Can I make ‘dog in wedding’ a contractual requirement for everything I book going forward?
I’m obviously joking, but dude, I want to cry all the happy tears when a couple includes their dog(s) in their wedding day.
While I kind of wanted to make this post a photo tribute to pups in weddings, I’m also sharing a few tips to consider before decided to dress your pooch up in their cocktail attire.
What to consider before including your dog in your wedding
- Personality and habits. Does your dog bark at every man he sees? Does she constantly jump up on people, running the risk of tearing someone’s nice ensemble? As much as you love your pup, consider their personality and (bad) habits before deciding to bring them in the company of 150 people. Dogs can’t speak, so they use barking, jumping, and even peeing to convey their feelings. Your dog may not be comfortable, leaving you stressed and your guests annoyed.
- Do your venues allow pets? This one is obviously a deal breaker. As much as I argued that animals are “God’s creatures”, my beloved baby was still not allowed in the church for our ceremony. We had a human ring bearer instead, and he was pretty damn cool, too.
- What will the weather be like? Many dogs can’t take the heat, especially if they’re wearing a puppy tux on top of their hot fur. Consider your dog’s breed, as well. For brachycephalic breeds, extreme heat makes their breathing (already tricky due to their compressed snout) labored.
Okay, you’ve decided your dog is even-tempered and your wedding day will be pleasantly cool – Poochie is in! How do make your dog/wedding combo run smoothly?
Keeping your pooch happy on your wedding day
- Delegate a pet handler. While it’s adorable to have your flower girl and pup hanging out together, you can’t rely on a child to attend to your dog’s needs. Ask an adult guest who is not in the wedding to wrangle the dog before and after the ceremony. Make sure they are familiar with a dog’s needs so your baby is well taken care of, leaving you stress-free.
- Make a doggie-bag. Portion out meals into Ziploc bags and label then with your dog’s mealtime. Include a few of her favorite toys, some treats, and do not forget the poop bags! This will make your dog wrangler’s job that much easier throughout the day.
- Have a plan for the ceremony. Best-case scenario: your dog calmly walks down the aisle with his wedding party partner, then sits quietly by your side as you take your vows. This is not always the case, however, so your best bet is to have a just-in-case plan. What happens if he barks? Or poops?
- Hire a pet sitter for post-ceremony. Your pup will be ready for a nap after the excitement of portraits and the ceremony. Hire a pet sitter to arrive just before the ceremony ends and they’ll be ready to take care of your pup right away.