(Closed) Dog at the wedding? *POLL*

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we bring our dog?

    Leave the dog at home

    Bring the dog!

  • Post # 2
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My dog will be in our wedding pics. I would love for him to be at the ceremony but he can’t be. I wouldn’t do reception though because I’m a super helicopter mom to him. I would worry too much to have him there. 

    Post # 3
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I wouldn’t be offended if there was a dog at an outdoor wedding, but I would make sure there was a designated person holding the leash the ENTIRE time. Some people don’t like dogs begging for food!

    Post # 4
    8007 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Can you hire someone to take the dog to the venue for a short while, including pics, and then take the dog home? That may be the best solution for you and for your dog. 

    Post # 5
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I voted no- if you want the dog in your pictures (and maybe playing a small part in the ceremony, like the ring bearer) I’d hire someone to bring the dog for that portion only. 

    Do you know whether any of your guests are allergic or have a fear of dogs?

    Post # 6
    281 posts
    Helper bee

    I think I would worry to much about him too.   So maybe if you can designate someone to watch him,  a niece  or nephew might be great.   Or if you can tie him up on a long leash for times when you don’t want to have to watch him.   Or if you’re close enough to home maybe you can hire someone to take him back after the ceremony?   I would love to include my dogs in my wedding but they are both too nervous for that to happen.   Or venue is about an hour away,  so I doubt I’ll be able to do pics with them either.   We’re writing a little blurb about them on our wedding website,  with a note stating that they would like to come but can’t.   And then including a silhouette of each on our programs under the ‘celebrating from afar ” section. 

    Post # 7
    9784 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    I wish we would’ve had our dogs at our wedding! I voted bring the dog. However, I think you should have a designated “dog person” that is in charge of potty breaks, feeding, and monitoring what guests give them (not toooooo many treats!). You don’t want to be worrying about “Where’s the dog?” “Has it eaten?” “Will it go potty at a bad time?” etc., so a dedicated doggy friend for the day will help!

    Post # 8
    1058 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d hire a trainer or somebody well equipped to babysit her and take her home when she’s had enough for the day.  It sounds totally doable!

    Post # 9
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I know i’ll regret not having wedding photos with our dogs. However,  I voted no as our reasoning is that while our dogs can be at the wedding and are very well trained,  we worry the loud music,  unfamiliar friends and family,  and a new place might be very stressful on them. They come first in our book,  so they are being dropped off at doggie camp the day before for a fun week of play.  Plus,  one of ours is a Husky who loves to talk and will be the one not holding her peace.  😉😂

    Post # 10
    1668 posts
    Bumble bee

    that dog is family! and the reason you met, of course it should be there!

    I have friends who are nuts about their dogs and take them everywhere, and friends whose live are centered around their horses- neither of those couples incorporated the animals in their wedding and it felt weird to me, like I was watching strangers get married

    Post # 11
    7800 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    This sounds stressful for the dog, potentially stressful for guests (allergies, afraid of dogs), no one to watch it for the day and/or someone coming in and out walking the dog/picking up after it.

    I dont think its a great idea personally, but if the dog HAS to be there, I would bring it for cocktail hour and your pictures while away from the guests or something.

    Post # 12
    6267 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    sweetteawifey :  We brought the dog to the reception and random days surrounding. He did not attend our ceremony. He’s great, everyone loves him, but he’s not to be trusted without supervision when there’s temptation.  So we were worried that he would find something fun to roll in and did not need that hassle.  He had a blast the rest of the time, though!  

    I guess ask yourself whether the dog will be a contribution or a hindrance to your event.  Will you need someone to watch over her who should really be a guest with no ‘duties’?  Will guests fill her up with people food until she’s sick?  Will she think the pigsty is the greatest thing ever invented?  Even though she’s well behaved, a wedding is certainly not her typical playground, so she may be very very interested in things she hasn’t been exposed to before.  If you can definitely count on her, though, I say go for it.

    Post # 13
    3587 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I’d have loved photos with my dog but it just didn’t work out for us. You know your dog best so if you think she’ll be fine with it then why not try to incorporate her! Most people will love it. You definitely need a designated dog handler though, and not a family member who will want to concentrate on the ceremony. I would hire a pet sitter to be responsible for her and take her home after etc. 

    Post # 14
    5648 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Yes we had our dog, and 3 other family dogs at our wedding. 

    Id absolutely include your dog. 

    My advice would be to have a dog walker she knows and likes to walk her before your ceremony, take her there and be on hand should she want to go outside or need to be taken out for any reasons. Then once you’ve had your photos they can take her home and settle her there. 

    This is all based on your dog being happy with new and noisy situations which it sounds like she is. 

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