As a self-proclaimed, completely obsessed dog mom, I get all kinds of giddy when my couples tell me they want to find a way to include their furry friend in their big day. Literally, I just about tear up every single time. It's ridiculous, but I can't help myself. There's just no love like the one you share with your dog!
Most couples start with having high hopes about including their dog in the actual ceremony. And who wouldn't want that?! An adorable terrier in a bow tie or a golden retriever with a floral crown, walking down the aisle? COME ON! Sometimes it's totally do-able and I love every second of helping my couples work out all the tiny details surrounding such a thing. Because trust me, there are so many tiny details! I feel like that's an entirely different post for a different day.
But usually, for one reason or another, it's not possible to include them in the ceremony. Maybe the venue doesn't allow animals on the property or inside the building. Maybe the dog has a little bit of anxiety when it comes to being around large groups of people. Either way, they want to include their very best buddy in one of the most important days of their lives!
So to help, I've compiled a few ideas for alternative ways to include your loveable ball of fluff in your perfect day. Please keep in mind, there are still lots of details to consider when including your dog in your wedding day in any capacity. So be sure to work with your wedding planner to make sure you have all your bases covered!
Include him/her in portraits - More than a few of my couples have worked it out for a friend or family member to bring their dog by for portrait time. It's always the sweetest thing to see how excited their dog gets when they see their mom and dad all dressed up and waiting for them. And it makes for some of the sweetest pictures ever!
Include them in your engagement photos - A lot of my couples will also opt to bring their dog along to their engagement session! It's likely not often that you'll have a professional photographer lined up to take photos of your little family. So take advantage of this time and grab a few shots with your furry friend. Make sure to talk about this with your photographer beforehand, so that you can choose the best location for such a thing. It's also a great idea to bring along a friend that can take your dog for a bit while your photographer gets shots of just the two of you!
Have your stationer design a monogram with their silhouette included - If you're having your wedding stationary custom designed, why not include your dog?! I've seen stationers design a wedding log of sorts with a classic-looking silhouette of the couples' dog and it's the sweetest thing ever!
Make a donation in their favor - What better way to show your appreciation for your dog than to donate to a cause that could help many others! Instead of gifting your guests with favors, you could make a donation to a local shelter in honor of your dog.
Give your guests dog-friendly favors - Generally dog lovers are friends with other dog lovers. If a large part of your guest list has furry friends of their own at home, why not replace traditional favors with homemade dog treats for them to take home?