To all my fellow dog and animal lovers out there who are getting married, are you bring your 4-legged best friend with you? As a photographer, we do hope so as we love dogs, animals and weddings too, so for us there is nothing better! There’s lots to think about so here are some ideas and tips we’ve picked up along the way to help you decide what is best for you, along with a few of our favourite images.
1. Will it work?
You know and love your dog so you’ll already know if it will be fun to include her/him or if they will
find it too stressful and tiring. Ask yourself, Is your dog trained (an obvious one but we don’t want any accidents while walking down the isle for example) and is it the right thing for them?
2. Don’t be sad if they can’t be with you…
…there are lots of other ways to include them into your day. For example we often do Engagement Photo Shoots where couples/families bring their pets and then use the images for guest books or signature frames.
3. Getting permission
Lets presume you’ve decide to bring along your number one pooch. First of all you need to seek permission from the Church or Registrar as well as the venue to see if they are doggie friendly.
Ask if there are any guidelines you need to follow.
4. Hurray! they’ve given the go ahead
The next thing is to designate the dog sitter, obviously someone you can trust, who will look after them all day. Someone who knows to bring wet wipes, plastic bags, treats, food and lots of water.
This is important as both you and your furry friend need to feel happy and relaxed on the day. There are dog groomers and sitters who will look after your No1 dog and bring them for the photos only.
5. The next step
Is to consider their role, would you like them to be the ring bearer, will they simply walk down the isle. (okay maybe “simply” is not the best word).
Would you like them just involved in the photo-shoot or to be their as a guest?
6. practise, practise, practise
If you would like your dog to walk down the isle. A practise run is highly recommended and if you can bring lots of friends too, to create a little atmosphere that will also help.
Remember on the day there will be lots of hustle and bustle.
7. Bring them along to the engagement shoot
It great for us photographers to get a feel for their personality, look etc and how they will perform on camera. (Nothing to do with the fact that we love dogs 🙂 )
We will then have a good idea of the kind of photos which will work best on your day.
8. If you can, bring them with you to the venue before the big day so they feel familiar will the surroundings.
9. Would you like your dog to wear an outfit?
There are lots of fun things you can do so your dog will be well presented. A nice groom would be good along with a bow tie, perhaps.
Again you know your dog and what’s best for them, it might be worth seeing how they feel in the outfit before the big day, as I know Lyta (our furry friend) just wouldn’t have it.
10. Maybe have a lead.
It’s advisable to have your dog on a leash as this will make guests feel at ease. Some people might have allergies or fears and we don’t want them running off on your special day.
A Bride and Groom calling out for their furry friend might not be ideal, although it might make for a great shot 🙂
One more! We also welcome horses too and have been known to capture donkeys, sheeps and cows too!
I hope you found this interested and has helped with your decision.
If have any questions or need any further information about our Dog Friendly Weddings do get in touch we would love to hear from you.
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