Dog Weddings are Fanciful and Fun

From tiaras to top hats, dog weddings are all the rage. So how do you pull off this canine gala?


Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Why: Dog weddings are fun and creative. It’s a reason to dress your little dogs up and have a party.
  • Who: If your little dog is particularly fond of your friend’s dog that’s great, but it can be an arranged marriage and be quite successful.
  • Who should attend: Any friends or relatives that are socialized (we mean dogs and people).
  • Who officiates: Anyone, since it’s not a legal ceremony.
  • When: Spring is classic and especially great for dogs. It’s not too cold or too hot. In the winter you don’t want to put a coat over your little girl’s gown. The summer makes for “tongue hanging out” panting-not a pretty bride.
  • Where: Some hotels and banquet rooms allow dog ceremonies. Some beaches allow dogs and some parks as well. Dog parks are perfect and great if you’re in a budget. Of course there’s always at home, if you have the room.
  • How: First comes the invitations. If money is no object send fancy engraved invitations. If this is a casual affair or one on a budget… emails or postcards are fine.
  • Picking out the wedding clothes: There are plenty of boutiques that carry doggie wedding attire such as gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils, cummerbunds and tuxes. You could sew all of these yourself. For a beach wedding the dogs could just wear leis.
  • Write the vows and say them for your pups. The officiant has free reign to say whatever you like, as well.
  • If money is no object, hire a professional pet photographer for the whole affair. If you want to save a few bucks, take some pictures yourself. Include black and white photos, they are classic and timeless.
  • Food: There are lots of gourmet doggie bakeries. They will even make a doggie wedding cake. A cheaper version would be a homemade cake. Or you could just serve some yummy dog treats. You could stack them in tiers like a cake. Make sure there’s plenty of water for your guests. Oh yeah, you could serve treats and beverages for the human guests too.

Some people may say it won’t last, but who cares, the dog wedding was a blast!

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