For our brides with a pooch, its hard to even think of excluding our lovable canine from our wedding day! As part of the family, we want to include our sidekick on every adventure we take. Our wedding should be no different! The question is: how exactly do we include our dog in our people-only wedding? It isn’t exactly a weekend at a dog park. Let’s look at the dog days of weddings for some pet-friendly tips.
Clean up! Give you furry friend a well-deserved grooming as close to your wedding as possible. We just fell in love with the little doggie dresses and tuxedos available at many online and brick and mortar retailers such as Petco. Once your pup is fresh and trimmed, you’ll want to follow suit with the formal attire of your other guests!
We just swoon over the idea of having your pooch take on the task of ring bearer or flower dog. If you aren’t sure they’re up to the task, or may get shy or distracted, you can have a guest in the front row or member of the wedding party take their lead. Enrolling your dog in training courses after getting engaged can guarantee they will handle your celebration in style. What could be more adorable than a pup walking your wedding rings down the aisle!
Knowing you want to include man’s best friend in your wedding should be decided at the beginning of planning. Make sure you are booking a pet friendly venue. Also make accommodations for your canine so they have proper care during the ceremony, reception and evening. Including your pet in your wedding calls for some extra preparation on their eating and sleeping arrangements. Always transport your pup in a safety harness or dog seat.
We got the scoop on pet friendly hotels and venues in South Carolina! Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, SC offer pet parks and facilities off their garden rooms. The charming Red Horse Inn located in Landrum, SC is a wedding destination and bed & breakfast that will allow your pooch to stay as well. Don’t be afraid to ask as you tour a venue what their policies are and if they have select rooms for the furry member of the family!
If you choose not to include your dog in your actual wedding, taking styled photos with your other family member will create memories without the extra accommodations. Book your photographer for a pre-wedding formal shoot so you can include them in your album!