(Closed) Dog as date?! How to say no?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
5294 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

“Sorry, no pets allowed at the wedding.”

Post # 4
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Erm, maybe try our venues won’t allow it, unless it is a guide dog, sorry. Super odd request. 🙁

Post # 5
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a guest ask me this too! She wanted though to bring her huge golden retriever. What are people thinking, seriously?

I said to her. “Um, no, I’m sorry.”

Straight and simple. For a request like that I think it’s perfectly acceptable to NOT want a dog at your wedding.

Post # 6
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

That is definitely the weirdest request I’ve ever heard!  I would just say that your venue doesn’t allow animals. 

Post # 7
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

“No!” straight to the point!


Post # 8
14049 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, that’s SO weird.  Tell her the venue doesn’t allow any animals unless they are service animals.

Post # 9
9251 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@abbie017:  << This. I would think it is actually a health and safety thing at a venue serving food!

Post # 11
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

How totally weird.  I’d blame it on the venue!  Actually, I’d say “hell no, that’s gross and ridiculous”, but you’re probably nicer than I am.

Post # 12
2293 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

There are no. words.

I totally agree with blaming it on the venue. And if she pushes it, having someone else in the family step in and be the bad cop and put a stop to this nonsense.

This is a new one. WOW.

Post # 13
9873 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

definitely blame it on the venue!

Post # 14
5426 posts
Bee Keeper

A dog is not a “date” a dog is a pet. So the answer is obviously no unless it’s a guide dog for the blind or hearing impaired. All public buildings where it’s not a residence has that rule: no pets are allowed in the establishment. She says the dog will be in a carrier, and thinks that makes it okay? 

Post # 15
10449 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Uhhh what? Just tell her the venue won’t allow it. 

Post # 16
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Uhh..I would try to be nice and maybe say “I’m sorry, but I know having a dog there will make some of the other guests uncomfortable, and the venue doesn’t allow non-service animals anyways.” If she still pushes it, I would just say “I’m sorry, our decision is final. No animals.”.

What a whack job.

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