So your furbaby fell in love. That means it's time to throw them their very own a dog wedding so they can tie the knot! There are no set rules for how to plan dog weddings, but there are definitely some helpful tips and guidelines that will ensure the day is a success for you, your doggos, and your guests. Here's the best way to give your pups a "yappily ever after" and have a fur-rociously good wedding celebration!
Keep It Light
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Remember, this day should be all about fun. Keep it light, undemanding on your guests, and just focus on having fun. From eating the bouquets to pooping at the aisle, any number of things can "go wrong" at a dog wedding -- but they're pretty much all hilarious. So don't get discouraged if those perfect moments turn into something gross or goofy. Just enjoy the adorableness!
Potty & Exercise Before the Ceremony
Designate a time for the bride, groom, and guests to have a quick run, along with some poops and pees, before the ceremony. That will minimize the amount of disruption that could potentially occur during the big moment. Hey, now that we think about it, the two-legged guests might as well empty their bladders before the wedding too! And turn off those cell phones. This may be only a dog wedding, but a ringing cell phone is enough to put a damper on any celebration.
Choose the Right Officiant
Find the Perfect Dog Wedding Venue
For many dog weddings, the backyard of one of the dogs' homes makes the perfect venue. In-home venues, like decorated living rooms, can be great spaces as well -- so long as your guest list is light. That being said, regardless of what venue you choose, make it dog-friendly and make sure there's plenty of space! If you're thinking of having the wedding at a local park or public garden, beware of distractions like other dogs, animals, barbecues, or flying frisbees. Some folks even go so far as to rent traditional venues, like private event spaces and ballrooms, for especially extravagant four-legged nuptials.
Whether it's your own yard or a rented space, ensuring your venue is private is the best way to minimize distractions. In addition, making sure the dog wedding ceremony happens in a place both dogs are familiar with will keep both the bride and groom calmer and more focused.
Plan a Bark-Worthy Reception
Everyone knows the most fun part about weddings are the receptions, right? Dog weddings and receptions are no different! Plan a bark-worthy reception with fun for the pups in mind. After all, great as they are, we people get more out of dog weddings than the actual dogs do. But all that can change at the reception! Treat scavenger hunts, stick catches, swimming races, frisbee throws, obstacle courses, and tug-of-war are some fun ideas for your two and four-legged guests to have a blast after the ceremony.
Stay Loose With the Dress Code
To avoid asking your guests to spend money, stay loose with the dress code. If people's doggos can arrive in three-piece suits and elaborate dresses, fantastic! If they have to go "in the ruff" (ahem, buff), that should be okay too. Depending on your budget, you could always buy little doggie bows and bow ties, and distribute them to your furry guests as they arrive.
Leave Time for Breaks & Roll with the Punches
Groom the Bride and Groom
Hey, dogs deserve to look their best at their weddings too! Give the bride and groom a wash and trim before the wedding. You can even take them to the professional groomer. Just make sure they're all dried off before you put on the tuxedo and wedding dress! Which leads us to our next section...
Find the Perfect Dog Wedding Dress and Groom Outfit
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Big pet store retailers sell all kinds of pet attire. However, you can also buy custom wedding gowns, tuxes, bow ties, and other wedding outfits and accessories for dogs directly from artisans on websites like Etsy. Make sure you buy the right size for your dog's size and build, and keep your pooch's comfort in mind while you shop! For example, if you're planning a summer wedding, keep that into consideration before choosing an outfit that will make the dog too hot.
Make it Charitable
Sure, little Bella and Charlie could always use some new chew toys. But why not use their nuptials as a chance to do something charitable? Rather than asking guests for gifts, give them the option to donate to the local Humane Society, animal shelter, not-for-profit veterinary hospital, or SPCA branch. Donations can be made in guests' names or, in a fun twist, the names of the four-legged bride and groom!