Do you and your partner have a furbaby? Maybe you're considering including your dog in your wedding day! If so, you won't want to miss these tips for making it stress-free for everyone, as well as creative ways to incorporate your pup in your big day.
If you're thinking about bringing your dog to your wedding event, there are likely some things you need to consider. Check out these great tips and tricks from Rover.com, the Airbnb for pets, to make sure your four-legged friend is on their best behavior while walking down the aisle!
Top Tips for Including Your Dog in Your Wedding Day
1. Consider Your Canine
If your dog is having socialization issues, or honestly won’t be able to match your fantasy vision of the day, you’re setting your canine companion – and yourself – up for failure and disappointment.
2. Picture Your Pet
From your wedding invitations to pre- and post-ceremony photography, your dog can feature in fun ways that make a life-long impression. Remember to inquire about your photographer’s experience with animals and make sure it’s a good fit.
3. Inform Your Invitees
If you’re committed to your dog as a wedding guest or participant, that’s great… just make sure your human friends and family are aware well ahead of time and can plan around allergies accordingly!
4. Fact-Check Your Facility
Don’t assume the wedding site you’re using allows pets and end up your dog barred from the big day. Neglecting this could cause you heartache and hassle on the wedding day, as well as angry or tearful arguments with the location staff. If you’ve determined the wedding will be dog-friendly, ensure your facility and the rental agreement concurs.
5. Select a Sitter
Don’t assume you, or your almost-spouse, parents, or someone with another job can juggle dog duty. The wedding plan needs to include a friend, family member, or sitter for the day who will keep your dog calm, engaged, exercised, and properly focused for the big moment.
6. Strategize Around Strengths
If you have a restless pup, but they’ll faithfully run down the aisle to deliver the rings (and then get scooped up by your designated sitter) make sure the plan incorporates your pet’s primary strengths. If they’re already comfortable in sweaters and assorted doggie-wear you can have them show off a little tux or dress.
7. Anticipate Some Anarchy
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If the momentous day arrives and there’s a doggie rebellion, take it in stride. Remember: no wedding goes completely according to form, and things that might frustrate on the big day often inform the beloved stories told for years to come. “Expect the unexpected” is an axiom dog lovers embrace… and it also applies to your wedding, and your marriage.
8. Pamper Your Pooch
Make sure to give Fido appropriate attire for the big day. We love the wide variety of doggy outfits for weddings available on Etsy! Check out some of the darling wedding outfits for dogs and dog wedding accessories below!
Adorable Dog Wedding Outfits and Accessories for the Big Day
Is there anything cuter in the world than dogs in clothing? We don't think so! Check out these precious dog wedding attire options for your furry friends!
Dog Wedding Dress
via TrixiesDogFashions on Etsy
How could you resist putting your little princess in a darling wedding dress? She could be your furry flower girl– so sweet!
Dog Tuxedo for a Wedding
via cocoandbushkacouture on Etsy
Put your doggy friend in a dapper little suit or tuxedo! Can you even handle the cuteness of a pup in a bow tie? We are dying over here.
Floral Dog Wedding Collar
via BrielleBelle on Etsy
Not into the totally frilly look for your good girl? Consider a floral collar– a chic but feminine and totally wedding appropriate accessory for your pup.
Dog Wedding Bandana
via HelloHazelCo on Etsy
Make man's best friend's role in the wedding ultra-official with a bandana that says Dog of Honor.
Dog Wedding Wreath Collar
from weddingflowerstorent on Etsy
Having a very eco-chic style wedding? Give your furry friend a very green accessory like this greenery wreath collar.
Other Dog Wedding Outfits
via UniqueDogBoutique on Etsy
This tuxedo collar/bandana gives your dog a formal look without restricting his movement. A great choice for a more formal affair.
Dog Wedding Signs
via PerryHillRustics on Etsy
Have your pup play ring bearer for your big day and wear this darling sign when he walks down the aisle.
Decorative Dog Leashes for Weddings
DIY Floral Leash from Something Turquoise
Use a decorated leash to lead your dog down their aisle during the wedding ceremony or to keep them close by during the reception. You could buy one from Etsy, or DIY one yourself using this great DIY decorative dog leash tutorial from Something Turquoise.
How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding Ceremony
- Have Fido be Your Flower Girl
- Have Rover be Your Ring Bearer
- Dog of Honor (Maid of Honor)
- Man's Best Friend (Best Man)
Creative Ideas to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding (without *actually* bringing him)
Include your dog in your engagement photos
Former bride blogger Natasha included her dog into her engagement photos. Your dog is an important member of your little family, so why not include him or her in your first official family photos?
Personalize your paper goods with an illustration of your dog
Custom sign via LoveandPawsShop on Etsy
Getting custom artwork of your dog created is an easy way to incorporate his or her likeness into your wedding details. There are some super talented illustrators on Etsy who can draw or paint your pet to include in paper details like wedding invitations, signage and more. A custom pet portrait also makes a great gift idea for pet lovers!
Name your signature cocktail after your pup
Custom sign via IvoryandSageCo on Etsy
Serving a signature cocktail can save you money on your bar costs, but it's also an opportunity to get creative! Name one of your signature cocktails after your dog, and get one of these custom illustrated bar signs from IvoryandSageCo to display at the bar to delight your guests.
Use dog-themed details in your wedding decor
Table number holders via TheRedDoorInc on Etsy
Find fun ways to incorporate nods to your furry friend in the decorative details of your wedding day. One example we love is these gold painted dog table card holders we spotted on Etsy by TheRedDoorInc. So adorable, while also looking chic!
Put Your Love of Dogs to Use : Earn More Money for Your Big Day
Savvy brides and grooms-to-be are always seeking ways to make extra income to offset the costs of a wedding and honeymoon. What about using your love of dogs as a way to earn extra money to pay for your wedding? Maybe you'd consider signing up as a sitter on Rover.com!
Check out how some of these couples used Rover to help prepare for their (and others!) big day.
- Jace – Jace and his fiancé met at a dog park in St Louis – both they and their dogs had an immediate connection! In order to gauge how they worked together as a team, Jace and his beau used Rover! The experience of working together brought them even closer, and after 20 months of dating, they got engaged! They still work together and are saving their Rover income for their wedding!
- Teresa – Teresa started using Rover to save up enough money for her dream wedding. And after years of saving, their big day was held on July 12, 2015! Not only does she thank Rover for her perfect day, but as a result of her work, she and her husband met so many families. Her pet pom, TJ, has also made some life-long friends!
- Daniela – After years of working a traditional 9-5 administrative job, Daniela decided to leave her job the summer of 2013 and go on a road trip with her husband. When she returned home, she started her own business as a wedding wordsmith, helping couples write their vows, toasts, wedding websites, and more. To help with extra income, she ultimately ended up working as a sitter on Rover. Now she can walk and sit dogs on my own schedule, while still working on her real passion – the wedding business!
Related Post: Dogsitting as a Side-Hustle to Help Pay for Your Wedding
If you're looking for a side-hustle to bring in some extra cash for your wedding day, check out Rover for a fun and flexible way to make extra money while also getting some puppy love!
Will you be including your dog in your wedding?
We hope this post has given you some insight into how to include your dog in your wedding day. Want more ideas? Check out this post from Personal Creations. Happy planning!
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.