(Closed) Incorporating Dog Into Wedding Day Photos

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
281 posts
Helper bee

Ohhh I am soooo excited to help you with this one because I am having 3 dogs in my wedding! 

Shep,  Pit, and Bishon 🙂

Post # 5
281 posts
Helper bee

How come you don’t want to include your baby in your ceremony? the church doesn’t allow it?

What I would do is dress him up in a cute tux and have him walk your guests to the reception if its close by. Or have him wait by the church doors with someone holding him of course, to greet all your guests. 


Post # 6
281 posts
Helper bee

I am having all three of my babies walk down the isle.

I am an animal rescuer, and I have another friend who is also an animal rescuer who is making my pits dress. She’s a black and white pit who LOVES to get dressed up. So I am putting her in a light pink dress with flowers on her neck. My maid of honor is gonna walk her down the isle. The Bishon is gonna wear a pink tux, even though he’s a boy and he’s gonna have a pillow attached to his tux with the rings on it. One of the bridesmaids is gonna walk him down the isle. My shep is gonna wear a white tux with flowers around his neck and the best man is gonna walk him down the isle. 

There is so much you can do to include your baby. 

You can even have a photo session with him. Have him join your first dance towards the end. 

Such an exciting thing to do! I am very glad you want to incldude your dog in your wedding. Its gonna be fun. Make sure he is fully trained before you include him in what ever you decide though. You don’t want him to run over your guests or jump on them while they’re eating aha

Post # 7
281 posts
Helper bee

If you don’t mind me asking, what is the theme of your wedding? I might be able to help you with some photo ideas if I know what your theme is or what kind of a wedding you’re having.

Post # 8
2012 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re also planning on having our 2 dogs (Siberian Huskies) be involved in the wedding and pictures. We have decided to take pictures together (bride, groom, dogs, immediate family) before the ceremony, have the pups walk up the aisle with fiance’s 2 daughters and stay for the ceremony, then head to a local pet hotel for the remainder of the evening. 

One suggestion: really think about your guests comfort and consider that some people don’t care for dogs while others may be terrified of them. WE love our dogs and are completely comfortable around them, but we have family members who just are not dog-people. Good luck!

Post # 9
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dog is not only not allowed in the venue (it’s a farm, and they don’t allow dogs because they’ve had some bad experiences) but she’s also not the most well-behaved around lots of people. So, we may be able to do some quick “at home” pictures with her, but we have another plan 🙂


We’re making a life-sized cut-out of her and bringing it with us as a photo-booth prop. This way everyone can take a picture with her!


Post # 10
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@nishaes:  We hired a dog walker to take care of our dog before/during the wedding and ceremony so that we could get pictures with her when we wanted, but we didn’t have to worry about taking care of her. It worked out great.

As for photos, I didn’t have any issues because my dog is small; however, I imagine you could just have your husband hold his leash and keep your distance from him. Will he lie down and stay when you ask? You could have him get in position first and then walk up behind him?

Here are some of our photos:

Dog in wedding

In photobooth

I gave her a little Benedryl (per the vet’s rec) beforehand, since I was worried about her being anxious, but it ended up making her pretty sleepy in photos. I wish I hadn’t done that, though she was calm!


Post # 14
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wanted some pictures before our ceremony with our puppy girl too! Our photographer was a little hesitant because she will only be a year old and probably a little rowdy; my dress might be at risk. He suggested a post wedding session (trash the dress) where we wouldn’t be so concerned with how we look…but it just wouldn’t be the same in my eyes! I know we could control her from jumping up on me.

She’s not really trained enough to have her in the ceremony, so I’m hoping maybe fiance’s dad might bring her for a few pics and then take her home. Not sure about the logistics and if it would work or be worth it, but ideally we would have her there!

Post # 15
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m joing this party a little late but I am having my dog and HORSE in our wedding photos, so I know how you feel! Laughing

It could really well or it could be really wild!

But, I don’t know if you’re a fan of Pinterest but they do have quite a few wedding photos that include large dogs. I’ve pinned some of them to my wedding photography board for our photographer to look at, feel free to check them out!


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