Post # 1
Hello to my dog loving bees out there!
My Fiance and I want our dog at our wedding, and though I have some ideas of how this would play out I feel like I should ask other bees who’ve brought their dog to their wedding what the logistics were of actually having your dog there the entire event?
My first question is: When did your dog walk down the isle / Who walked them?
My mom will be walking me down the isle first of all, and my fiance’ is going to walk down the isle with his best friend/best man/officiant, and we have two bridesmaids and two groosmen.
My second question is: Did your dog stay up at the alter or did someone in the first row take the leash and have your fur-baby in the front row instead?
My other questions are:
- After the ceremony when you typically go and get pictures with your groom, and Bridal Party, and family did you bring your dog along for those pictures too, or did you give the dog to another guest while you took pictures?
- Once you came back from taking pictures where did you put your dog….Or what did you do in general with your dog?
- Did you take time out of the reception to play with your dog, or have other members of the wedding check and feed your dog?
- Did you bring toys for them to be entertained?
- Where would you let your dog relieve her/himself?
- Anything else you did concerning your dog during the ceremony/reception/picture time.
I don’t know if any of this matters, but for those who think it might our dog is fixed, up to date on all of her vaccinations and she is a German Shepherd / Australian Shepherd mix, and is turning 5 April 28th. She is a high energy level dog too, but I’ve been training with her for a year and listens to commands well, and can lay down and be calm for a period of time, she also doesn’t whine or jump (that includes barking. She isn’t a barker at all.) She is also extremely well behaved on the leash, and is potty trained.
It is so important to us that our dog is apart of this wedding. We saved her almost 2 years ago (This May 21sst) and our bond is so close. We aren’t using her as a prop in our wedding, more like a parent including their child, and our wedding day just wouldn’t be everything we wanted if she isn’t there by our sides like she is everyday.
And for the fun of it….Share a picture of your dog at your wedding?
This is Noni which translates to “Gift from God.”
Post # 3
What is up with spacing?!
Sorry ladies….Hope this post isn’t too difficult for you to read.
Post # 4
I was in a wedding with a dog.
1. the dog was walked down the aisle by a groomsmen. (she wanted a child, but didn’t really know any). Dog wore a leash.
2. The dog sat in the front row.
3. The dog was in pictures before the ceremony, after the couple had their “first look” photos. The dog did not follow them around to take more portraits… the photog got a few and said that was enough. The groomsman watched the dog during their portraits.
4. Immediately after the ceremony, someone came to pick up the dog and apparently watch him over the weekend. He did not get to stay at the wedding
5. As far as I know, the dog peed in the parking lot.
People loved the dog, he was a hit!
ETA: Your spacing looks fine… just renders differently for the OP! A WB glitch 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2012 - Vallecito Lake
We had our dog in our wedding!
1. I had a bridesmaid walk him down, she loves dogs and was 100% excited about it. We also had more bridesmaids than groomsmen so it worked out that way.
2. Zeus stayed with the bridesmaid at the alter until my dad walked me down the aisle, and then she handed him off to my dad.
3. We did all our pictures before the ceremony, but timing aside, he was around us the whole time. He entertains himself pretty easily so he never got in the way, and all our wedding party was comfortable keeping an eye on him and helping if they needed to.
4. Our venue was very easy-going, so after the ceremony he ran around outside for a bit and then we actually have a camper in our truck that he went to sleep in.
5. He spent the whole day being entertained and running around with my husband…by the end of the ceremony he was exhausted and went to sleep as soon as we put him in the camper. We did sneak away a few times to go check on him.
Having our dog was a priority too, and we wouldn’t change a thing. He is high energy as well, but he was so well behaved, like he knew he needed to be good 🙂 Plus this is one of our favorite pictures from the day!
Good luck, and go with what you want- you know your dog best!
Post # 6
Thank you for your input, I like the idea of a groomsman walking our dog down the isle. It is currently a toss up between my Maid/Matron of Honor who already has a relationship with my dog, or my fiance’s twin brother to walk her down the isle.
Also, thank you for the pee tip. I am going to set up a corner in the parking lot where our dog can go and relieve herself.
I love that picture it is so perfect! The falling snow really brings out those gold eyes of his, Zeus is the perfect name for him! I really like the hand off from Bridesmaid or Best Man to parent. I might do that with Noni. You reminded me that I need to talk to the rest of my Bridal Party to let them know that our dog is going to be apart of the wedding! The little details seem to be escaping me!
Thank you so much for your advice!