Post # 1
Our dog is very special to us (me in particular) and was part of our proposal by carrying the ring to me! It feels right to have this very important member of our family at our ceremony. We are having it outdoors in a vineyard where dogs are allowed.
Has anyone incorporated their pet into their ceremony? Our celebrant thought it was a great idea and gave us some ideas like having him carry our rings…
He is very well behaved (almost 4 year old border collie) and loves people, that won’t be a problem. I was thinking of even assigning my aunty to look after him for the afternoon/night?
Any ideas/experiences would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
Post # 2
I love the ring bearer idea.
Post # 3
Ash2410: I’m in the same boat! My dog is only a puppy now but I would LOVE to have her at least present on the day. I’m just not sure what to do, if I should give her a task, or just let her run wild and greet guests.
I think your ideas so far are great 🙂
Post # 4
I wouldn’t let the dog run wild at the wedding. If you want him/her to have a task, that’s great but what do you plan on doing with him/her after that?
Post # 5
awwww cuteness!!!! I would love to do something with my furbabies for my wedding, unfortunately cats aren’t as responsive lmao.
As long as u get him a babysitter for after[ ur aunty!] then ur golden retriever.
Post # 6
Ash2410: we considered having our furbaby as flower girl. here’s why we decided to ask our human nieces instead:
-someone will have to keep up with her while everyone is getting ready, and you (bride) probably won’t want to do that. plus if she’s a collie, she will probably get hair all over everything. my mom has a collie who is beautiful but…hair. so much hair.
-she will be freaking cute AT the wedding, but if it’s outdoors…what if she decides she needs a potty break halfway down the aisle? she’s outside so i mean, why not
-you are going to want to enjoy your reception. assigning a family member to watch your dog for 4+ hours at the reception is not fair to that family member.
-the only alternative to having someone watch her, is to kennel her at the venue which i don’t know about your dog but mine would be very distressed to be in a new place with a lot of people and in a kennel. 🙁 not gonna do that to my baby.
-someone has to take her home, and if it’s not you two, then you have to make sure all her stuff is with the designated family member, arrange a pickup at some point in the future, etc.
our compromise was to have our pup in our engagement pics, at the venue, but leave her at her nana’s house with her cousin pets for the wedding day.
Post # 7
We are going to have my lab mix walk me down the aisle. He will be almost 7 when we get married. We are either going to have our ceremony at a local park and reception at our (future) home, or just do both at home. The park is about a mile from the house. So no issue with the dog being at either location.
Post # 8
I would looooove to have our dogs involved somehow! Unfortunately, they are too misbehaved. We’re just going to save them some wedding cake
Post # 9
Our two dogs were walked down the aisle by my Maid/Matron of Honor and a groomsman. My Maid/Matron of Honor has a portrait tattoo of her own dog, and the groomsman works at a doggy daycare/boarding place so needless to say they were super excited when I asked them if they’d be okay with it. Our puggle, who is 4, sat through the 20 minute ceremony with my parents and howled appropriately when we asked our guests to take a vow for us 😛 but our shepherd, who is 14, was taken back to one of the cabins by my MOH’s boyfriend so that she could relax (he did this voluntarily).
I will say that our situation was very unique in that we had a super small wedding of family and closest friends, who all know our dogs and are familiar with them and understand our love for them… so it was never an issue for our guests. They are very well behaved, don’t jump or bark unnecessarily. Neither guests nor dogs were distressed in any way. Our venue was also extremely dog friendly (a desert ranch property – the owner lives onsite with his dog!) so they were able to roam freely and it was never just one person’s responsibility. An added bonus was that my parents and best friends were also able to bring their dogs. I loved seeing them in all our pictures and having the dogs with us for the weekend was the most special experience.
Post # 10
somethingbee: thanks! 🙂
cautiously3optimistic: I agree and will definitely not be letting him run wild! He will be on the lead the entire time. That’s the part I’m not sure, was thinking of either bringing our crate (it’s huge, I can’t easily fit into it!) and keeping him in there with my aunty to take him out for bathroom breaks etc or getting my SILs mum to take him home (she’s already offered)
Amerie27: haha you’re right, haven’t heard of a cat at a wedding 🙂 love the pun 😛
MrsHalpert: all good points! We are having a smaller more casual wedding, and everyone on my side of the family and most on my FIs side have met my dog (he’s gone along to outdoor family functions)
Will have to think about all these things, it could get a bit complicated
tinapo85: sounds like it will work perfectly for you! That’s great!
Willow90: fair enough! I think most dogs would find a wedding overwhelming and would misbehave! Luckily my dog is super calm and relaxed in nature and quite well behaved. I’ve had to take him to dog training for years to get him that way haha
TaraMay_: aw that’s great! True, I think it’s very dependent on the wedding. Our venue is pet friendly and people have even incorporated horses into their ceremony there! It’s so great to hear someone have a positive experience with their dog. I’m so unsure!