Dogs at weddings

Dogs at Weddings – When you’re getting married, you want to have all of your loved ones gathered round to enjoy the occasion. However, most weddings don’t consider those who we love just as much as humans – our beloved pets. Including dogs in wedding ceremonies is becoming more and more common, however it is important that you think it through carefully before you decide to go ahead with it. With the right preparation, you can include your canine friends in the best day of your life – and can also make sure you have some brilliant opportunities for unique wedding photography on the day.

Don’t go over the top with the outfits

You can buy all kinds of wedding costumes for dogs just by doing a simple search online, however you need to make sure that it is something that your dog is going to be comfortable in on the day. Nothing is worse than a dog that refuses to sit still, so choose something simple but quirky, and try the outfit out before the day itself so it isn’t a surprise to your dog.

Choose your staff wisely

You may hire a number of people to help with your wedding, from catering staff to photographers, and it is important that they are all on board with what you would like to do. Many caterers, for example, will provide food and water for dogs, so if you let them know that you require wedding catering for dogs they will be able to talk you through your options. Having animals present at a wedding brings some excellent choices when it comes to alternative wedding photography – and by making sure that your photographer is willing to work with your dog, you can capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Bring someone to help with your dog

Although your dog is your best friend, you are likely to be quite distracted on your wedding day, meaning that it is a good idea to bring somebody with you who could look after your dog. If you’re wondering how to make a wedding go smoothly when you’re involving animals then this is a great thing to do, because it means that you wouldn’t have to worry about keeping your eyes on your pet for the whole of the day, which would give you more time to enjoy yourself.

And finally.. be realistic

You’ll have seen many films and television programmes where dogs have walked calmly down the aisle before presenting the rings to their loved ones – but if you have enough experience as a dog owner, you will know that your chances of convincing your dog to actually do this are fairly slim. If you’ve trained your dog to do it then well done to you – however if not, it is a better idea to ask somebody to walk down the aisle with your pet.

As long as you’ve thought everything through, you should find that you are able to have a dog friendly wedding, and come back with memories and photographs of you and your pet that will last a lifetime.

Have a look at this great list of dog friendly wedding venues and if you’re planning a day involving your dog please give me a call, I’d love to shoot it!

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