Yes it’s great to have them all dressed up as your ring bearer, flower girl or best man, but what goes into setting those arrangements up for the wedding day. What about potty breaks? Let’s get real, there are a few things to have in place for all of this to happen. I want to give you the facts behind making these memories a reality for your special day and, of course!, the photo opportunities that they should be a part of.
Here are my TOP 4 TIPS to Having your Pup be a part of your wedding day from a professional photographers opinion.
This can be a friend, family member, or their regular dog walker. You want an individual that is designated to this role. The worst part is too have too many people handing off your pup, not keeping track with their potty breaks, and then an accident happens. I always suggest your pupper come for your GETTING READY photos so they can be a part of it. Of course the CEREMONY. IN most cases they have a role in your wedding. Scheduling your photos with your pup BEFORE all the FORMAL PHOTOS with family or wedding party (whether it’s after or before the ceremony). That way there’s no fuss, your dog handler doesn’t need to wait around and they aren’t over stimulated from all the action of the day.
It’s great to have someone that isn’t scheduled to be in too many formal photos but who is able to come and go with your pup. That way there isn’t a demand on your dog handlers time but they are also available to hand the pupper over for photos.
These may sound obvious but it’s great to communicate a little bit of a schedule that the handler feels comfortable with. For example, you will see the beautiful sister of the groom below who had the responsibility to make sure Bernie got to the places he needed to be. Bernie was with the groom during the getting ready time and once it was time for the ceremony his sister took over and had Bernie for the rest of the time. Once Bernie went home his sister was able to join us again. AGAIN simple arrangements that can be made with no fuss.
Like you I am obsessed with my pup and would want her to have a starring role in my wedding. You will have seen these photos of pups walking down the aisle, pups as the flower girl, pups at the altar. No matter what title your pup will have the only piece of advice I would give you is to have them sit in the front nearby with their handler. Once their duties are done they are doing to want to be close to the two of you. Hey you’re “mom and dad” after all.
This will keep them busy and in one spot during the ceremony. And I haven’t met a pupper yet that hasn’t liked a chewy stick. The handler will sit with them, give them one of the chewy bones to keep them occupied and quiet, and done! It’s such a little detail that can really keep a high anxiety pupper calm and settled while watching mom and dad get married at the altar.
Personally, my style of photography is to very much have you forget I’m there so I can grab those candid moments that naturally happen. When there is a set time for the pupper to be there for photos I understand that time and a little planning might be required to grab the most desired shots. What I would suggest movement’s that make or great photos with your puppers:
You won’t regret it. In the end whatever happens will happen. Maybe your pupper starts barking in the middle of the ceremony, maybe your ceremony is outside and they take a potty break at the front….those are things that are going to make your wedding YOURS. But I have never ever heard someone regretting bringing their pup. There are so many ways to make it happen where everyone wins. I think that as long as you don’t wait last minute to make these arrangements you will be setting yourself up for success. There is nothing more important than your stress level and your pupper’s comfort for your wedding day. They’re a huge part of your family and they should be there if it’s possible to make it happen.
January 11, 2020
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