Dogs at Weddings: How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding
On your wedding day your closest friends and family will be there to celebrate you and your partner as you take your next steps together as a couple. For many pet parents, this includes having their perfect pup by their side too. If you’re planning your wedding or getting ready to propose, you might have already decided that you’d like to include your dog in the process. Afterall, if you consider your dog to be part of the family or even your ‘baby’, why wouldn’t they be there to share in your celebrations?
While this is a question many couples will consider, most couples choose not to have their pup with them on their special day because they don’t know how to get their dog involved. So, in this article we’re going to cover some of the many ways you can get your pup involved in your wedding. It might even convince some pup parents to let their dog join in the celebrations and make their day even more perfect!
Have a ‘Puposal’
If you’re trying to plan the perfect way to propose, consider involving your precious pooch into the occasion. You could attach a sign to your dog’s collar saying, “Will You Marry Me?” or maybe even print the phrase onto an outfit for your dog to wear. Or, the dog could bring you the ring attached to its collar while you go down on one knee to ask the big question. Using your dog as part of the proposal could be a really special way to make a memorable moment even more unforgettable.
Dog Themed Decorations
If your dog is truly part of the family, then why not involve them in your wedding decorations? This can be done in many different ways which means you can get creative and make the decorations personally tailored to you and your family. Here are a few examples of how to add your pooch into the decorations:
A great way of making your decorations personal is to include photographs of you and your partner with family and friends from different occasions. You could also include photos of your adventures with your dog over the years. These photos work well for showing your experiences with various people in different places you’ve visited, but they also create excellent conversation starters for your family or friends who haven’t already met.
- Wedding Invitations
When you create wedding invitations to send to your relatives and close friends, you’ll have to make a few important decisions on how they should look. This allows you to be creative and make them really special. If you want lots of color you could include some photos of you and your partner with your dog. This shows everyone that your perfect pup is part of the family and an important part of your life. However, if you want something more minimalist, you could opt for monochromatic colors and a simple outline of your pup or maybe even a pawprint to decorate the invitations. Or, you could use a wax stamp to seal the envelope, choosing a stamp with a dog’s paw shape or doggy outline. By doing this, every envelope will carry a symbol of your adorable doggo.
- Other Doggy Decorations
The list of possible decorations is endless so we won’t be able to cover absolutely everything. However, this means you can search online or in stores to find some perfect doggy decorations to fit your perfect day. A few examples could be doggy-shaped confetti, pawprint napkins or tablecloths, a puppy themed wedding cake or even dog-shaped cookies and snacks! There are unlimited possibilities so have a look around and you’ll definitely find your perfect decorations.
Dress-Up Your Doggo
If everyone dresses well and looks their best on your special day, then why shouldn’t your pup do the same? There are lots of outfits to choose from which you can find online, in pet stores or maybe even in fancy dress stores too. If your wedding has a theme then your dog could dress-up to match the occasion, or you could simply dress them in smart clothing like a tutu, dress or tuxedo. If you choose a simple tie, bow tie or something similar, you could use a dog wedding collar which comes in many shapes and sizes. Some dog wedding collars have a simple design with interesting colors, decorations or patterns while others can greatly vary in appearance. You might find some with flowers or a suit, complete with a shirt and tie, too. These come in many different styles and vary in price from around $20 to $150. You could find one which matches (or complements) you or your partner’s outfit, that way your family will be color coordinated. After some searching online or in stores, you’ll be sure to find the perfect dog wedding collar for your perfect pup.
During the day it’s normal to have a long waiting time between the ceremony and the reception. This is usually to allow everyone to arrive if there’s a change in location, but it’s also used to take pictures of the newlywed couple and their closest friends and family. However, if you have enough time to spare, why not take a quiet stroll with your partner and your precious pooch? Your photographer could take some shots of you all during the walk which will capture this lovely and peaceful moment during your wedding day. It could also provide some necessary quiet downtime before the busy celebrations start again and it allows you to treasure the moment with your own little family.
Why Have a Bouquet When You Have a Dog?
If you have a particularly small dog, why not carry them down the aisle instead of a flower bouquet? If your bridesmaids have dogs too, they could carry theirs or you could all walk them down the aisle if the pups are too big to carry. This little change might seem like too much for some people but if you and your friends all have dogs which play important roles in your families then it might just work. This also means you can have adorable photos of the bride and bridesmaids with their doggos which will make one unforgettable photo opportunity.
