My dog is my best friend. He is an amazingly-large black lab named Boomer. He is the sweetest dog in the history of dogs and I can’t live without him. I wanted him at my wedding more than most of my guests, but my mom said no. We didn’t know the best way to get him down the aisle, what to do with him after the ceremony, what to do if he barked during the vows and lots of other possible snafus. I want you to be able to have your best friend(s) at your wedding so here are some tips for bringing the four-legged friends to the happiest day of your life.
Boomer is humungous, literally 120 pounds, that’s a lot of black hair that could have ended up all over my white dress. We take Boomer to PETCO to get baths before special occasions. It costs about $50 for a bath and the special de-shedding package. I don’t understand how they get rid of so much extra hair, but it really works. They use special shampoo, special brushing techniques and blowdry their hair longer. I definitely reccomend that if you have a dog who sheds and are getting married in a hot month.
What to Do With Your DBFF After the Ceremony
There are several possibilities here.
1. Most weddings will have a few guests who’ll just come to the ceremony. One of these guests might be able to drive your K9 home or to the daycare they’ll be staying at during the honeymoon.
2. If your beloved is staying at a daycare while you’re gone, or if they frequent a doggie daycare and you have a good relationship with the caregviers you can pay them to come out to the wedding to take your dog back to the daycare or to their house until you get back.
3. If you live close to your ceremony location, ask a friend to drive your dog to your house during a cocktail hour, pictures or right before dinner. If you do this however, you must give this friend a gift. You can definitely re-gift something you got before the wedding, but this is a must and it has to happen before the wedding.
4. You can have your dog stay the whole time. I don’t suggest this because no matter how much you love your dog, it will cause you extra stress on your big day. You need to check with your reception site before choosing this option, they might have a rule against animals in their location.
What if He/She Barks?
He/she probably will bark. That’s what happens when you have a dog in your wedding. During the ceremony, have Fido sit with a good friend, or wedding planner, who can walk away if necessary. The occasional bark is expected, but have a plan for if he/she is being restless or sees a squirrel and runs off. Don’t ask a family member to watch them because they deserve to stay during the whole ceremony and not worry about the pup.
What Should He/She Wear
There’s always the typical tuxedo collar, great for boy dogs., but they don’t really work if your groom isn’t wearing a tuxedo. Here’s some great ideas:
From Style Me Pretty:
Also from Style Me Pretty, pearls aren’t just for the bride:
Here’s one last option from Style Me Pretty:
Not this, but I had to throw in a picture of Boomer. This is him in his Halloween costume, it’s a dog XL shark. He loved it, but it didn’t really fit.
Hopefully this helps get Fido on the guest list of your big day.