WeddingsHow to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding: A Complete Guide

Including your dog in your wedding can make your special day even more memorable, and is an absolute non-negotiable for Fur Mums & Dads!

From walking down the aisle to posing for paw-fect pictures, there are so many ways to involve your furry friend.

Check out our complete guide to help you decide the best role for your dog and ensure everything goes smoothly…


Choosing the Right Role for Your Dog

When deciding how to include your dog in your wedding, consider their personality, training, and comfort level. Here are some popular roles for dogs in Weddings:

1. Ring Bearer

Description: Your dog can carry the rings down the aisle, either attached to a special collar, harness, or a small pillow tied to their back.

Best For: Well-trained dogs who are comfortable with people and can follow basic commands.

Preparation Tips:

  • Practice with a fake ring or small object to get your dog used to carrying something.
  • Ensure the rings are securely attached and won’t be lost if your dog gets distracted.

2. Flower Dog

Description: Similar to a flower girl, your dog can walk down the aisle with a basket of flowers or even have petals attached to their collar.

Best For: Dogs who are calm and not easily spooked by crowds or new environments.

Preparation Tips:

  • Use pet-safe flowers or fake petals to avoid any risk of ingestion.
  • Train your dog to walk slowly and steadily down the aisle.


3. Best Dog/Canine of Honour

Description: Your dog can stand or sit beside you during the ceremony, much like a best man or maid of honour.

Best For: Dogs who are well-behaved and can stay in one place for an extended period.

Preparation Tips:

  • Have someone your dog trusts nearby to help manage them during the ceremony.
  • Bring a comfortable mat or blanket for them to sit on.

4. Dog of Honour/Guest of Honour

Description: Your dog can simply be a special guest, sitting with a family member or friend during the ceremony and joining in photos afterward.

Best For: Dogs who may not be suited for a more active role but are still an important part of your life.

Preparation Tips:

  • Ensure the person handling your dog has treats and water to keep them comfortable.
  • Choose a seat where your dog can see you but isn’t overwhelmed by the crowd.




5. Greeter/Meet and Greet

Description: Your dog can greet guests as they arrive, providing a warm and friendly welcome.

Best For: Sociable dogs who enjoy meeting new people and can handle excitement.

Preparation Tips:

  • Set up a designated greeting area where your dog can interact with guests comfortably.
  • Have treats and water on hand, and consider having a short break period for your dog to rest.

6. Photo Session Star

Description: If your dog is camera-friendly, they can be part of your wedding photos, capturing beautiful memories with you and your guests.

Best For: Dogs who are comfortable being handled and posed for photos.

Preparation Tips:

  • Plan specific times for photos to avoid overwhelming your dog.
  • Bring toys or treats to keep their attention during the photo sessions.


Tips for a Smooth Wedding Day with Your Dog

Assess Your Dog’s Personality and Comfort

  • Confidence Level: Consider how your dog reacts in new environments and around crowds.
  • Energy Level: High-energy dogs might do better with an active role, while more laid-back dogs may prefer to be spectators.
  • Training: Ensure your dog has basic obedience training and practice their role multiple times before the wedding day.

Plan for Your Dog’s Needs

  • Comfort: Make sure your dog has a comfortable place to rest and access to water and food.
  • Supervision: Designate a trusted person, such as a pet chaperone, to be responsible for your dog throughout the day.
  • Breaks: Schedule regular breaks for your dog to avoid overstimulation and fatigue.

Wedding Day Essentials for Your Dog

  • Leash and Collar: A sturdy, comfortable leash and collar or harness.
  • Attire: If your dog is wearing special attire, make sure it fits well and doesn’t cause discomfort.
  • Treats and Toys: Bring their favourite treats and toys to keep your dog happy and distracted if needed.
  • Clean-Up Supplies: Be prepared with waste bags and cleaning supplies for any accidents.


Ready for a stress-free wedding?

Having a Pet Assistant at your wedding can add a special touch to your big day while making it a more relaxed and enjoyable experience for you and your furry friend. Whether you want to include your pet in your wedding photos, have them walk down the aisle, or simply have them by your side, a Pet Assistant can help make your pet a happy and integral part of one of the most magical and important days of your life.

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