Including Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend in Your Wedding

So you want to include your best furry friend in on one of the most memorable days of your life. Letting your dog be a part of your wedding is also a great way to bring some fun into your ceremony. Here are some tips on how to make it work.


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Be Realistic
Before deciding on having your furry friend a part of your wedding ceremony, think about their limitations. If your dog is full of high-energy they can still be involved, but should be kept on a leash the entire time. If they are still a puppy, perhaps being carried by a familiar friend or pulled in a wagon would be your best bet. If your dog is afraid of large crowds, or unfamiliar surroundings, it might not be the best idea for your dog to be involved.


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Be Accommodating
Talk to the members of your bridal party ahead of time to see if anyone is afraid of dogs or is allergic. Then you might want to rethink your dog’s being involved.


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Be Aware
Make sure the reception venue or the ceremony location will allow you to have your furry friend there. Some locations may not be that dog-friendly.


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Be Considerate
Give your dog a bath or have him groomed the day before the ceremony. Not only will he look and smell great, but this will cut down significantly on dander that could bother attendees who are allergic to dogs.


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Be Creative
How are you going to dress your furry friend? In a tux or a gown? Maybe just a bow-tie? With the amount of wedding attire for dogs these days, you can always be a little more creative with the outfit your pooch wears.


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Be Smart
Have a designated handler for your dog and make sure they takes your pooch for a nice, long walk before the ceremony. You wouldn’t want your dog to have an accident in front of everyone. Also, the long walk will get out any extra energy so they can be calm for your big day.


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Be Prepared
Bring a familiar objects along to help your dog relax. Whether it be their favorite ball, blanket, or treats, something from home will help the day go smoothly.

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