The practice of including dogs in weddings isn’t brand new but we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of couples choosing to involve their furry babies in their weddings so naturally, we have some tips for including dogs in your wedding from Arizona’s Elite Circle wedding planners.
David Twigger of T Weddings & Vermilion Events says: More and more weddings are becoming inclusive, modern traditions and one of these modern traditions is including family dogs in the wedding. Our tip for this is, rehearse. We’re not talking just the wedding rehearsal. If possible bring the dog to the location more than once to let them get used to the surroundings. Increase social interaction before the wedding by taking your pup to lots of dog parks and places with unfamiliar people to get them used to all the excitement that they will be exposed to at your wedding. And the finishing touch? The doggie flower collar- it is a must!!
(Photo: Hagerty Photography)
Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings & Events says: Some pets get anxious around large groups of people so it is best to have someone be in charge of your pet who is familiar with your animal- this should NOT be someone in the wedding party or a parent. They will be busy taking photos and enjoying your wedding! Don’t forget to provide your pet with water, snacks, toys etc. because the property most likely will not have those things on hand for you. We’ve had many experiences with dogs at weddings and sometimes they do NOT want to go down the aisle so despite all your preparation, if they don’t want to go, don’t force it.
(Photo: Stephanie Fay Photography, Wedding Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch)
Cara Morrison of A Day to Cherish Weddings says: Just like having small children in a wedding, you have to be prepared for and completely OK with the fact that things may not go as planned. If you realize that and it doesn’t cause you stress, bring them along!! But if you want everything to go perfectly textbook, don’t forget, animals are unpredictable and may or may not behave how you envision!
(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)
Jo Ann Grant of Apropos Creations says: Before incorporating your dog babies into the wedding, figure out what role your pup will be playing and most importantly, make sure to contact the venue to verify if they allow pets. If they do, great! If not, ask if they would allow him/her to just do the ceremony. I had this experience recently and even though the venue didn’t allow doggies on the property at all, we were able to compromise: the dog was present only for the ceremony then had to be gone shortly after the ceremony (after the photos). We worked it out and everyone was happy!
Victoria Canada offered a few more tips for including dogs in your wedding:
Remember, your dog’s level of inclusion is totally up to you and what you’re comfortable with (and what your venue is OK with)- some couples just have their pups with them while getting ready, some include them in their actual ceremony, and some have them by their sides the entire day. Just follow our tips for including dogs in your wedding and you’ll be all set!
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