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How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! If you're reading this, it's likely because you're a proud pet parent and you're considering including your furry friend in your special day. As a seasoned wedding planner with a penchant for pups, we've got the inside scoop on how to make this experience enjoyable for both you and your dog.

The 'dog wedding' trend is here to stay, and for a good reason! Our furry friends hold a special place in our hearts, and their presence adds a unique charm to the celebrations. Let's look at how to make your dog part of your wedding celebration and keep everyone happy and stress free. 


1. Ceremony Only, Please!

While many venues, including all Wedgewood Weddings locations, welcome dogs during the ceremony, it's best to keep them away from the reception. This ensures food safety and spares your pet from the overwhelming noise and crowd.

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2. Appoint a Dog Handler

On your big day, you'll be the center of attention. So, it's essential to designate someone you trust to be in charge of your dog. This person will ensure your pet is taken care of, hydrated, and given breaks when needed.


3. Ease Those Nerves

Just like humans, dogs can get anxious in unfamiliar settings. Consider bringing their favorite toy or blanket to soothe them. If your dog tends to be nervous, it might be best to limit their role or simply include them in photos.


4. Role Play

If you're thinking of giving your dog a special role, like a ring bearer, practice beforehand. However, avoid attaching anything valuable or heavy to their collar. Instead, consider a faux ring or a decorative pillow.


Must love dogs - wedding theme ideas!5. Dress Rehearsal is Key

If you've got a cute outfit in mind for your dog, introduce it to them well in advance. Let them wear it multiple times before the wedding to ensure they're comfortable. A sudden wardrobe change on the big day might make them uneasy.


6. Expect the Unexpected

Dogs will be dogs! They might bark, whine, or get a little too excited. It's essential to be understanding and patient. If things don't go as planned, remember it's the love and joy that counts.


7. Photo Op

If you decide the ceremony might be too much for your pet, consider including them in your wedding photos. This way, they're still part of your day without the added pressure.

Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and it's entirely reasonable to want your four-legged family member by your side. By following these guidelines, you'll ensure that your pet is comfortable and enjoys the festivities as much as you do. After all, happy pets make for happy weddings!

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Creative Ways to Incorporate Your Favorite Dogs into Your Wedding

The bond between humans and their dogs is truly special. So, it's no surprise that many couples are looking for unique ways to incorporate their four-legged friends into their big day. If you're one of them, you're in luck! Here are 20 of our favorite 'dog wedding' ideas to consider:

  1. Pet Portraits in Your Guest Book: Instead of the traditional guest book, why not have a book filled with portraits of your dog? Guests can leave their well-wishes next to your dog's adorable photos, making it a 'dog wedding' keepsake you'll cherish forever.

  2. Must love dogs - wedding theme ideas!First Look with Fido: Before the ceremony begins and guests arrive, have a special 'first look' moment with your dog. It's a heartwarming way to start your 'dog wedding' day and capture some candid shots.

  3. Dog-Inspired Décor: From cake toppers featuring your pet's likeness to placing pet portraits around the venue, there are countless ways to make your 'dog wedding' theme evident.

  4. Signature Silhouettes: Add a personal touch by using your dog's silhouette on napkins, favors, or other décor items. Every time guests see it, they'll be reminded of your furry friend.

  5. Cocktails with Canine Charm: Name your signature wedding cocktails after your dogs. Imagine serving a "Buddy's Bourbon Bliss" or a "Luna's Luscious Lemonade"!

  6. dog theme wedding favors. Must love dogs - wedding theme ideas!Vow to Love Your Pooch: While exchanging vows, include a line or two about your dog. It could be a promise to always provide belly rubs or a nod to the joy your pet brings into your life.

  7. Dog Treat Wedding Favors: For your fellow dog-loving guests, offer personalized dog treats as wedding favors. It's a delightful way to share the 'dog wedding' love.

  8. Paw Print Aisle Runner: Make your walk down the aisle even more special with an aisle runner adorned with your dog's paw prints.

  9. Dog-Themed Photo Booth: Set up a photo booth with dog props, ears, and tails. It's a fun way for guests to get into the 'dog wedding' spirit.

  10. Doggy Dance: If your dog is comfortable and the venue allows, have a special dance with your dog. It'll be a moment no one will forget.

  11. Must love dogs - wedding theme ideas!Dog Donation Station: In lieu of gifts, set up a donation station for your favorite dog charity. It's a beautiful way to give back and honor your pet.

  12. Star of the Save The Dates: Let your dog steal the show by featuring them prominently on your Save The Date cards. It's a cute way to give guests a sneak peek of the 'dog wedding' theme.

  13. Porcelain Pup Ring Holders: Elevate your detail shots with porcelain dog ring holders. Not only are they functional, but they also add a touch of elegance and whimsy to your ring photos.

  14. Squishy Face Socks: Show off your dog's adorable face by getting custom socks with their image. It's a fun and quirky way to carry a piece of them with you throughout the day.

  15. Pooch on Your Shoes: Take it a step further by getting custom shoes with your dog's face or silhouette. Every step you take will be in the company of your beloved pet.

  16. Plush Pup Ring Bearer Pillow: Swap out the traditional ring bearer pillow for a plush version of your dog. It's a cute and cuddly way to present the rings.

  17. Ceremony Welcome by Your Dog: Place a life-sized cutout or poster of your dog at the entrance of the ceremony venue. It's like having them greet every guest with a wagging tail and a big smile.

  18. Dog-Centric Centerpieces: Incorporate mini statues or images of your dog into the table centerpieces. It's a subtle yet sweet way to keep the 'dog wedding' theme going.

  19. Doggy Dessert Table: Dedicate a section of the dessert table to dog-themed treats. Think cookies shaped like bones or cupcakes with paw print designs.

  20. Custom Dog Illustrations: Commission an artist to create custom illustrations of your dog, which can be used on wedding programs, menus, or even as part of the décor.

With these added touches, your 'dog wedding' will be the talk of the town! Remember, it's all about celebrating love, and there's no love quite like that between a human and their dog. Celebrate your special day with a wagging tail and a whole lot of love! 🐾

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