How to incorporate your dog into your wedding

Dog Q – My wife-to-be and I want to incorporate our beloved dog into our Christmas-themed wedding. Do you have any ideas on how we can do this?

"Firstly, you’re not alone in your wish to include your cherished dog at your wedding. It’s fast becoming a popular trend and consequently, more venues are now pet friendly.

"As a wedding day dog specialist, I have helped many couples include their beloved pet at their wedding. My daughter actually started my business idea off when she asked me to handle her pooch, Spencer, on her big day. Depending on where you’re getting married, you can arrange for your dog to be your ring bearer. Some churches will allow this but not all. This is where I suggest you hire the services of a chaperone. It will take all the stress out of the day if you have someone dedicated to looking after your furry friend.

"Alternatively, you could have them there for wedding photographs. With the help of a chaperone, none of your guests will spend the day worrying about looking after them.

"Many couples love to see their pooch arrive all groomed and wearing a flower collar or a silk bow tie with a matching harness and lead.

"I would say three hours is probably the maximum amount of time for your dog to be with your wedding party. Once dinner is served, your chaperone can depart with your pup to your chosen carer so you can enjoy the rest of your night knowing they’re taken care of."

Jacqueline Smith
Wedding day dog specialist

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