-15 ppl total at it, and the hotel we would be staying at is pet friendly so if anything were to happen, we could just put them up in their crates in the room for the time being.
our dogs have been our babies since we moved in together 5 yrs ago (he refers to them as our practice children lol) , so they are very important and special to us and with it being such a small and intimate wedding, everyone that is there knows how we feel about them, and i think they completely get it/understand why we want them in it… but no, its def not for everyone.
Post # 16
@vermonster: i giggled when i read about not putting clothes on them, cause one of the jacks, Peanut actually loves to wear clothes and prances around like he’s something special when he’s wearing them…. but with it being september and it possibly being hot outside, a matching collar would be alot easier…. thanks, you probaly just made up my mind 🙂