Dog in Wedding Ceremony

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TracyEsq Posts : 15 Registered: 8/27/10
Dog in Wedding Ceremony
Posted: Nov 2, 2010 4:18 PM

Has anyone ever used (or is planning to use) their dog during the wedding ceremony? How did it go? Who was in charge of it? Where did the dog go afterwards? Boarding her at a kennel is out of the question. We won't be going away after the wedding anyway, just the night of.

I really want to use my little baby as our flower girl. She's a forty pound, mixed breed, all white short haired dog and we love her to death. Our ceremony is planned for outdoors, October 15, 2011. She's pretty well behaved, but also kind of hyper.

We are also planning on making a donation in lieu of favors to the animal shelter where we got her.

Just wondering what other people have done in the past, or what people are planning to do with their beloved pets during their wedding and wedding night.


auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Dog in Wedding Ceremony
Posted: Nov 2, 2010 5:02 PM Go to message in response to: TracyEsq

Dear Tracy,

Yes, I have seen a dog used as a ring bearer in an outdoor wedding, and thought it was really sweet.

This particular dog, "Surfer", was a mellow, good-tempered golden retriever. The wedding was in the bride's mother's backyard, so Surfer was pretty used to the territory.

Only you know if your little pooch has the temprament to be around a lot of strangers without freaking out.

You need to find someone to take charge of the dog before, during and after the ceremony. That's a given. I am a dog owner and know about responsible dog ownership. Do you have a friend who could help with that?


myras Posts : 396 Registered: 2/26/10
Re: Dog in Wedding Ceremony
Posted: Nov 2, 2010 9:44 PM Go to message in response to: TracyEsq

I have a couple of pictures of dogs "dressed up" for weddings. I'll be happy to send them (just contact me through my website).

If your dog is "pretty" well-behaved, as well as "kind of hyper," perhaps she could walk down the aisle with a well-prepared friend, but then I suggest that she be taken aside, rather than having her up front as a distraction during the ceremony. Whoever is in charge of her should spend plenty of time practicing with and training her beforehand. As far as your wedding night goes, is there a friend or family member who could take her from the wedding and keep her overnight? Again, getting her used to this person and the place where she's going to stay (before the actual wedding day) is key to having a happy experience (for her AND for you!)


chrissybear90 Posts : 35 Registered: 2/27/10
Re: Dog in Wedding Ceremony
Posted: Nov 4, 2010 8:55 PM Go to message in response to: TracyEsq

Love this idea! I can totally understand being in love with your dog! Our pup Dottie runs our lives in many ways! I wanted to use her in our wedding but had to let that dream go as I know when she gets scared she tends to poop...a lot...without much warning! I think if you want your dog there she should be there! After all they do tend to be like our children right?

I'm your girl and your my man and were making plans,


Azzura Posts : 21 Registered: 5/31/09
Re: Dog in Wedding Ceremony
Posted: Nov 11, 2010 9:01 AM Go to message in response to: TracyEsq

I would love to use my dogs in the wedding, but they are way too hyper. It wouldn't work for us. What we decided to do was feature them in our save the dates. The amount of time that it took for us to get decent pictures of both of them proved to me that they couldn't handle being in the wedding. Anyway, one of the pictures that we chose for the save the date is the profile picture. I thought it was a cute, whimsical idea to share. Good luck!


dogbride Posts : 41 Registered: 4/22/10
Re: Dog in Wedding Ceremony
Posted: Nov 11, 2010 7:36 PM Go to message in response to: Azzura

When my dad remarried, his new wife was "escorted" by her dog. He was very well-behaved, and was perfectly content just laying next to them at the alter. (and he was a huge dog-120lbs!) After the ceremony, there was a reception in the church hall. The dog was put in her van-he often traveled with her, and was used to the car. Every 30 min or so,someone checked on the dog.
It was a nice addition to the day. But as with children that are in wedding parties, there needs to be someone to attend to them.
Personally, I have 3 dogs. I know 2 would have HATED to be at our wedding. The other would love the attention. Maybe practice having your dog in situations similar at a park (sporting games, concerts, etc.) and see how she responds.

Is it possible to have a friend or family member take the dog home after the ceremony?

Good Luck!


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