Children vs. Dogs

We’ve all seen those photos of sweet little pink-cheeked children looking oh-so angelic at weddings, with their mussed up curls and their cute little dresses. Seriously, who doesn’t love a little boy in a tiny suit?:





Aww, adorable, right? Right. But sometimes there is a distinct chance that children might not enjoy an otherwise adult affair.

Although we won’t be having kids at (or in) our wedding, we WILL have our 3 dogs there. Yup, you heard right. No kids, just dogs. Our dogs are like our children, so we couldn’t imagine having a wedding without them there. It might sound a little backwards, but at the end of the day, it is our wedding. And come on, how can you say no to this?


Scout (3 months), Sophie (2 years), Spade (1 year)

I’m such a proud mama! Sophie will be our flower girl, and Spade will be the ring bearer. I’ll be back to show you what I made for Sophie and Spade to wear at the wedding! With Scout being the newest addition, I’m not sure what his “official job title” (hehe) will be at the wedding. Any suggestions?

Did you do anything at your wedding that other people may find “questionable” but was very “you”? Did you get any negative comments, and if so, how did you deal?


Mrs. Rainbow

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    Rebecca Kim, Guest @ 12:28 pm

    your dogs are so CUTE!!! what kind are they? I’m trying to convince my fiancee to let me get one after we’re married!

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    bennie 62 posts, Worker bee @ 12:29 pm

    absolutely adorable pups !! what breed are they?

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    MissHelen 2440 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:31 pm

    How about for Scout: “Awesome Pup”. For he is sooooooooooooooooo adorable!

    We’re not going to have a flower girl or a ring bearer, (which is potentially causing drama with my sister and her kids….) but we are thinking of having FI’s service dog act in one capacity or another, maybe by sewing special pockets into her “wedding cape”.

    Incidentally, I’m DYING to see what you put your pups in!

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    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:39 pm

    Adorable! I would love to use our dog, but she gets kinda excited when she hasn’t seen one of us in a while & jumps…yeah..that’s what I need her to do to my dress :)

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    TravelBug 68 posts, Worker bee @ 12:42 pm

    Oh I LOVE them… are they Malteses?

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    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:44 pm

    Your dogs are adorable. Seriously, there will always be haters out there–you just gotta do what you know is right for you!!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:44 pm

    they are so cute! ahh, i almost want one. lol

    as far as the negative comments, i’d take it with a grain of salt. essentially this is your party so you get to pick the guest list. that’s it. people need to understand that they can’t be invited to everything.

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    jmc 882 posts, Busy bee @ 12:51 pm

    Poop jokes, gay rights, no kids, yes dogs? You’re REALLY my kind of girl!

    I really like the bowties or regular ties they make for dogs. The link below has one example, but you can probably find better (or less Christmasy).,1692.html

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    CrstnBeach 94 posts, Worker bee @ 12:53 pm

    They look like Maltese! I had three growing up and they were so much a part of the family. One of the best parts… they don’t shed! As someone who is allergic to all things shedding (including guinnea pigs, just ask my fourth grade class – horror), I have issues with people who include their shedding animals while clothes shopping or at outdoor restaurants (I live in New York), but this is YOUR wedding! People who are there to support your decision to marry should accept that the pups are a part of your life together.

    Sidenote – neither of my venues would allow animals and I think its great that you’ve found a place to incorporate them…. makes the location all the more you!

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:57 pm

    we had children and dogs – we have all little girls in family, and our dogs are boys. Crisis averted! Brutus and bubba were our ring bearers. At first we got the stink eye, but at the wedding everyones hearts melted. Brutus stole my bouquet, the photog got an AMAZING photo! They didnt wear outfits, just bowties 😉

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    redherring 1815 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:11 pm

    I’m doing a number of somewhat nontraditional things on my wedding day. Each time I come up with a new inspiration, I try to consider whether it will actually *offend* any of my guests, or if they’ll just find it a little odd. Depending on where it falls on that spectrum, I carefully weigh how much the idea means to me. But if it’s worth it, and my fiance is on board, then it’s full steam ahead. Anyone who wants to make snide comments will be ignored, because I’ve already determined the value of that particular idea.

