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We want to share some of our favorite ways to include your dog(s) in your big day! For many people dogs are not only pets, but a part of their family. So why wouldn’t you want to have them at your wedding?

Engagement Photos 

Many people opt to include their dogs in their engagement photos. This is perfect because you will all be spending a life together! 

Photo by Rebecca Vaughan Photography

Give Your Pup an Important Job

Making your dog a ringbearer or flower girl is a great way to incorporate them in your big day, and is super cute and sweet! You could also just involve them in your wedding party. 

Picture Perfect

Incorporating your pups into your wedding portraits are a great way to add a unique and personal touch. (Not to mention it’s super cute!)

Wedding Suit by Generation Tux

Practice Makes Perfect

If you give your pup a specific job for your wedding day, it may be a good idea to bring them to the venue at some point before and practice what you will be doing so you can see how they react.

Photo by: Wilde Company
Make Someone In Charge

It’s a great idea to put a family member or friend in charge of your pet if they will be at your wedding so that when you are busy they will be well taken care of. 

Photo by: Wilde Company
Confirm Your Venue Allows Animals

If would be a shame if you planned to involve your pet and the venue does not allow it. Check with the owner before making plans for your pet. 

Photo by: Wilde Company
Consider Your Pet’s Temperament

Make sure that your pet is okay with being around a lot of people. You don’t want to overwhelm your pet or stress them out if this makes them nervous. Also, if your pet tends to not be well behaved having them a part of your big day could just stress you out more and turn into a nightmare. 

Alternative Ways to Incorporate Your Dog

There are several ways to include your dog in your big day if you don’t think them being present will work. You could include them in your decor, add them with your wedding cake topper, or just simply talk about them all night!

Invites by PaperKuts Studio

Adoptable Dogs

If you don’t own your own dog, but would like to include them you could include adoptable dogs from a rescue! There has been a trend happening in weddings lately where instead of bridesmaids having bouquets they hold puppies  instead! (I mean come on, how cute?) Most of the time these animals are adoptable, so it’s a great way to get them seen so that they can find their forever homes. Check out your local animal shelters to learn more about this awesome trend!

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