(Closed) DOGS in church!?!

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t know how the church might feel but if they don’t, you could look at incorporating them into the reception.  Maybe they could escort you and your husband in?  And I don’t think it’s silly to ask them the question.  I asked my venue if roller skating was allowed.  It’s your wedding; you do what you want!

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

No clue about churches but I didn’t think any indoor space would allow dogs and so far all but one we’ve asked has said yes! Doesn’t hurt to ask 🙂

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ll give you the usual answer when discussing what is and isn’t allowed in the Catholic church:  Every church is different; you’ll have to check with your individual church and maybe even specific priests to find out what is/isn’t allowed; etc…

Having said that, I really don’t see it working out for you.  We were married in a pretty liberal church in a very dog-friendly area, but our priest said no dogs in the church.  I would be super surprised to hear about a church that said yes to this.  🙁

Post # 6
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’d def ask. Ya never know – maybe they’ll let the dogs go down the aisle but not remain in the church for the mass?

Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

I don’t know of any church that will allow them on the premises. If they aren’t service animals that are helping out someone who is disabled (blind or deaf), then they have no business being there. There are laws that prevent it too. That doesn’t even take into account anyone who has allergies or phobias.

Post # 8
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would ask, but expect a “no.”

As a person with serious animal allerigies, I beg you to at least ask whether anyone in attendance reacts badly to pet dander before including them in the reception.

Post # 9
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You can ask, but we’re getting married in a Catholic Church in Omaha and the priest (no joke) told me “at least you’re not doing anything crazy, like having your dog as a ring bearer, or bringing too young of a ring bearer down in a wagon. It’s a sacrament, not a circus!”

So don’t get your hopes up, and maybe (just maybe) you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Post # 10
2640 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, I have to agree.  And unfortuantely, I don’t think it will fly to say they’re seeing eye dachsaunds (sp?). I could just picture you slapping some sunglasses on yor flower girl, and letting the dogs lead her down the aisle.   LOL.  Just kidding.

But good luck.  Let us know how it goes.

Post # 11
32 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

Oh I’m in the same boat, and dying to know now if my church will allow it but I’m so embarassed to ask hahaha….

Post # 12
4 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am wondering the same thing.  About a year ago My dad had a heart attack, I was having a hard time and my fiance took me to pick out a puppy to make me feel better.  He’s a very small hypo allergenic dog, and we rly want him in our wedding b/c hes special to us.  I’m also afraid to ask though.

Post # 13
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Don’t be afraid to ask. We felt like total dorks asking, but our priest was very kind and understood. I’m sure it’s not the first time he’s heard that request!

That said though–the answer will likely be no. Like Mrs Spring, we have a liberal diocese and very relaxed church, and they told us no. It is a sacrament after all.

(We compromised and framed a 16×20 photo of our pup to set in the back of the church. LOL. It was the priest’s idea!)

Post # 14
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We couldn’t have our dogs in our wedding or reception, so we compromised by having a cake topper made in their likeness on Etsy and we’re getting day-after pics in our wedding attire and including them 🙂

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