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Best Ways to Include Your Dog IN your Wedding Journey

McKinley Monument Park Engagement Session with Dog

You and your fiance are obsessed with your sweet pup. Basically, it's your child. And you are wanting to include your him/her in as much as the wedding as you possibly can. You are in the right place! I have had the pleasure of capturing over a 100 weddings in over 6 years and most of my couples are the exact same way. And I'm blown away by how creative couples are! Here are ideas of to include your dog in your wedding journey.

Your Engagement Session

If your venue does or doesn’t allow dogs on the property and your sweet puppy has a very special place in your heart. Having your pup in your engagement session photos is such a beautiful way to include your dog in your wedding journey. You get to enjoy each others company AND get some gorgeous candid photos. Don’t forget to bring a friend. That way they can help keep your sweet pup entertained while we get some photos of the two of you. Cause if your pup isn’t entertained that little one is gonna want to be near his/her parents all the time. And that’s not leaving a whole lot of time for the two of you.

Classy Black and White Engagement Session at McKinley Monument in Canton Ohio
Spring Engagement at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster Ohio

special honor of Flower dog, ring dog, or best dog

Whether it be with a flower wreath or a cute attached ring pillow to the collar. Leading down leashed or free to run or walk down the aisle saying hi to everyone. But also like the engagement session I would dedicate someone or hire someone. That way they can take the pup and take care of the pup while you are enjoying your special day and not caring for a dog.

Rust and Greenery The Whetstone Louisville, OH Wedding
Rust and Greenery The Whetstone Louisville, OH Wedding

Dog treats for other pups

There are venues out there with a strict no animal rules. And that’s ok, there are ways to incorporate your fur babies in the wedding. Dog treats for other dogs and cute custom napkins are a sweet way to say ‘Hi there I’m here and my parents are married.’

Dog Treats and Napkins
Dog Treats and Napkins

signature cocktail fur baby signs

Just like this one! Cocktail signature drinks are such a fun way to incorporate into your wedding to add that beautiful detail of your pups. I've also seen centerpieces that incorporated a couples life. And a couple of them included their fur babies. Whether it be about their dog. Or even their cat. And you can get custom little dog figurine and place it on your cake where it looks like it's eating a part of your cake. It's literally the cutest thing.

Cocktail sign and dog figurine on cake

Never be afraid to make it your own. And I hope you can take away something from these tips of best ways to include your dog in your wedding journey. If you wanna see more check out other tips I’ve shared.

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