Dogs at Weddings
When couples tell me their fur baby is invited to the wedding, or better still, part of the bridal party, I'm always so happy. Your dog is one of the most important members of your family, and they should be involved. As a dog owner myself, I know you want your pup around for your special occasions, so I've written a few points below about how to make it happen.
Now that you've decided to bring your furbaby to the wedding, you need to find someone willing to look after them as you get ready and take him or her home after the ceremony if needed. Hiring a professional dog sitter, who will probably love to attend a wedding, is a great idea.
In the Cotswolds, we are blessed with many countryside wedding venues that welcome dogs at weddings. But always check with your venue in advance if pets are allowed.
Including your dog in the photos
I'm obsessed with dogs and love having them at weddings, so if there is a photo op that can include your furry paws, I'll be there for it. Here are some ways your dog can be included in the photos.
- Casual portraits of your dog if it's there as you get ready
- Photos of your dog's accessories (those little doggie tuxedos and bridal collars are adorable)
- Photos of the dog with the bride and groom separately before the ceremony
- Of course, if your pooch is at the ceremony, there will be plenty of photos
- Bridal party photos, including your dog after the ceremony
Showing off your dog's personality
What will we see from your dog's expression on the wedding day? A happy, goofy mutt? Or a dignified old lady who would never get out of bed before noon? Do they look like they're enjoying themselves and having fun, or do they look like this whole ordeal is ruining their day? If your dog has a funny face or expression, I will be sure to capture that cuteness. I will also show off your dog's relationship with you and others in your life.
Many dog owners like to get their dogs dressed up in wedding attire. It's a common practice, and it's easy to understand why: it's adorable! If you're going to bring your dog along for the big day, it's important that they look their best.
Having your dog be part of the ceremony
Dogs, like young children, can be unpredictable when it's their time to shine at the wedding. The good news, if it all goes wrong, it turns into a comedy, offering a light-hearted moment that will be enjoyed by your guests. Many couples love to have their dog walk down the aisle, wagging their tail ahead or with the bridal party. Putting the ring box around its neck is also lovely (be sure to attach the box just before the ring exchange.) If you have an exceptionally well-trained dog, they can participate in the ceremony by sitting quietly in the front row or performing a trick.
Having your dog at your wedding is a beautiful idea. As a Gloucestershire wedding photographer, I've photographed many weddings with dogs and it's always a highlight for everyone involved. So I'm supportive of the idea if you want to include your furry friend. We can have your pet in your engagement photography session too!