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    redherring 1815 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:11 pm

    Oh, and your dogs are adorable :) If my cat weren’t so darn ornery, I’d totally try to include her on our (completely and totally childfree) day.

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:16 pm

    oh my goodness, such a adorable pups! They are so sweet!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:17 pm

    Your dogs are so adorable! :) Look at those faces! :) We’d love to have our dogs participate, but it’s not an option for us, sadly. I’m sure they’ll do great!

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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 1:23 pm

    these are the cutest dogs in the known universe.

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    Sage 728 posts, Busy bee @ 1:41 pm

    We’ll have our dogs there too – two pit bulls! His mom is still trying to talk us out of it, but how can we unite our lives without our girls there?!? :)

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    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 2:03 pm

    Oh my gosh I want to steal your babies they are soooo cute! Although our little fluff won’t be participating because the church said no she will be in the hotel with me the night before and while I am getting ready!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:24 pm

    oh my gosh your puppies are so cute!!! And their names fit them perfectly! Can’t wait to see their outfits!

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    corgitales 11391 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:41 pm

    That is awesome!!! I am really hoping we are able to have my dog in my wedding. I may be a little obsessed with him… heh (note, my name).

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    DollyLava 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:01 pm

    My friend had her lab as her ring bearer. One of the groomsmen walked him up the aisle. I think it worked because the ceremony was outside. I would be too nervous about the dog making a mess inside.

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    tbk041710 217 posts, Helper bee @ 3:07 pm

    They are so cute! We wanted to have our “baby” (a 40 lb coon hound) as our ring bearer, and put him in a dog suit. But, if he had messed anything up we would have be liable. So, we changed our minds. :( Now we aren’t having a ring bearer at all.

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:10 pm

    We got my neighbor to bring our Great Dane to the park for some great photo ops :) As much as he is a very well behaved young man (he’s 4) I didn’t want to risk anything – a 120lb dog could do a lot of damage in a very short amount of time.

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:29 pm

    Aww. Your babies are so precious!
    *sigh* I wish I could have my kitty there.

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    Anne, Guest @ 4:31 pm

    The maltese are adorable and would make wonderful additions to a wedding party! I would have a problem though attending a wedding with 2 pit bulls as one bride mentioned she is having. As a pediatrician who has seen multiple children injured and mauled by dogs I can say without reservation that no matter how wonderful your pit bulls are with you, they cannot be trusted with children. I’ve never seen a child injured by a maltese or a pug. Pit bulls, akitas, dobermens-yes. Some breeds are just not trustworthy and the pit bull is high on that list. If you are having any children at your wedding I strongly urge you to reconsider having your dogs there.

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:35 pm

    @Rebecca Kim: Thank you! I’m such a proud mommy! They are maltipoo, maltipoo, maltese (respectively). The little one of the left, Scout, is Sophie and Spade’s baby. Thankfully, Sophie and Spade are now fixed :)

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    RAllise 498 posts, Helper bee @ 10:37 pm

    So jealous…would LOVE to include my two pups but the venue will not allow. I am so about having the dogs and not the children at the wedding as well. cannot wait to see your pics of them all dressed up. They are already adorable but now they will be more so!

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:45 pm

    You KNOW I have a soft spot for dogs, so I’m loving this post! CUTE CUTE CUTE! I wish we could have our dogs but I’m afraid they’d be worse than small children.

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:47 pm

    your babies are adorable!! just stick to what you want! there’s always someone that will not like it, but hey!! that’s your decision to make!!

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    jrw0088 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:59 am

    I love your pups, they are precious! Can’t wait to see what you made for them to wear.

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    nvybaby82 306 posts, Helper bee @ 9:30 am

    OMG we have the same yellow and grey pillows in our bedroom… :-) nice choice! Your pups are ADORABLE! I so wish we could’ve had ours in the wedding… :-(

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 11:38 am

    Those fur babies are so cute! And I totally love boys in tiny suits.

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:53 am

    Those dogs are too cute not to include in the wedding! FI and I both have very old dogs that will just be older come the wedding … so no luck for us … but I’ve always thought it was awesome when people included their pets in the wedding!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 pm

    Holy Moly your doggies are CUTE!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:13 pm

    OMG Scout is the cutest thing EVER! I don’t usually like small dogs, but he’s adoooooorable!

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