Whether you've got a happy kitchen bear, a mischievous sandy sea slug, or just a good dog, more couples are considering including their furry friends as a part of their wedding. But what are the potential pitfalls that couples should consider before going shopping for a little dog tuxedo or bridal gown?
4. Pet Personalities: While all dogs go to heaven (well, except the ones that very clearly went to Dog Hell), not every dog has a place at your wedding. If your dog's discipline falls apart around a lot of strangers and distractions (or is aggressive) then giving them a role in your wedding probably won't work. Though you might consider setting up a time for a bridal photography session with your dog and your favorite Boston wedding photographer. If you're not too far from your wedding ceremony location (and they allow it) you might also consider taking your do there on a few occasions ahead of time to get them used to the new sights and smells. Rehearse with your dog often!
3. Your Venue: Some places do not allow dogs to just roam about. In a lot of cases the Venn Diagram of places that don't allow dogs and wedding venues is pretty much a circle, so keep that in mind if you're going to incorporate your pooch.
2. Care and Feeding: Dogs can take up a lot of care and consideration, and you might not have a lot of that to spare on your wedding day. So who will be responsible for keeping your pet entertained and out of trouble while you're focused on your wedding? Also consider what dogs might get into or eat if they're bored, some flowers and plants aren't great for dogs (nore are little beady bits from wedding dresses). A designated pet minder can be a great way to take care of your dog, someone that can whisk them in for the ceremony and whisk them back away for tummy rubs and treats (also to make sure they've pooped before the ceremony because aisle runners are a pain to wash).
1. Honored in Absence: If having your furry friend is too much for your wedding day, consider other ways to incorporate your love for them into your celebration. Perhaps some dog-themed favors? Name a specialty cocktail in their honor. Or as I mentioned before, bring your dog to your favorite Boston wedding photographer for your engagement session or bridals!
Are you planning on incorporating your pets into your wedding party? Do you have cute pictures of dogs, please share them in the comments.
Ryan Richardson is a wedding and engagement photographer serving Boston and beyond; including Cape Cod Weddings, New England Weddings, Massachusetts Weddings and Rhode Island Weddings.