Dogs at weddings are probably one of my all time favourite things! As a huge dog lover and dog owner there was never any question that our dogs would attend our wedding. In fact, we specifically chose somewhere dog friendly to marry and invited all of the family dogs. Not to be trendy or quirky, but because to us, they’re part of the family and we wanted them there.
Much to my delight, wedding venues are becoming increasingly accepting of having dogs in attendance. If only for a little while! As a result, more couples than ever are choosing to include their furry friends in their celebrations. And it’s not just dogs! We’ve had cats and even parrots at wedding ceremonies before.
Below are some of our favourite shots of dogs at weddings and pets at weddings.
If you are considering having your dogs, or your pets at your wedding there are a number of things you need to consider.
- What are your venues rules and restrictions on this? Many, unfortunately still do now allow it.
- If your venue do allow dogs at weddings (or pets) are there any additional charges or deposits due for this?
- Who will be responsible for the dog(s) *Tip* Designate a person or ask for volunteers. Older children seem to love this job! One idea is to have a secure post somewhere cool and safe at your reception, where the dog(s) can be harnessed if necessary. Provide food and water alongside a sign that reads “walk me” or similar. Guests can then take turns to walk or look after their new furry friend!
- Don’t forget the poo bags! Again, delegate a person as there wont be many volunteers for this role, ha!
- If you pet needs to leave at a certain time, make sure your photographer knows this so that you can get some photographs together.
- If your dog or pet becomes overwhelmed it’s a good idea to have a plan b. Somewhere they can be left to calm down, or someone who can take them away from the celebrations. Even the most confident and social dogs can sometimes find the chaos of a wedding too much.
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