Have a ‘Paws’itively Perfect Wedding

November 7, 2014

It’s no secret that the Lowcountry is a dog lover’s city. With multiple dog friendly restaurants, doggie day cares, spas and the many dog parks it’s no wonder why so many Charleston couples want to include their four-legged friends on their big day. However, including your pup (or pups) in the festivities is not without its hurdles.

BridalGuide.com has a great article explaining how to best include dog(s) in your wedding with tips from renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell. For the complete article visit BridalGuide.com’s- Tips on Including your dog in your wedding.


Cru Catered Wedding- Amelia + Dan Photography

Ask if your dog has what it takes. Weddings can be stressful and overwhelming for a dog that does not adapt well to new environments or is uncomfortable around strangers. Sociable dogs that are outgoing and friendly often cope better with the extra attention they are likely to receive. If your dog is shy and uncomfortable around people, leave him at home where he is safe and secure.

Decide what part of the ceremony you would like your dog(s) to attend. Involve your dog in the ceremony but not the reception, as receptions tend to be overwhelming — especially those with an extensive guest list and loud music.

Check first to make sure that the venues you choose for your wedding allow dogs. Many have a strict no pet policy.

Make sure that you tell your bridesmaids or groomsmen of your intentions before the day. 
Many people are allergic to dogs, so giving them ample warning will help them prepare if they suffer from allergies.

What role is your dog going to play at your wedding?Whether she is the ring bearer or the hound of honor, start preparing early for the tasks she is going to do during the ceremony.

Designate a handlerthat will be with your dog at all times throughout the ceremony. This will relieve any pressure you might feel to make sure that your dog behaves properly.

Rehearse as much as you canwith your dog before the big day and leave ample time to practice during the actual rehearsal so that your dog (and his or her handler) knows exactly what to do and when to do it.

Take a trip to the grooming parlor or wash and groom your dog at home so that he looks and smells good on the big day.

Ensure that your dog is well-controlled around your guests. A jumping dog will not be appreciated. If your dog has a tendency to jump up, take time well before the day to teach him an alternative behavior, such as greeting a person by sitting and giving his paw rather than jumping up. If his excitement level is too high, he might find it hard to control his impulses — in which case, keep him leashed and controlled at all times.

Do not forget to include your dog in some wedding pictures!
Need ideas? Enjoy these fab photos of couples’ adorable pets all decked out on the big day.

*We also loved Charleston Magazine’s feature on local Charleston ‘Dog Nanny’- Dog Tired. Check them out!