bride and groom kissing dog between them | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography | event planner : LK Events | florals : Fleur Inc | venue : City Winery Chicago
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17 Creative Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

bride and groom kissing dog between them | PartySlate

I owe my happy marriage of 23 years (and counting) to my dog Kirby. I met my husband-to-be at a park; he started playing fetch with Kirby before eventually wandering over to see if the pup was mine. Soon, we introduced Kirby to his dog, Max, and the two accompanied us on all kinds of adventures during our courtship.

Like me, it could be that your pup has been with you through all of your ups and downs, maybe even longer than your beloved has. It’s natural to want to include your other best friend in your celebration. The good news is that there are many creative ways to incorporate your dog into your wedding.

In fact, we’ve got 17 ideas for you, drawing inspiration from real dog-loving wedding couples. Read on for inspiration, then start planning your own unique wedding on PartySlate.

1. Pup in Print: Include Your Dog on Your Wedding Invitation

wedding invitation with gold foil dog image | PartySlate
photographer Sylvie Gil Photography | Amorology See More

2. Paws for Love: Let Fido Join You While You Get Ready

black dog standing on white bridal veil | PartySlate
photographer: RedSphere Studios See More
bride getting makeup and hair done with dog on lap | PartySlate
photographer: Sarah Libby Photography | The Fleuriste See More
dog on lap peering around owners back before wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Jewell Events Catering See More
one groom helping other put on tuxedo coat with dog watching | PartySlate
photographer: Jordan Voth Photography | Amazae Events See More

3. Dog Wedding Attire: Dress Your Canine to the Nines

black dog and white dog on leashes being held by bride | PartySlate
photographer: Amy & Stuart Photography | Simply Natural Events See More
fluffy white dog wearing three strands of pearls for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | Whitney Carillon Events See More
two long haired brown dogs wearing bride and groom costumes | PartySlate
photographer: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design See More
three light brown dogs wearing tutus and flowers at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design See More
labrador retriever wearing black bow tie for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Cheers Babe Photo See More

4. Doggie Décor: Flank Your Fluffy Friend in Florals

golden retriever with floral crown | PartySlate
photographer: Kathleen Geiberger Art | Michelle Garibay Events See More
golden retriever wearing collar of flowers for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Studio This Is | Arlen Music Productions See More
white dog wearing floral collar and prancing in front of bride | PartySlate
photographer: John Cain Photography | Allday Events See More
cocker spaniel wearing floral collar for wedding | PartySlate
photographer Natalie Barrett | Julian Leaver Events See More
labrador retriever wearing flower collar for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: James & Jess Photography | Chandon See More
photographer: Freire Wedding Photo See More

5. Something Old & New: Honor Your Hound in Your Wedding Traditions

photographer: Terri Baskin Photography | DESIGNED PERFECTLY EVENTS See More
south asian wedding mehndi henna with dog picture | PartySlate
photographer: Sweet Caribbean | JC Castillo Weddings See More

6. Smooch Your Pooch: Kiss Your Four-Legged Family

bride and groom kissing dog between them | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography See More
couple holding dog licking bride's face | PartySlate
photographer: Anastasiia Photography | Kelly McWilliams Celebrations Weddings & Parties See More
bride and groom kissing while holding dog on leash | PartySlate
photographer: TNK Photo | Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows See More

7. Four Legs Are Twice as Cute: Let Your Pup Walk Down Aisle

man in tuxedo walking dog down aisle at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie | NSWE Events See More
woman in blue dress walking dog down dress wedding aisle | PartySlate
photographer: Carina Photographics See More
fancy white wagon holding white dogs in wedding aisle | PartySlate
photographer: Pharris Photography See More
brown labrador retriever with ribbons and flowers for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie | NSWE Events See More
black labrador retriever walking down wood wedding aisle | PartySlate
photographer: M2 Photography | Sage Catering See More

8. Bow Wows & Vows: Invite Your Pup to the Altar

bride and groom holding dog with floral leash for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Sylvie Gil Photography | Amorology See More
bride holding dog in arms at altar with groom | PartySlate
photographer: Peter Gubernat | Yanni Design Studio See More

9. Picture-Perfect Pup: Strike a Pose With Your Fur Family

bride and groom posing with two dogs on leashes | PartySlate
photographer: Sarah Libby Photography | The Fleuriste See More
bride and groom posing on cement stairs with dog | PartySlate
photographer: Jenny Martell Photography | Posh Floral Designs See More
two grooms in tuxedos pose with two dogs on leashes | PartySlate
photographer: Jordan Voth Photography | Amazae Events See More

