We get the question all the time: can we bring our dog for our wedding? Of course, our answer is always a resounding yes! We know how much your fur babies mean to you. For many couples, getting a pet is the first step on the road to forever. It makes sense that you would want to include your pets in your big day. Whether they’re physically at the venue for the wedding or hold an honorary position on your favors, we love seeing all the creative things you come up with. Let’s explore some of the special animals we’ve seen both at The Lodge and our sister venue!
If you have dogs, the most obvious way to include them in your wedding is to have them walk down the aisle! Some people get custom outfits, while others purchase festive collars, such as bow ties or flower collars. I choose to believe these make them feel special, and having them walk down the aisle gives them a significant place of importance. If your pup is well trained, he or she can be your ring bearer. However, if the idea of tying such precious cargo to an animal makes you nervous, you can always do what I did. At my own wedding in 2017, my sweet Oscar walked down the aisle with my future husband. When my dad and I reached the altar, he exchanged Oscar for his bride. That’s a fair trade, right? We thought so! Of course, we got Oscar back after the ceremony for the best family portraits ever!
Having the fur baby present at the wedding may not be possible for everyone. There are still several ways you can include your pets in your big day. One of our recent couples added a sweet picture of their dog, Gizmo, to personalized koozies and gave them out as wedding favors. We’ve also seen cookie favors in the shape of people’s pets, one of our personal favorites! And for all the cat moms and dads out there, a couple at our sister venue was especially creative in naming their signature cocktails after their kitties. The custom artwork only adds to the sweetness!
We believe all weddings should reflect a couple’s journey and who they are. Including your pets in your big day is a great way to show your friends and family what’s important to you. Send us your favorite tips and tricks for including those sweet fur babies in the wedding here!