Post # 1
We went and visited our venue for our ceremony and reception today to check out how we want to decorate it. It’s in a residential area next to another house on the side and behind it and we’re planning on having the ceremony in the backyard. We’ve been there quite a few times and it seemed great for an outdoor ceremony. Today, there was a very large dog that would not stop barking in the yard of the house to the side! I’m looking for some advice on how to deal with this…
The backyard is pretty small and the fence where the dog is at is right next to where people will be seated and where the harpist will be playing for the ceremony. I guess the worst case scenario would be that the dog barked during the ceremony and people couldn’t hear us very well. My fiance said it wouldn’t bother him to have a dog barking during the ceremony if it happened and that if it was a problem on the day of the wedding, then we could figure it out then. I think we should try to have a plan before that though!! It’s totally possible to have the ceremony indoors if it really came down to it, but I’d really prefer not to. We kind of mentioned it to the manager of the venue, but didn’t get too much of a response. I’m wondering if maybe we should ask the neighbors sometime closer to the wedding if they could keep their dog from barking or inside for an hour for the ceremony, but not sure how that would go over since we have no idea who lives there since they’re not our neighbors.
Post # 2
I don’t think you have the right as a stranger to confront the neighbour about their barking dog. The facts are you heard the dog barking once. It would one thing if this was your neighbour and you had documented evidence of habitual barking.
The only thing you can do is ask the venue if they have noticed this during other weddings and if yes what is their fix for that.
Post # 3
I’m thinking the same thing. I have family who lives on the next block so I’m going to listen when I drive by and see if this is a regular thing before I bring it up the venue again. It is not a place that is meant specifically for weddings and most events are inside, so from the response I got from them when I brought it up, I don’t think that they have dealt with it before.
Post # 4
Talk to the venue first. If they say its a common occurance, I say show up with a gift basket and dog treats and politely ask them if they could pretty please keep the dog in for just a bit during your ceremony.
Post # 5
“My fiance said it wouldn’t bother him to have a dog barking during the ceremony if it happened and that if it was a problem on the day of the wedding, then we could figure it out then.”
I agree with your FH. Don’t borrow too much worry from the future – goodness knows there are other details to worry about. If the dog is out and about before the ceremony, you can ask someone to deal with it. Hopefully you’ll be in too much of a state of wedding bliss to even think about it!