Post # 1
Hello again bees!
So as the title suggests, I am torn as to whether or not to include my sweet dog in our wedding. She is extremely well behaved and has her Canine Good Citizen certification, she doesn’t bark, and she is mannerly and polite to everybody she meets, no jumping or pawing. The venues we are looking at are all outdoor farm venues, and so far no venue proprietor has a problem with a dog being present. Our main reason for wanting to incorporate her is because she is actually the reason my husband and I met in the first place, and we took her on a hike for our first date, and we both absolutely love her of course. My hesitation is that even though she is wonderul off leash and she always stays closeby, I would be worried unless I knew that somebody was keeping an eye on her. In the past she has been present at big outdoor family gatherings and watching her has always been a communal effort between everybody, but I don’t know how my guests would feel about her being present. As a side note, I would also absolutely love our wedding pictures to include her. Did any bees work their dogs into their wedding? Any thoughts, tips, hindsight knowledge?? Thank you!!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 15
that’s a good idea, thank you!
Thank you to all you ladies suggesting to hire a pet sitter to supervise her, I think that is a great idea and what we might end up doing!!
And thank you everybody for voting in the poll!! 🙂
ooh I didn’t even think of the fact that people will probably try to feed her people food, thanks for that insight!!