How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

February 7, 2024

If you’re anything like me, your dog is so much more than just a pet. My dog has become such an important part of who I am since getting her three years ago. I can’t imagine life (or my future wedding) without her! If you also want to include your dog in your wedding, but you aren’t quite sure how, check out these ideas:

Signature drinks

Let’s start with a few ways to incorporate them if they can’t physically be present. The most common way as I’m sure you’ve seen before is to honor them with a signature cocktail! You can get creative with signage and the name or keep it simple. You can find lots of options on Etsy!

Put them in your decor

Another way to honor your pups is with your decor! If you have an open bar, you could make a sign that says “drinks are on our parents” like the one below. You can also incorporate them on a cake topper, napkins, drink stirrers, or dollar dance jars.

How to include your dog in your wedding: Flower girl or ring bearer

If you have a venue that allows it and your dog likes people, bring them along! You can make them your flower girl or ring bearer or even have someone bring them down the aisle. Have a trusted family member sit with them during the ceremony. You can even dress them up with a floral collar or bow tie! If they do come down the aisle, be sure to get a neutral colored leash that won’t be too distracting in photos. Here’s one I like from Etsy!

Include your dog in your wedding portraits

If your dog can sit for photos, consider bringing them for portraits. After all, they are a member of the family! Your venue and coordinator can help you arrange transportation for your pooch and manage all of those logistics if you’re worried about them.

A dog included in wedding portraits with the bride and groom
A dog included in wedding portraits with the bride and groom's family

Engagement photos

Some wedding venues don’t allow dogs, and some dogs aren’t great with crowds. So, you could consider bringing them for your engagement photos instead! This is a little more private for more shy dogs and can allow room for zoomies for energetic dogs. Then, you can decorate your wedding reception space with all of the photos so your pups are there in spirit.

All photo credit to Laura Skebba Photography

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