Dog Friendly Weddings
It’s not a surprise that many couples plan to include their dogs in their weddings. Us Brits are renowned for loving our pets, sometimes a little too much! The bonus of having tipis or sailcloth for your celebration is they are the perfect match for dog friendly weddings.
As adorable and cute as it could be involving your dog in your big day, there are a few precautions you need to take in order to keep them safe and happy during what could potentially be a very busy environment.
1. Does your dog have what it takes?
Weddings can be overwhelming for dogs that do not adapt well to new environments or are uncomfortable around strangers. Be sure that your dog is sociable and friendly and that they can cope with the extra attention they are likely to receive.
2. Plan what part of the day you would like your dog to attend.
Try to only involve your dog in the least overwhelming parts of the day, such as the ceremony. Receptions tend to be very busy and its not ideal to have a dog around at times when food is being served.
3. Designate a handler.
You will most definitely need to plan who will look after your dog throughout the ceremony and who will be responsible for collecting and returning them on the day. This will take the pressure off of yourself as you will be comfortable in knowing they are in safe hands. This will also relieve any stress on your dog, as well as be putting your guest’s minds at ease.
4. Are you prepared for the potential mess?
Depending on the size of your dog there may be mess involved, i.e. toilet habits, as well as dogs wanting to roll in mud and jump up guests excitedly.
Still have your heart set on your dog attending your wedding?
At Sami Tipi we have welcomed many dogs into a tipi wedding and it has been a lovely experience each time. Due to a tipi wedding initially being located outdoors you have the creativity and versatility in ensuring both yourself, your guests and your dog are comfortable in their surroundings.
Depending on your wedding venue, it may be difficult to arrange to have your dog with you on your wedding day. Therefore if this is something you are potentially planning, a tipi wedding would definitely work for you.
Ice cream and Daycare
Doggy ice cream is becoming more and more popular and could be a great way to include an extra special touch to keep your dog happy throughout your celebration. If you are planning on having ice cream for your celebration, why not include some dog friendly ice cream too. Jenni and Ice Cream have recently added dog friendly ice cream to their offerings.
Hurley’s Grooming Salon offer wedding day doggy daycare, as well as flowers for your favourite pooches.
Dogs at Weddings
Here are some of our favourite weddings where dogs have been the VIP guest;