Dog Ring Bearer
If the previous suggestion wasn’t enough or if you’re looking for another way to get your dog involved in the day of your dreams, you could have a dog ring bearer. This is great way of incorporating your canine companion into your ceremony without having to carry them or hold onto them. By attaching the ring box to your dog’s collar you can have your dog bring the rings to you at the front of the ceremony. Not only is this an incredibly sweet way of including your dog in the celebrations, but it will also result in some adorable photos of your dog strolling down the aisle to meet you and your fiancé before you make your vows. Having a dog ring bearer might just be the perfect way to involve your precious pup on your weeding day. Although, you’ll need to train your dog quite well for this to work. On the big day with lots of people around and cameras flashing, it might be easy for your dog to become distracted or nervous, so practicing this with people around would be a great way to settle these nerves. You could also carry a treat with you so your doggo has a reward to look forward to at the end.
Puppy Picture Booth
In recent weddings it has become increasingly common to have a photo booth or selfie station where guests can take photos of themselves. A lot of the time, these photo booths have props such as top hats, fake moustaches and glasses to take funny photos as well as some serious ones. Keeping this in mind, you could have dog themed props like toys for dogs, dog ears, dog masks or even a cardboard cutout of your furry friend! This is a great way to incorporate your love for dogs into your wedding day while having a creative and fun way for guests to interact and enjoy themselves. This idea is pretty unique too, so your guests will definitely remember it well. Afterall, how many weddings have you been to with a puppy-themed photo booth?
First Dance for Two? How About Three?
When it comes to the first dance, you and your partner will be the only people on the dancefloor sharing a special moment together. However, that means there’s plenty of room for your pup, too. Sharing a dance with your partner might seem like a daunting thing to do in front of a room of your closest friends and family, so inviting your dog to join you could provide some ideal misdirection. If you share the moment with your pup, its adorable looks could also distract from any bad dancing…if that’s a problem. It’s also a great way of including your dog in your special day and showing that they’re part of the family.
Include Your Dog in Wedding Photos
This is arguably one of the most popular ways to include your dog in your wedding and that’s for a good reason. Wedding photos are a huge part of the special day as photos are taken all day and they capture some of the most special and unforgettable moments. If your dog is included in your wedding then make sure you have some photos together. Whether they’re dressed up in smart tux or tutu or not at all, having your dog in wedding photos is a cute way to capture some of the best moments. If your bridesmaids or best man have their dogs with them too, you can take photos together with each dog by its owner’s side for a cute memory of you all together.
Doggy Dinner Table
If lots of your friends and family have dogs too, or if you have a large doggy family of your own, why not invite them all along and give them a special puppy banquet to feast on. The dogs can have their own little dinner table simply by placing their bowls in a circle with nametags on them to indicate where each dog belongs. Alternatively, if friends and family have dogs but you don’t necessarily want them there on the day, you could have a buffet-type table with lots of dog treats and goodies which your guest can take home to their pups in a ‘doggy bag.’ That way you can show your appreciation and love for dogs, while not worrying about looking after lots of furry friends throughout the day.
Pupper Wedding Cake Topper
Another simple way of showing your love for your adorable doggo(s) is to have a figure of it on the wedding cake beside you and your partner’s figure. This simple decoration shows how precious your little pooch is in a subtle but sweet way. It also provides a lasting memory as the figure can be kept as a precious keepsake to remember the occasion. If you have a buffet table with lots of cakes or tasty treats, you could have them made in the shape of dogs or cakes could be decorated with icing in the shape of dogs too. This creative and interesting decoration will make your day unique and truly unforgettable.
Hopefully you’ve learned some of the many ways you can include your dog in your wedding day to make it just a little bit more special. Although there are countless ways to include your dog in your wedding, we’ve covered some of the top choices. Whatever method you choose, if you include your dog in your special day, you’ll make some of your fondest memories with your perfect puppy companion by your side.
- How to Safely Include Dogs in Weddings – PetMD
- How to Train Your Dog to Be a Ring Bearer – Wag Walking
- 12 Tips on How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding. Say YES to the Pet! – American Kennel Club