Your dog is a member of the family so it wouldn't be your special day without them! Check out these plan ahead tips and adorable ways our happy couples have included their four-legged friends in the festivities. 

Plan Ahead

First, it's a good idea to plan ahead. Make sure your venue allows pets, also make sure they have accommodations so your dog can retreat from the crowds and avoid any extreme weather like high temps or rain, a bridal suite is usually a great place for your pup to take a break. 

Secondly, assign a friend or family member familiar to your dog to care for him during the day. You will be so busy from beginning to end and you don't want to have to worry about filling up water bowls or taking him for walks. If you have room in the budget, consider hiring a professional pet sitter for the day. They will care for Fido during the day and escort him home in the evening. 

Lastly, give your photographer a heads up. You want to make sure your photographer is ready for all the spontaneous moments that are common with pets. And it gives the photographer an opportunity to plan some fun photo ideas for portraits.  

Man's Best Friend

If your dog really is man's best friend then why not have him escort the groom down the aisle.  

Doggie Ring Bearer

Put your pup in a little red wagon and a bow tie, how can you go wrong! Having your dog carry the rings is a great way to include him in the ceremony, especially if his personality is mellow, he'll love kicking back in a cushioned wagon. 

Flower Girl Escort

This little Chihuahua is the perfect size pup to escort the flower girl and ring bearer down the aisle. 

Don't Forget the Portraits

When you create your shot list for your photographer, be sure to include your four-legged friend on the list so he doesn't get forgotten. You'll definitely want a formal portrait with your dog to hang on the wall.