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

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 47
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Helper bee

I LOOOOOOOVE my dogs.  They might be in my wedding in some way, but they won’t replace any bridesmaides; but seriously ladies.  Let’s help her!!  What should she do if she’s 4 women short?!

 

Post # 48
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757 posts
Busy bee

At least you have even number 8 in total will it really matter if the groomsmen walk down the aisle in pairs and the photographer can evenly space the bridal party in pictures 1 girl and 3 boys on either side.

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I absolutely love my dog (and she’s very well trained!) but I wouldn’t ask one of my bridesmaids to step down so I could use my dog instead, nor would I get my fiance to ask one of his groomsmen to step down in place of a dog.

Seriously, OP, listen to the people here! Yes, we may not know your exact situation, but with this many people pointing out flaws in your plan and saying what your guests will probably think, has got to sink in, right?

If not, troll away!

Post # 50
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@hiheel:  I’ve seen a lot of times the bridesmaid walk down alone and the groomsmen are already waiting with the groom at the altar, too.

I don’t think you HAVE to have uneven numbers.  I actually just read that brides are more and more steering away from having even numbers. 

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

OP, If you desparately wanted even sides:

– Do you have any cousins or young aunts you could ask to make it even sides? Even if you aren’t close to them, at least they are family.

– Are any of your FI’s groomsmen married? Ask their wives or fiancees.

– Do you have any guy-friends you could ask to stand up on your side? 

Good luck OP! Talk to your Fiance & human bridesmaid about this before you make any real decisions 🙂

Post # 52
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I personally LOVE dogs, more than humans, so I can’t understand why a human would be insulted by being replaced by a dog (people tend to think they’re the best thing on the planet lol).  Plus dogs won’t complain that they don’t like their oufits, hair, nails, etc. and are the most loyal friends around.

That being said, it depends on the dogs.  Have they been socialized and trained to behave in such a stressful environment (lots of people, other dogs, etc)?  If not, you have a long road ahead of you.  Also, what is the venue’s policy on dogs?  Will someone be able to bring the dogs home after your ceremony or will they stay at the reception with you?  Is there someone to look after the dogs if they do stay?  Lots of things to think about when you involve animals.  Best of luck to you.

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I have three Golden Retrievers (all Males). They were in my wedding. They were the ring bearers.  I hired a Pet Taxi service for dogs to be picedk up after the ceremony and return them home.  They were adorable in little Bow ties. They are well trained and happily walked down the aisle with a bridesmaid, she was thrilled to do it. During the ceremony, I hired a neighbor’s teenager to take them out of the church, through a side door. When the ceremony was over and just before we walked down the aisle as man and wife, she brought them back in and gave them over to the bridesmaid. It wasn’t disrupptive at all.We had photos taken and the Pet Taxi service brought them home.   

I think your wedding should reflect you. Those attending probably know how nuts you are over your dogs. The people at mine did and would have been surprised if my boys didn’t make an appearance. It took a little extra planning but it was so worth it. 

Do what is right for you. I did and it was a wonderfulf memory.

Post # 54
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612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yep, weird, especially if you dress them up, or worse yet have those silly dog strollers..

 

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it would be somewhat odd…

Personally, I wouldn’t do it. Too many ”what ifs” and unpredictability… If it was just one dog, I think it would be cute, but the majority of your bridal party would be dogs… So yeah, I think it would be a bit odd…

But no offense hun, I love dogs!

Post # 57
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know a lot of people have suggested asking people you know instead of having your dogs there.  I’m not sure if I would rather have a human up there that I have no connection with vs. my dog that is a loyal companion and that I am very close to.  I guess it just depends on what you think your wedding party should mean to you.

@TwilightBlue:  great idea about the pet taxi!

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

“I have another idea but I haven’t talked to my Fiance about this yet. My idea is that my Fiance could take out 1 or 2 of his groomsmen and replace them with dogs also.”

@misslala:  OK just to be clear, you can ask the groomsmen to step down to be replaced with canines (that you aren’t close to) but you can’t ask them to step down for the sake of having too many groomsmen? That logic doesn’t make much sense to me.

I think you should either go with uneven numbers, or have him drop some men, since they can be so easily replaced with dogs.

Post # 59
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

this could be a disaster waiting to happen if they misbehave, afterall they are dogs.

we are having an uneven bridal party! who cares, its super common now!

Post # 60
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This is clearly a joke!

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hmmm… As a ring bearer.. That would be okay.. Not as a bridesmaid though.. that might look a little weird :/

 

Does he have any sisters you could ask? Maybe make a couple of his guys could be  ushers so the numbers are more even and you can still include them

Do you have any male friends? Its not so uncommon anymore to have your guy friends be on your side… Wayyyyyyyy less akward then having dogs 😉

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