Dogs in weddings

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Is your dog well behaved? If so, I don’t see why not! 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I want my dogs involved but the #1 challenge is the venues—- you have to check with them. Places in my area are not allowing animals and it’s killing me. If your place does allow dogs please get it in writing! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I LOVE THIS IDEA! How well behaved is your dog? If he wouldn’t need an adult walking him, then I would do your cousin. Hell, I’d like to walk your dog down the aisle

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

A friend of mine had her dog as ring bearer. It was so adorable! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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jennkneefur :  mine was going to be our ring bearer but we had to send her over the rainbow bridge two months before our wedding ): how well does your dog walk on a leash? And how comfortable is your bridesmaid/cousin with walking your dog? Sounds like either option could work, but it just depends on who is most comfortable doing the walking. My dog would have just walked herself (she was 13yo and trained as a seeing eye dog when she was a pup so totally comfortable around large groups of people and following commands – it wouldn’t have been her first wedding, either). 

Id just say be really honest with yourself about your dog. Many dogs get overly excited by lots of people or even anxious. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

So cute! I love dogs in weddings 🙂 I think having your cousin take the dog might be easier though because of the bouquet factor.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I wanted our dog to be the flower girl. 

This idea was vetoed – but I still put her in a tutu and she sat in the audeince with my neice. Dogs make everything better! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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jennkneefur :  I am a dog/animal lover so here goes:  Make sure your dog is well trained and tired out before the cermeony, make sure his/her bladder is empty!!!!  It could be very stressful for your pooch to be in that environment.  Make sure the venue allows it.

Please no costumes for Doggie – I fund them odd to be blunt. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Absolutely….It’s your wedding…Make it as unique as you would like it. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it’s a great idea and would second the idea of asking a different family member to be on charge of her.  Preferably one with dog experience who could be in charge throughout the reception. 

That said,  I’d also make sure the dog is trained and comfortable with it.  I’d have loved for my dog to be in our wedding,  but she is easily spooked with a timid personality.  She’d had behaved and been there,  but she wouldn’t have enjoyed being in a strange place surrounded by all those strange people.  I ended up leaving her with the dog sitter the week of the wedding and our honeymoon and it was definitely the right choice for her. She had a blast playing with all the other dogs and I knew she was happy and in great hands. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I would love to have my dogs at my wedding but unfortunately my venue they would only be allowed at the wedding and they couldn’t stay at the hotel. Also my younger dog would not like all the people and is shy around people he does not know. They would look so cute in Tuxedos and are a huge part of my life and my older dog would love it but they are not trained for a situation like that.  My sister had her dog in the wedding it was kind of crazy. Her nephews tried to walk an untrained dog down the aisle. Also it was hard to keep him off her dress while they were getting ready. First are they well behaved and are they ok around large groups of people and people they have never met. Make sure you get all the rules from your venue. I would assign a responsibile adult to be in charge of taking care the day of and handling what you do with your dog during the reception. Your going to be busy getting ready for your wedding and then after your going to be busy with your reception. You may want to hire a dog trainer.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

But if you can make it work I absolutely love dogs!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

If your dog is important to you and you want him in the wedding- go for it. As long as you know your dog’s temperment, that he won’t be high strung and anxious with a lot of people around. 

I’d go with another Bee’s suggestion and have someone Rover-friendly in charge of him- if your dog changes his mind last minute or (lol a risk you take) has to take an untimely whiz- you don’t want this to stop the bridesmaid in her tracks as she’s walking down the aisle. A discreet dog person can make last minute adjustments if necessary. 

If indoors, make sure the dog is taken out before the ceremony to relieve himself. And – especially outdoors in the heat- make sure the dog has plenty of cool water handy. I recommend a little lunch/ cooler bag with extra water bottles and a plastic dish you can tote with it. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

We’re obsessed with our dog, but are actually getting married abroad so he can’t be part of the ceremony 🙁 however…here’s a service available in our city, you have to scroll down past the image :

http://walkwithmeottawa.com/board-with-me/

It’s a bit pricey but in my opinion worth it and we would 100% do it if we were getting married at home. Maybe you can see if there’s something comparable where you live. That way, you don’t have to ask a friend/family member to bring the dog home, make sure he goes to the bathroom, eats, etc. 

🙂

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