Don’t assume that you, your soon-to-be spouse, parents, or photographer can handle your pooch.
Here's some advice from local dog sitter Taz from Gypsea Tails:
"Don't ask a family member or friend to be the one to take care of your dogs at your wedding. Your Dogs are not their priority. Your friends & family members are there to celebrate you.
Dogs are like children. They need constant attention, treats, reassurance & toilet breaks.
We'll be there, with a bag full of treats, fresh water & reassuring cuddles to help them through the day.
Put your Dog, your most loyal companions needs on par with your own. The bride has her maid of honor and the groom has his best man. Your dog deserves a similar support system if they're going to be part of your wedding.
Make space in your wedding budget to include your Dog as they have earnt it…
We'll be there to make them feel equally as special as you deserve to feel too."
Make your dog the ring bearer. Have your dog walk down the aisle with the flower girl, page boy, bridesmaid, or even the bride. Your dog needs to be trained and well behaved to pull this off. it’s probably a good idea to do a practice run before the day. The Groom can have a treat or a favourite toy so the dog knows where to go.
If your dog struggles with socialization, gets anxious in crowded situations, it's important to set realistic expectations to avoid disappointment for both you and your dog.
No need to worry. If you follow these tips you’ll give you and your dog the best chance at a successful day. And if your dog causes a bit of chaos, embrace it. I’m sure it will make a great story that will be remembered in years to come.