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Bringing your dog to your wedding?

Here are some ways to make sure everything can go according to plan .... well at least try?

Check with the Venue:

Before making any plans, confirm with your wedding venue that they allow dogs. Some venues may have restrictions or specific guidelines for pets.

Dogs at weddings

Assess Your Dog's Temperament:

Consider your dog's temperament and whether they are comfortable in social settings. If your dog is anxious or easily stressed, it may be best to leave them at home.

Dress Rehearsal:

If possible, do a dress rehearsal with your dog at the venue before the big day. Familiarize them with the surroundings to reduce anxiety on the wedding day.

Dogs at weddings

Assign a Handler:

Designate someone responsible for taking care of your dog during the wedding. This person can ensure your dog is well-behaved, fed, and comfortable throughout the event.

Photo booth photo curtesy of Wags Down the Aisle

Incorporate Them into the Ceremony:

If your dog is well-behaved, consider incorporating them into the ceremony. They could have a special role, such as ring bearer or flower dog.

Professional Grooming:

Make sure your dog is groomed and clean for the occasion. A well-groomed dog is more likely to be welcomed by guests and will look great in photos.

Prepare a Comfortable Space:

Set up a comfortable area for your dog with their bed, water bowl, and some familiar toys. This can be a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the celebration.

Dogs at weddings

Provide a Handler Kit:

Equip the assigned handler with a kit containing essentials such as water, treats, poop bags, a leash, and any medications your dog may need.

Photography Considerations:

Discuss with your photographer in advance if you want specific shots with your dog. This ensures they are prepared to capture those special moments.

Backup Plan:

Have a backup plan in case your dog becomes stressed or disruptive. This might include having someone available to take them home if needed.

Pet-Friendly Vendors:

Opt for pet-friendly vendors, such as florists or bakeries, who may be more accommodating to your furry companion.

Dogs at weddings

Inform Guests:

Let your guests know in advance that your dog will be attending the wedding. Some guests may have allergies or fears, and this information allows them to prepare.

Venue for both weddings pictured: Argonaut Hotel @argonautfishermanswharf

Dog handler for Christina and Blake: Wags Down the Aisle @wagsdowntheaisle

We hope this makes you have a better understanding of all the things you need in place to have your dogs at your weddings.


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