Dogs have always been considered the most wonderful friend a person could ask for. They are such angels that bring joy to the home. We can hardly imagine anyone disagreeing with us on the matter! This is one of the many reasons why they are always considered family. Because of that, when wedding preparations are in full swing, dog lovers are keen on including them on the big day. This is why today we will share some tips on how to bring your pet to your wedding and how to make the best pet wedding photos!
1. Think photography
All pups are simply adorable, and including them on your special day may require some extra work. The first thing that you should consider is hiring a pet-friendly wedding photographer. You would certainly like some incredible photos with your furry friend, and if you think of including them in the session and creating some pet wedding photos, then your chosen photographer will play a major role. Search for a professional that has had plenty of experience with pets in weddings – this is one of the ways to make sure that you are making the correct choice.
2. Check it with the pup
This might sound a bit strange, but it will save you a headache on your wedding day. Once you have narrowed down your choice of wedding photographers, take your dog with you and see if they like each other. Chemistry is key, and you would want to make sure that it is photographed by a dog lover. And vice versa – the photographer should be ready for the dog (how to approach it, to check whether some snacks would be necessary to take some beautiful pictures, etc).
The best way to evaluate this is by having a pre-wedding photoshoot with your photographer and bringing your pet. In that way, you will know exactly how well your beloved fur baby will respond. Then, when the day comes, your dog will feel more relaxed because it has already met the person!
3. Make the dog a part of the ceremony
You are aware that the photographer will take pictures of the most memorable moment – the ceremony! If you and your loved one want to make sure to include your pet in the wedding photos, this is one of the best ways to do it! Have the dog walk down the aisle when the ceremony begins – it would be such a lovely way to start the ceremony, and it will be a homage to the love you both will nourish!
4. Don’t forget a designated person
The pet-friendly wedding photographer is not the only person to think about when including your dog in your celebration. Since you will most likely be stuck meeting and greeting people, enjoying the party, and GETTING MARRIED, you would need to make sure that there is someone that keeps your pet company at all times. This person, be it a relative or a friend, should be the ultimate dog lover and should have the best connection with your dog. Organising this will give you some peace since you will not think about what the dog might do next (in the end, it is still a dog). You can also designate this task to several people that your pet is familiar with so that they can take turns.
5. Ring bearer
You can incorporate your lovely pet into your wedding ceremony, by giving it the role of a ring bearer! This is such a heartwarming idea that is bound to leave your guests with a smile on their faces and a melted heart. Have your dog carry the rings and walk down the aisle, with the assistance of the designated person of course. This is such a lovely thing to do, and we are more than certain that your pooch will feel the bursts of love and affection from everyone around!
6. Dress them up
One of the ways your pet will catch the eye of your pet-friendly wedding photographer is the dress code! Once you decide on having your pet included in your special day, you should have the liberty of adding some style to the outfit that your dog will be wearing. You can go subtle and add a collar that will have some writings on it, or you could just go all out and find a matching little white dress or a tuxedo! The options are pretty much endless, and it all boils down to what your dog will be able to wear. Have in mind that not all pets are fond of accessories or clothes for that matter!
7. The wedding photos
Creating the perfect pet wedding photos can be quite a challenge, but never an impossible mission! The wonderfulness and the love that you will feel on your big day will shine through all of the photos you will take! Get your photographer to take your pictures with your dog too, and make the best out of your session! The loving smiles and caring looks will be captured through the lens of the wonderful professional! You will end up having some incredible memories, for which you will be thankful!
8. Have fun and set boundaries
Finally, after all the planning you have done, it is of utmost importance for both your dog and you to have fun on your wedding day! Get the best photos from your fur baby by surrounding it with dog lovers and be mindful of the boundaries. If at some point it feels like the dog has had enough, have the designated person drive them home, and maybe even keep them company. After all, taking care of their well-being should always be a priority!
Creating some pet wedding photos is always a nice idea, and something we encourage you to do! Your fuzzy best friend should be a part of your special day, and there is always a way to make that happen. We can only hope that these tips have assisted you in determining whether you should incorporate your dog into your wedding. If you do, trust us, you will have the most wonderful time!
If you are interested in adding your dog to your wedding day, and you are looking for a pet-friendly photographer, please feel free to get in touch with us. We adore any kind of pet and would be happy to provide you with some tips and information!