Tips for Happy Dogs at Weddings

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Are you planning to bring your dog to your wedding? Things you may want to consider before making your decision

Bringing your dog to your wedding - Tips for Happy Dogs at Weddings

 

One question we get asked a lot at Wedding Planning Meetings is "Can we bring our dog?"

As dog lovers ourselves we love meeting your well-behaved family dog - As dog lovers ourselves, with two wonderful labradoodles, we understand how they are a huge part of your family, and how special it would be to include your proud pooch on your wedding day. After all everyone loves a dog at a wedding right? and what lovely wedding photographs they make!

We are however selfish by nature, and sometimes only think about our own needs, especially when it comes to our wedding day, but we need to be mindful of your dog’s needs too.

As a little guide we have put together a few hints tips and guides which we hope you find useful. If you do, please like comment and share this post to all your engaged friends who may be considering just this.

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TIP #1

Not all people like dogs (I know, it's hard to believe, but it is true) So be mindful of  your other guests before making your decision.

TIP #2

If you are being whisked away on honeymoon straight from your wedding venue, think about the logistics of managing the logistics of your dog - Delivering safely to kennels for your hols etc

TIP #3

If you are sure the dog is to walk you down the aisle then appoint one person who is responsible for your dog at all times.
They should know your dog well, be able to interpret the dogs needs and attend to them at all times.

TIP #4

Don't forget to pack all of your dog's creature comforts too!
Bring their water bowl, feed, lead, poo bags, treats etc.

TIP #5

Dogs like time out too - Don’t forget their favourite dog bed or cage, and set it up in a designated quiet corner with their own blankets.

TIP #6

Consider using a dog walker who is employed to come and collect your dog, and take it for a lovely walk then bring them back to you after the wedding (of course this only works if you are having a short wedding).
This means that your dog is not having to drool over the sumptuous temptations and smells wafting in from your wedding breakfast - Torture to them if they are not allowed any.
Some guests may prefer the dog not at the table! 

TIP #7

If your wedding is going to take the whole day and into the night, consider that your lovely dog may prefer to snuggle down and relax for the rest of the day while you and your guests continue your celebrations in style. Consider finding a dog sitter who can look after your dog overnight for you - That way you know they are safe and happy and you can focus on your celebrations.
There are a variety of local dog services providing pick up and drop off services and can kennel overnight, chaperone your dog at your wedding, simply take them for a walk.

Dogs at Weddings
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