5 Ways to Incorporate Your Dog on Your Wedding Day

Your dog is the OG of best friends. Who else is by your side day in and day out offering unconditional love + support as you plan your wedding AND navigate the stress of your busy life? Try as they may, even your fiancé can’t love you quite like your dog can.

Its only natural that you’d want your best friend/fur baby there with you on the biggest day of your life. Sometimes having them there physically is an option and sometimes it’s not. Today we are rounding up 5 ways to incorporate your dog into your wedding day so that they can be with you even if your venue doesn’t allow animals on site (lame).

  1. Make them a part of your Ceremony

Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Virgil Bunao.

Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Virgil Bunao.

The most ideal option if your venue allows it is to have your dog be a part of the ceremony. Adorn them with a flower collar and have them walk down the aisle with you as the flower girl and/or ring bearer. They will love being close to you as you make your solemn vows and your guests will love the added entertainment and cuteness factor!

2. Welcome them as part of your Wedding Guest Book

Custom Pet Portrait Wedding Guest book by Miss Design Berry, $224

Custom Pet Portrait Wedding Guest book by Miss Design Berry, $224

If your wedding won’t allow your pup on site or if you’re traveling and can’t bring them along, splurge on a custom family portrait guest book for people to sign like the one above from Miss Design Berry. This will be a focal point as guests arrive and as they gather to sign the portrait they’ll see your precious baby and understand how much they mean to you. Post-wedding this fun guest book instantly becomes a special piece of home decor to forever remind you of your big day.

3. Make a Doggy Bag Biscuit Bar for Your Guest’s Pets

Biscuit Bar for pets as favors at Commander’s Mansion wedding in Boston. Photo by Shane Godfrey

Biscuit Bar for pets as favors at Commander’s Mansion wedding in Boston. Photo by Shane Godfrey

If your dog can’t be with you at your venue why not make a treat bar for your guests to take home to their own pets? Grab some of their favorite goodies, some pretty platters to serve them on, some doggy bags and a couple frame-worthy signs and you’ve got yourself a Biscuit Bar!

4. Add them to Your Custom Wedding Crest

Custom crest by Prim Pretty Prints for Atlanta wedding featuring Cavalier King Charles portrait

Custom crest by Prim Pretty Prints for Atlanta wedding featuring Cavalier King Charles portrait

Add your dog to a custom wedding crest like the one we did above for Kelley and Elliott’s wedding in Atlanta. Their adorable pup Fenley steals the show! When you feature your dog in a custom wedding crest you can incorporate them into an abundance of items for your wedding day. Add them to your invitations, favor tags, signage, napkins, table numbers, or anything your heart can dream up!

5. Honor your Dog during Wedding Toasts

Make your dog a part of your wedding during toasts! Photo by Feiten Photography.

Make your dog a part of your wedding during toasts! Photo by Feiten Photography.

If your reception venue will allow animals why not bring your pup out for wedding toasts like Mallary and Joe did above? As you can see their lab, Georgia, is snuggled up at their feet while their family and friends shower them with well wishes and congratulatory toasts. Having your dog by your side at a moment like this really elevates the sentimental value to the next level.

Alternatively if they can’t be there with you why not put their cute little face on a Koozie? That way they’ll be a part of the toasts and merriment all night long!

We hope you enjoyed this round up of ideas and that your dog will get to be a part of your wedding one way or another.

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