PAWS & PROMISES - Dog Friendly Wedding Package


Sometimes, the thought of leaving behind your treasured best friend is not something you can contemplate, so we put our thinking caps on! 

As you know, we have always incorporated your four-legged friend into your weddings by organising a photoshoot by the lake. Now, we’ve developed a way to actually include your pooch in the wedding ceremony itself…



A Bespoke DOG-FRIENDLY Wedding EXPERIENCE in the Lake District

This is our three-hour afternoon elopement package, perfect for couples who want an intimate, stress-free wedding with their dog. Your dog is cared for by a chaperone during your wedding ceremony, and then there’s time to enjoy the meadow and woodland together, capturing ‘pawfect’ wedding portraits with your treasured best friend!  

Celebrate your special day with an intimate wedding experience, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District. 
Our “Paws & Promises” package is a luxury adventure escape for two… and your four-legged friend comes too!  

Working in close partnership with the Lake District’s number one wedding dog care and chaperone service, ‘Dapper Dog Weddings’ you can relax and enjoy your perfect day, knowing your dog is happy and cared for.

With unique pet-friendly touches, the ‘Paws and Promises’ wedding style ensures an unforgettable celebration!


'Paws & Promises'

What's Included...

Prices start from £2,845

  • A 3-hour afternoon elopement wedding from 14:00 – 17:00
    from May to October (as we use the outdoor spaces only)
  • Your wedding planner, offering help & support
  • Your own interactive online Wedding Hub containing all of your important documentation
  • Total privacy, with exclusive use of our beautiful venue for the duration of your wedding
  • Arrival drinks (and water bowl of course!)
  • Your music played by us on your behalf
  • Your legal afternoon ceremony outside
    the barn, or inside the barn doorway, weather-depending
  • Us as your witnesses
  • Your dog at your ceremony using one-on-one
    dog chaperone from Dapper Dog Weddings – see below
  • Post-ceremony glass of Prosecco and “L’eau
    de Lakeland” for your pooch!
  • Time for photos along our shores of Rydal Water
  • A little ‘doggy bag’ of goodies as a keepsake

*Please note: Dog chaperone services are booked by you directly with Dapper Dog Weddings. This wedding style is subject to their availability and booking their services is an essential requirement for the Paws & Promises Wedding Package

** All ceremonies including your dog must be conducted outside the barn doorway (or just inside the barn doorway or the Garden Gazebo in inclement weather).

***It is possible to upgrade the Paws & Promises wedding style to include additional guests, subject to availability. If the weather is inclement on the day, and you have not upgraded to use the inside of the barn, the house will be used for your ceremony and
dogs are not allowed in the house. However, you can still include your dog by
having Dapper Dog Weddings meet you in the meadow for a photoshoot by the lake and woodland, post ceremony


  • Fresh Venue Flowers (6 jars )
  • Bridal Bouquet and Buttonhole 
  • Dog flower garland
  • Upgrade Prosecco to English sparkling wine
A bride and her new groom walking their pointer dog after their wedding at Cote How

SAMPLE Timeline for Paws and Promises elopement wedding package:

  • 14:00 – Couple arrive for registrar interviews without their dog
  • 14:05 – Dog arrives with Dapper Dog Weddings ready for the ceremony and given time to settle, dress, and drink, etc  
  • 14:30 – Ceremony (15 mins) outside the Lakeland barn
  • 14:45 – Celebration drinks and photos in the grounds
  • 15:15 – Wander down to Rydal Water, Rydal Woods, and possibly Rydal caves for pics with the dog
  • 16:30 – Couple back to Cote How for farewell drinks, with the dog if still accompanied by Dapper Dogs or alone (and the dog is delivered later)
  • 17:00 – Wedding finish time. Couples may opt for an evening out with the potential to leave their dog with Dapper Dog Weddings, who will bring it back at a given time.

Note: These timings will need to be adjusted for different ceremony times.

The Perfect Wedding for one!

Managing your dog's welfare

Having your dog at your wedding is not for everyone or for every kind of dog. Your dog’s needs must be considered first. At Cote How we understand that including your dog on your wedding day is important to you, so we have designed this package specifically to incorporate your dog as PART of your wedding day.

As dog lovers, we are committed to ensuring your dog’s welfare is uppermost. Our wedding style is designed to include your dog safely and put their needs first.

Having your dog at your wedding is only available if you book Dapper Dog Weddings to manage your dog. Dogs are only allowed on site if handled by them and as a specified part of the wedding. and are cared for off-site by Dapper Dog Weddings at other times.
You can read our full ‘Working with Animals’ statement here

Dog-Friendly Wedding Memorabilia, Cote How bandana, water bowl, and Lakeland Dog Treat Goodie bags

Introducing Dapper Dogs

Dapper Dogs logo and mission statement

Dapper Dog Weddings is the Lake District’s Number 1 wedding dog care and chaperone service with tailored care designed to take the worry and stress out of your planning and your big day itself.  

We have a range of dog-centred services which focus on providing outstanding care for your dog throughout your wedding day.

We’re an experienced husband and wife team who are qualified, licensed and fully insured – as experts in our field we know how to help dogs to relax and enjoy their time with us, whilst ensuring they are happy at your wedding and that you can have the day you want too. 

A family elopement with two small children and a dog!
Meet Bow the lovely labrador!

After first contacting Dapper Dogs I was reassured that Bow would be able to be with us on our day then even more so when we all met 5 months prior to the wedding and you first met Bow & took her for a walk. The service on the day was perfect, you made us feel at ease at the time of pick up & Nigel was great with Bow – she’s a lively dog with a very strong will! It was our biggest wish for Bow to be there and we’re so grateful to Nigel for bringing Bow along – it made the day! [Bow’s guardians] Venue : Cote How, Ambleside Image: Simon Hughes Photography
Dapper Dog wedding chaperone Services at Cote How

Simple Relaxed & Romantic!

Read more on our elopement blogs

From real Cote How Elopement weddings to Caroline’s fabulous tips and wedding planning advice… it’s all in here…

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