Post # 1
Ok, so I feel like I already know the answer to this question, BUT, I would like to see if it is possible that I am wrong. My Fiance and myself have two precious, adorable, rockin’ weiner dogs that we love to death and want to incorporate into our wedding. Thing is, we are getting married in a Catholic church and I’m going out on a limb and taking a guess that they won’t exactly be welcome. I REALLY want them to be our ring bearers (wouldn’t it be adorable seeing them being pulled down the aisle in a wagon:)). Has anyone ever heard of dogs being allowed in the church? I know I should just ask, but I wanted any insite before I made an ars of myself! Hopefully I don’t seem like a whack job asking this..HA!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 🙂