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"Are you including your dog in your wedding?"

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For those of you who read my introduction post, you probably already know how much my fiancé and I are obsessed with our dog, Potter. For those of you who didn’t read my introduction post, I can sum up how much he means to us in four words: center of our world.

We got him when he was just 6 weeks old and he has been with us for the past 3 years of our relationship – we even included him in our engagement pictures!


Photo Courtesy of Annette Calud Photography
Photo Courtesy of Annette Calud Photography

So as you could probably imagine, one of the main questions we seem to get is, “Are you including your dog in your wedding?” Truthfully, I love this idea but knew we had to weigh our options.

There are a few things each couple must consider when making the decision about including a furry friend in your ceremony.


Questions to ask before including your Dog in your Wedding Day

  • Does your venue allow dogs?
  • How does your dog handle crowds?
  • Do you have plans for them after the ceremony?
  • Do you truthfully believe your dog will walk down the aisle and stay still for the ceremony?


After answering these questions, we knew it was impractical to include Potter in our big day.

Although we’d love to have Potter with us, after answering the above questions, we knew that wasn’t an option. Potter isn’t a fan of crowds (he freezes up and just wants Mommy or Daddy to hold him), we’d have to rely on someone to take him back to our house, which is about 30 minutes away, and most likely would want us to be holding him during the ceremony (I have never claimed he wasn’t spoiled!) So as you can see, this made our decision pretty easy, as it was best for Potter not to include him.


Although I absolutely love reading about weddings where people include their pets, I knew this wasn’t an option for us. For others, your furry friend may be a perfect addition to the ceremony and before making any decisions on your end; you should answer those simple questions above!


Do you plan to include your Dog/Pet/Animal in your wedding day?


is a bride blogger who got married in 2015. You can read her wedding planning posts here.