I get it. Your dog is family.

It wouldn't be right without your beloved fur baby.

Here's some tips on how to successfully pull off a dog featured wedding.

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Have your dog feature in your wedding portrait/bridal party photos, family photos or even your engagement photo session. Bring treats to make it easier for your photographer to get your dogs attention. 

Tell your photographer before the day so they can plan ahead (and bring antihistamines).

2. Hire a dog sitter so your family doesn't have to worry

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."

Head over to gypseatails.com or @gypsea_tails on instagram to find out more.

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3. ring beareR DOG

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.

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Don’t just assume the wedding site you’re using allows pets. Many venues already have dogs or are home to precious native fauna so it's a good idea to make sure your dog is compatible. For your enjoyment and your dog's safety make sure you do your research. Here's a list of a few dog friendly venues in the southwest:

Solitaire Homestead

Wise Wine

Bunkers Beach House

Swings & Roundabouts

Black Brewing co

Rustico at Hay Shed Hill


Edith Valley

Old Broadwater Farm

5. Have Realistic Expectations of Your Dog’s Behavior and embrace the chaos

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.

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