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

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 63
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Helper bee

Ok. After reading your response about including even more pets, it’s obvious that this is not real life. Thanks for the laugh though!

Post # 64
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This has to be a joke, because I can’t imagine ANY bride being mean enough to ask her Fiance to replace groomsmen with dogs. Hes getting punished for maintaining friendships when you for some reason have failed to do so with girls. You’re going to have him not have ALL of his closest friends up there just for even numbers and to hide that you don’t have friends? Please, if you love him, don’t do that to him. Suck it up and have 2 bms or if you choose the path of dogs, don’t ask/make him do the same. To answer your original question, yes it’s strange to have a bridal party with humans and dogs, I’d be offended as a human bridesmaid.

Post # 66
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Newbee

Sorry hun, the idea is cute but no, it sounds rude and not practical in real life. Im sure you dont want anyone to get offended on your best day. Also, its ok to have uneven number of BMs. 

Post # 67
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Newbee

Does your fiance have friends with wives/girl friends that you’re friends with? maybe they can be your BMs. 

Post # 68
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Busy bee

@misslala:  As you can see everyone thinks it’s a joke and not real.  If this is the reaction you got from us. What do you think your guests reaction is going to be?

I am sure they will not remember the number of bridesmaids you had but they will certainly remember dogs instead of bridesmaids.

You have asked us for our honest opinion but it’s your wedding day and should go with what you feel most comfortable with but the fact is if you were 100% certain that is what you want you will not be asking us.

Sorry to be so blunt just some motherly advise.

 

 

 

Post # 69
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

do you not have any cousins, nieces, aunts anyone at all to ask?

does Fiance have any sisters, female cousins, nieces? what about the wives of his groomsmen or their signifigant others?

I understand your devotion to your dogs, I think its admirable but think about the logistics. Dogs can be unpredictable. Midway up the aisle, little fido decides he needs to tinkle, or see’s a bunny and wants to play chase. or the golden has an itch that just HAS to be scratched.

Post # 70
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Why is it embarrassing to have fewer people? I will have two bridesmaids, while Fiance has four groomsmen, what should I be embarrassed about?

And as stated previously, it’s ok for you to have fewer groomsmen in replacement of dogs, so why not just have fewer groomsmen? Or just deal with the uneven numbers…

Post # 71
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You shouldn’t be embarassed to have uneven numbers. No one will care! Could you have two of the groomsmen be ushers maybe instead?

I think it’s cute for a dog to be the ring bearer, but to actually be a “bridesmaid” or having your Fiance ask his men to step down…I think that’s a little inappropriate personally (and I am a huge dog lover for the record). Plus then you are going to need someone to be babysitting the dogs all night. I had a friend who offered to do this at another friend’s wedding, and she was pretty upset by the end of the night. She missed some critical points in the wedding because she was off caring for the pooches, and just couldn’t really enjoy herself.

Post # 72
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

Mmm, I wouldn’t take up a collection at the wedding.  While the money isn’t for you, I still think it’s inappropriate. Rather, I would donate the amount of money you would have spent on your favors to your cause and let the guests know about it (cute little escort cards with their name/table on the front and the amount you donated in their name on the back).

Also, allowing guests to bring their dogs is a recipe for disaster. You don’t know anything about those dogs and their temperament or if they’re up to date on shots. if a dogfight breaks out, you could be liable and all your guests will remember about your wedding is the way the dogs acted, not you and your groom on your special day. It’s too much to worry about!

Post # 73
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If I went to a wedding with dog bridesmaids I would looooove it. I would be swooning and drooling all over them! <3 So yes! Awesome idea, especially if it’s a casual thing.

Post # 74
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I understand the desire for an equal number of BMs and GMs, but in your circumstances, I’d opt to have an unequal number.  I think dogs as bridesmaids is very strange.

Post # 75
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Bumble bee

If I was a guest at a wedding with dogs as the bridal party, I would think there were emotional/mental issues with the bride and/or groom.

Post # 76
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Allow me to add.  It is completely two different decisions to have dogs as ring bearers, as the poster tactfully did above  (as a dog lover I would have liked that!)  vs at the altar.  The dogs were expected to walk down the aisle with the ring pillow and were taken away.  Something simple, just deliver a ring.  We expect a child to do that, so can a dog. 

But the bridemaids and groomsmen who are at the altar are there to support you in your lifetime decision.  Dogs cannot do this.  They do not know what is going on at the altar.  Having a bunch of dogs, to me, is disrespectful of the ceremony, your guests, and certainly your friends that you are willing to boot from your lineup.  While I realize that you love your dogs, you still need to be appropriate.  With all of the posters above saying mostly the same thing, many of your guests will be thinking this also.  Is this how you want your wedding day to be remembered?  Include them in a way that is appropriate. NOT as a bridesmaid. 

 

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