10. Sit, Stay: Feature Your Dog on Seating Signage

wedding sign with drawings of four dogs | PartySlate
photographer: Playful Soul Photography | Jillian Nicole Events See More
wedding sign with two dogs tugging a rope with a knot | PartySlate
photographer: Cristina G Photography | J&L Catering See More

11. Worth a Thousand Woofs: Include Your Dog’s Image at Your Reception

cutout of photo of black lab dog at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Rachael McCall | Michelle Garibay Events See More
ice sculpture of dog at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design | Great Events See More

12. A Different Kind of Tail: Let Your Pup Inspire Custom Cocktails

wedding cocktail menu sign with drawings of two dogs | PartySlate
photographer: Vivienne Tyler Photography | InterContinental San Diego See More
drawing of black dog wearing sombrero at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Rachael McCall | Michelle Garibay Events See More
wedding couple holding dog in front of signature cocktail sign | Partyslate
photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | Whitney Carillon Events See More
white dog ceramic next to wedding cocktail menu with black down drawing | PartySlate
photographer: Pixel That! Photography | Sugar Branch Events See More
two wedding cocktail menus with drawings of dogs | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead See More
wedding cocktail menu featuring dog drawing | PartySlate
photographer: Kent Drake Photography See More
two framed wedding cocktail menus with dog drawings | PartySlate
photographer: Chris Bailey Photography | Ann Whittington Events See More
drawing of dog with word mango on cocktail tray | PartySlate
photographer: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design See More

13. Treat Time: Put a Smile on Your Guests’ Faces With Dog-Inspired Nibbles

iced cookies decorated like white dogs at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Danielle Dolan | Loft Lucia See More
target brand dog created in latte foam at event | PartySlate
photographer: Playful Soul Photography | Jillian Nicole Events See More
sandwich cookie with icing pawprint on top at wedding | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & event planner: Amy Zaroff Events + Design See More

14. Pup Pastry: Recreate Fido in Frosting

dark chocolate wedding cake with gold filigree and dog figure peeping out | PartySlate
photographer: Dana Fernandez Photography | Christina Leigh Events See More
white wedding cake with dog figure standing on tier | PartySlate
photographer: Kathleen Geiberger Art | Michelle Garibay Events See More
white wedding cake with each layer featuring a drawing of an animal face | PartySlate
photographer: Cristina G Photography | J&L Catering See More
white wedding cake with dog face peeking out from icing | PartySlate
photographer: Maui Chasing Skills | The Metropolitan See More

15. Cake Ornamentation: Consider a Dogger Topper

wedding cake topper with ceramic dogs wearing bride and groom outfits | PartySlate
photographer: Peter Gubernat | Yanni Design Studio See More
naked wedding cake with gold bride, groom, and dog topper | PartySlate
photographer: Terri Baskin Photography | DESIGNED PERFECTLY EVENTS See More
rice crispy treat wedding cake with dog photo toppers | PartySlate
photographer: Take 5 Photography | Blooms by the Box See More

16. Doggie Dance: Invite Your Pup to the Floor

bride on dance floor with dog surrounded by guests | PartySlate
photographer: Cristina G Photography | J&L Catering See More

17. If You’re Going, I’m Going: Include Your Pup in Your Sweet Goodbye

dog in moto sidecar at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Tess Ann Photography | Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harbourside Place See More
bride and groom walking away from wedding with dog | PartySlate
photographer: TNK Photo | Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows See More

17. Doggie Donation: Do Rescue Pups a Favor With Your Favor

greenery in shape of dog next to sign about wedding party favors | PartySlate
photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | Whitney Carillon Events See More

And an Honorable Mention to Our Feline Friends…

wedding flower girl carrying cat down the aisle | PartySlate
photographer: Cristina G Photography | J&L Catering See More
wedding cocktail menu with drawings of cats on it | PartySlate
photographer: Sarah Brookhart Photography | SRS Events See More

People Also Ask…

Should I include my dog in my wedding?

The ideas above offer ways to include your dog, both in person and in spirit. If you’d really like to have your dog present at your wedding, there are are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Does my venue allow pets?
  • Do I have someone who can watch my dog at the event?
  • Will my dog be comfortable in a new environment with a large group of people?
  • Where will my dog go at the end of the evening? If to your hotel, do they allow pets?

You will also need to plan for your dog’s meal and make sure there’s a place for your dog to, well, conduct business. Having your dog present will no doubt bring lots of smiles to your special day, but it also brings complications. Work with your skilled event planner to sidestep potential issues.

If the list above feels overwhelming, but you still want to honor your pup at your wedding, there are many ways to do so (see above), from signage or napkins with your dog’s picture to a signature cocktail that’ll have your guests saying Fido’s name all night long.