Hey guys! Colorado is one of the most dog friendly places I have ever lived. I photograph so many weddings where the couple includes their pup(s) so I have some advice to share! Keep scrolling for my top 3 ways on how to include your dog on your wedding day.
Weddings can be a lot. It’s just the truth! If your pup does AMAZING with lots of people around, and away from you (since you’ll be busy getting married, socializing, and taking photos), then bring them! But if your doggo has separation anxiety or doesn’t listen to basic commands, you should totally save yourself the stress and honor them at your wedding while they’re relaxing at home. PRO TIP: Not all pets belong at a wedding! Engagement sessions are a great time to include them. Engagement sessions are a more intimate setting which can ensure more predictability for your pup. You can always use those photos as table markers or a variety of other wedding decor!
There are so many Colorado wedding venues that are outdoors. Like, I’m talking in the middle of the mountains or on ranches. With that, many of the owners of those venues are SO happy to let your pup roam. I had a couple who had 7 dogs (including three of mine–they insisted, it’s a long story lol) running around and having a blast at their ranch wedding! The pups were safe and free to do whatever, they cleaned up scraps during the reception, and just did their own thing. It was one of the coolest wedding I’ve ever been to! PRO TIP: If you’re inviting a small gang of pups, make sure they’re well behaved in large gatherings and ALL GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER.
There are sosososo many people who would literally LOVE to be an integral part of your day! Find someone your pup loves (& listens to) and ask them to be in charge of your doggo while you’re doing things like getting ready/ dressed, during the ceremony, or reception! Or ask someone to take your pup home from during the reception if your venue doesn’t allow dogs inside! Your pup will need food, water, and potty breaks and your friend could handle all of that for you. PRO TIP: Cocktail hour it the perfect time for your pup-sitter to sneak out to drop your dog off at your hotel or Air Bnb and arrive just in time for the reception!
Okay, friends! I hope those tips about how to include your dog on your wedding day were helpful! Holler if you want to brainstorm some more options!
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