We LOVE dogs and so we completely understand that you want your dog involved at such an important time. But with the saying ‘never work with animals or children’ ringing in your ears, it’s easy to get dissuaded from including your canine buddy. We have a lot of dogs involved in our weddings at The Farm Cafe, and we have a dastardly plan to get that to happen even more (seriously, look at that little guy and his bow tie!), so we've put together some tips that help make it easy.
1. If you’re unsure of how your pup will manage with all the excitement, start taking her to as many events as possible. This way, you can reinforce any training, and see the effect of big crowds on her behaviour.
2. Talk to your venue early on about including your pooch so that it's part of the planning from the start. Make sure the venues you are considering are appropriate. An outdoor venue, for example, means things will be a lot easier if you’re not worrying about moulting hair (or worse) on the carpet.
3. Invest in some specific training as soon as possible; a good trainer can teach you as much as the dog (!), so you want go give both of you time to learn.
4. Consider asking someone you trust, and who knows your dog, to be responsible for him during and after the ceremony. Obviously its probably best that you're not distracted by Fido's antics while you’re saying your vows.
5. Its a good idea to have a doggy babysitter lined up who can pick up your pup as the evening wears on. A long dinner, speeches and dancing probably aren’t a dog's idea of fun, so either have someone ready to come and get him back to his own bed, or ask the venue if there is a cosy nook where he can rest.
6. Another option is to orgainse someone to bring your dog along just for your photos. Whether before or after your ceremony. Photos can be a lovely quiet moment to spend with your nearest and dearest, especially the furry kind. Your dog will probably appreciate spending time with you when its quieter and she doesn’t have to share you with a crowd.
7. You know your dog better than anyone. When it comes to weddings, everyone’s got an opinion. As with most things, its really important you do what feels right based on how you think your dog will manage being a part of your wedding, and how important it is to you to have him involved, rather than getting overwhelmed by other people’s opinions.
8. (Bonus Tip!) We love dogs - in case you can't tell! - so if you tell us you want to have your dog involved we'll probably do a crazy dance of joy and do everything we can to make it super fun and relaxed for you and your dog.