The Best Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

While you are marrying your best friend, of course your want your other best friend to be part of the occasion! There are so many fun ways to incorporate your pooch into your special day (and have some amazing photos!)

Engagement Photos

I mean, what girl’s heart doesn’t melt when they see a video online of someone getting proposed to with their pooch or by being given a puppy? I think we all melt a little – so why not do that! If you’re person is dying for a dog, this is when you take the hint, by them a puppy with the ring and pop the question! A sure-fire yes is when someone’s heart is a melted blob of happiness from the soft ears of a little puppy.

First Photo Hillary Gaskins :: Second Photo Moria Photography :: Third Photo George Street Photo and Video :: Fourth Photo SB Photography
First Photo Hillary Gaskins :: Second Photo Moria Photography :: Third Photo George Street Photo and Video :: Fourth Photo SB Photography

The Ceremony

Dog ring bearers make your heart melt almost as much as your friends cute three year old! Have a slightly older child or someone else (bridesmaid, groomsmen or another important guest) walk your pooch down the aisle to deliver the goods! You can either attach the rings to your dog’s collar or you can get an adorable dog ring bearer pillow (find special ones at this Etsy store).

Dog Flower Girls are also equally as heart melting. Train your dog to hold the flower girl basket and carry it down the aisle. This one will take some practice and some training, so starting months before your date is your best bet. Be sure you use edible flower petals if you do this trick, just in case your dog ingests one or two. The little (human) flower girl can still sprinkle them as they walk down the aisle to a chorus of “awwww.”

Dog of Honor. I mean, who else really deserves to stand by your side more than your best doggo?

First Photo A.S.Gyurik Photography :: Second Photo Cureton Photography :: Third Photo Fine Art Wedding Photographer :: Fourth Photo Mandy Owens Wedding Photography
First Photo A.S.Gyurik Photography :: Second Photo Cureton Photography :: Third Photo Fine Art Wedding Photographer :: Fourth Photo Mandy Owens Wedding Photography

The Photoshoot

Obviously your pooch has to be the star of at least part of your after ceremony photoshoot! Not only are wedding pictures with dogs the most amazing thing ever, but they’ll be the first photos of your new family being official! This is a great time to accessorize your pup in whatever cute flower crown, bowtie or outfit if they won’t last the whole ceremony in it! Plus, your pup wants some pictures with you as they are giving you away to a different human, they matter too ya know.

First Photo Orange Photographie :: Second Photo Randy and Ashley Studios :: Third Photo SixteenFourteen Photography :: Fourth Photo StopGoLove :: Five Photo Meredith Coe
First Photo Orange Photographie :: Second Photo Randy and Ashley Studios :: Third Photo SixteenFourteen Photography :: Fourth Photo StopGoLove :: Five Photo Meredith Coe

The Reception

There are easy ways to continue to have your pooch’s presence after the ceremony is over you and may not necessarily want to be watching to ensure Spot doesn’t get into the buffet. Plus, receptions can be very overwhelming for dogs, so it is just better you let them go home and sleep after their day of fun, photos and pets.

First Photo Tucker, Roo & Bella Too! :: Second Photo Kimberly Potterf Dorsey
First Photo Tucker, Roo & Bella Too! :: Second Photo Kimberly Potterf Dorsey

You can have your dogs be part of your decor – the guest book is a great way to do this!

Check out Miss Design Berry for some great artwork with your pooches!

Miss Design Berry custom-portrait guest books
Miss Design Berry custom-portrait guest books