How to Include your Pup in Your Wedding

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

To all the pet parents + dog lovers out there, Happy National Dog Day! We absolutely love it when couples choose to include their pup into their wedding day! After all, they are not only an important member of the family, but they really have a knack for making photo ops that much sweeter! To celebrate this super fun day, we are sharing some of our best tips + ideas for incorporating your dog into your wedding day – with lots of super cute photos! :)

Let’s kick things off with Tip #1: A cute tie or bow tie for your pup will help your furry pal celebrate in style! Shop some of our faves below:

{top photo by Marion Heurteboust from this wedding and photo below by Henry + Mac from this wedding}

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

Dog with flowers on collar for Wedding

Tip #2 seems like a no-brainer, but if you want to incorporate your pup in your day, make sure your venue allows dogs! Some venues will allow furry friends to make an appearance for the ceremony only, some let them stay all day, and others have a strict policy against the idea, so if it’s important to you to have your pup there, be sure to check before you sign any contracts!

Tip #3 is another fun style idea: Deck out their collar with pretty blooms! :) You can have your florist lend a hand or you can create a floral collar with faux blooms from Afloral or Blooms by the Box.

{top L photo by Jackie Wonders from this wedding and photo on R by Connie Dai Photography from this wedding; photo below by Taylor Lord}

Dog with flowers on collar for Wedding

Dog in leaf wreath for wedding

Tip #4: One great place to include your pet is during the ceremony! Have your pup stand in for the flower girl or ring bearer – plus you can dress them in a sweet floral or leaf wreath! It just doesn’t get cuter! If you’d like to make your own floral wreath for your pup, check our step-by-step DIY here! You can also purchase one ready to go to make things easier. Here is a link to one of our faves!

{top L photo by Joielala Photographie from this wedding and photo on R by Analisa Joy Photography from this wedding; photo below by Max + Friends}

Dog in leaf wreath for wedding

Dog in Bow Tie

Tip #5: Even if you’re keeping it super simple and eloping somewhere, we bet your pup would still like to come along for the ride! These couples (above and below) both eloped – just the two of them and their pup – and each celebration seemed like the perfect, little family affair!

Lighthouse elopement

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

Tip #6: Be sure to grab a family portrait or two…because the snaps above and below are just the cutest, right?!! :)

{top photo by Laura Murray and photo below by Jen Rodriguez Photography from this wedding}

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

{photo above by Carmen Santorelli and below by This Modern Romance}

How to Incorporate your Dog in your Wedding

So, tell us: are you including your pup into your day? If so we’d love to hear more! Leave a comment below letting us know what type of dog you have and how he or she will be involved in your wedding!

We hope all the dog owners out there have plans to spoil their pup (even just a little bit) this National Dog Day!

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