Post # 1
Wasn’t sure if this belonged in Pets or Ceremony…so apologies if it’s in the wrong area!
Any Bees have pets in their ceremony?? People have asked us if our horses will be involved (absolutely not!!) but I would like the dogs to be involved. We have a pet-friendly space. My fiance wasn’t too excited by the idea but he’s compromised with using our GSD and leaving the older dog out of things. The shepherd is super well behaved, very well traveled, quiet and focused. He preferred the idea of horses and asked if it would work logistically! I told him dogs would be WAY easier and predictable. They are both huge parts of our lives but a winter wedding and horses is a “no thank you!” from me. I was thinking of having a good friend (dog obsessed, too) who can’t be in the wedding party walk her as the ring bearer and then possibly take her back to where we’re staying? It’ll be a short ceremony so she could probably even stay the whole time.
Any thoughts? Or pics for those who’ve done it?
Post # 2
I would absolutely LOVE to have our corgi involved!!!
But we are doing a Destination Wedding so it is unlikely that we would be able to make that work.
Post # 3
We had our two Siberian Huskies in our wedding! We hired a pet-sitter to pick them up at our house, bring to them to the ceremony space, stay with them as needed, etc. Our two daughters walked up the aisle with the pups, then gave them back to the handler for the duration of the ceremony. Pups stayed after the ceremony for photos and then the handler/pet-sitter took them back to our house, gave them a treat, and went her merry way. We (hubby, me, both girls) were back home about 5 hours later after the reception. It worked out perfectly for us.
I would highly recommend getting a dedicated pet-sitter or handler for this (and meet with him/her at least once beforehand to discuss logistics, meet the pup, do a trial-run of getting the pup in the car, etc) . We wanted our guests to enjoy the day, not worry about poop, pee, treats, water, etc. and not burdened by the responsibility of a pup. With that said, everyone LOVED our pups and the photos of the guests’ reactions when the pups/girls walked up the aisle are some of my favorites. This is the pups prepping for thier big moment.
Post # 4
Miss-Mauverick : We would have a sitter/handler for sure. Accommodations are on-site so that would makes it simple. Our state is very pet friendly with spaces and accommodations which makes everything so much easier. I LOVE the pic of your two – that bow tie!
I gave my friend the option of doing a reading or walking Z down the aisle so at least he won’t feel “stuck” with a dog if he decides he wants to put the dogs aside for a day. I can’t stop looking at pet wedding accessories!!
Post # 5
We were going to have our dog (also Siberian Husky) on our wedding boat, having read a previous review of the venue allowing one, but we forgot to confirm when we booked. We asked later and they wouldn’t let us… We even had a vet nurse friend who had agreed to take care of her on the day. 🙁 We decided to have the dog with us in our engagement shoot instead. 🙂
If your venue allows it, and you already have the good friend who could look after the dog, I think you should definitely do it!
Post # 6
We have 3 dogs but only our smallest dog was involved. He’s my baby and I’ve had him forever. We got him a cute little tux and he walked down with my maid of honor. She held him throughout the ceremony instead of flowers. It was adorable and I’m so happy he was in the pictures.
He hung out the whole reception. There was always a welcome lap for him to sit on!
Post # 7
I would love to have my dog and cat, but my cat is scared of everything and my dog is questionable on behavior when he gets excited. We are going to work with our dog and see if we can make anything come of it, but the logistics of it is so complicated that I’m not really sure I want that added stress. Especially since we’re planning our wedding in three months and that’s stressful enough!
Post # 8
Our dog escorted my husband down the aisle! We refused to marry anywhere where we couldn’t include our dog, as she’s a huge part of our lives. She is very comfortable in crowds and around activity and excitement, so it wasn’t a concern for us. And we realize she’s an animal, so we agreed we wouldn’t be too upset if she wandered off to go to the bathroom or barked or whatever during the ceremony. We had an agreed upon dog handler (my brother’s girlfriend), so if our pup needed to be removed for any reason, someone could easily step up and help her out. Our dog stayed at my mom’s feet the entire time and we’re SO glad we included her!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! It looks like my shepherd will be a part of the ceremonies as of right now.