(Closed) Having dogs be bridesmaids…Is it a good idea?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@misslala:  I know this sounds a little strange, but would it be super weird to have my 3 dogs (chihuahuas) and my aunt’s yorkie be my bridesmaids?

Yes, yes, it would. 

Post # 4
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it’s mostly okay since you have humans. An all-canine Bridal Party would be really odd, and I LOVE dogs.

That said, having dogs in the Bridal Party is always tricky. There’s the nerves/stress of the day, and dogs are sometimes unpredictable.

Another thing to consider is who will watch them after the ceremony/during the reception. For example, we wanted to include our dogs, but our reception venue specifically said we could not have animals indoors, so someone would’ve had to drive them home.

Post # 5
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah that would be weird and I’d feel super sad for you if I was a guest. I’m sorry hun πŸ™

Post # 6
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it would be cute!

Post # 7
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@misslala:  id love to see what kind of bridal shower/bachelorette theyd arrange…. πŸ˜› 

ok joking aside. firstly – what kind of wedding are you having? a lot of indoor places wont allow pets inside

it might be a little unusual but a lot of people do involve their animals in their weddings. dog ring bearers etc ive even heard of iguanas getting a piece of the action so its not completely random

i actually think dogs look cuter without costumes…au naturel so to speak

Post # 8
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t mean this to be offensive in any way but yes, I would think it was weird.  I understand the love you have for your dogs (because I love my own very much) but I just would not really know what to think if I saw that at a wedding.  Dogs also can be unpredictable at times and may not behave well.  You have to think about logistics and how you would feel if your dogs barked throughout your ceremony.  And if you’re not sure what your Fiance will say about it you need to talk to him asap.

All of that aside, it is your day so you should do what the two of you want and not worry about what we all think

Post # 9
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think that maybe there is another way to honor your dogs, without including them as part of the bridal party? I wouldn’t do it….I mean, can you imagine them relieving themselves during the ceremony?

Post # 10
46407 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I also would be embarassed if I was one of your human bridesmaids.

There is no reason at all that you have to have the same number of attendants on each side. Nor would I ask just anyone to add 4 more girls.

Post # 11
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

A friend had her dog bring the ring to her Fi at their back yard wedding. They had the ring tied to her collar. The dog peed on one of the chairs on the way up the aisle and pooped in the back yard later in the day.

Dogs are REALLY unpredictable and when they’re stressed out from an unusual crowd of strangers, there’s no telling what they will do.

Post # 12
1547 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think it would be cute.

But at the same time maybe some people would feel it’s rude to put your friend and sister at “the same level” of the dogs

i don’t know, people can think weird things sometimes, but i would LOVE to see someone do that, so cute.

Post # 13
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Um, I know what your getting at, and the idea is adorable, logistically I see about 50 things that COULD go wrong with this idea…..do what you want, but make sure you really want this before uyou’ll do it.

Post # 14
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is this real life? 

One dog in a few pictures.. Cute, maybe, but 3 standing at the alter with you? I don’t think you should stress about the party being even. Just have the most important people stand up with you. There’s way too much unpredictability with 3 dogs running around. Unless you’re having the wedding in a friends back yard I vote no. 

Post # 15
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Obviously it’s your wedding, but I would think it was weird, and I love my dog! I’ve heard of people involving their pets in the wedding ceremony, either for a few photos, or as the ring bearers or flowergirls (in the absence of any young cousins/nieces/nephews), but to have more dogs in your bridesmaid group than people would look strange. As other posters have said, not only would it looks as though your ‘actual’ bridesmaids are on the same level as your dogs, but also as if you really didn’t have anyone else to ask.

Post # 16
576 posts
Busy bee

It’s your wedding, so of course you should do what you want. I’m sorry though, I find it really strange. 4 dogs in a wedding ceremony is a bit of an overkill. Dogs, no matter how well-behaved they are day-to-day, can still be unpredicable, some of your guests may be allergic…plus if I was a bridesmaid and had to stand next to 4 other dogs…I would be embarassed. Sorry to say that, but I’m being honest. 

I also had an uneven wedding party. I had just my Maid/Matron of Honor and he couldn’t decide between 2 of his friends, so he had them both. Nobody even noticed or cared, and all our pictures look great.


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