Doggie Dilemma

In case you didn’t already know, we have two Wire Fox Terriers and they are insanely cute. Need some evidence?


Need I say more?

So when we started planning the wedding, we naturally wanted to include our pups in one way or another. When we were looking at vineyards, this wasn’t much of a problem as most of it was outside, and for the indoor areas, they just wouldn’t be allowed.

When we ruled out the vineyards, we suddenly found it impossible to include our pups on that day. :(

So while we’re very sad about not including them, it does take a bit of stress away from the day since we won’t have to worry about someone watching them during the ceremony or hiring someone to take them home afterward. But just because I can’t include our dogs in our wedding doesn’t mean I can’t look at how other brides included their furry friends!

Here are some of my favorites:















I just love the idea of the dog getting his or her own little spotlight during the ceremony! I’m so sad that Wrigley and Zoe won’t be there, but I’m sure their tails will still be a-waggin’ when we get back home!

Will you be including your dogs in the ceremony or reception?


Mrs. Socks

Southern NJ/Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Date:
October 2010
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  1. cardigan Member
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:02 pm

    Love those photos! I really, really wish there was some way to include Ranger and Cullen, but I just don’t think it would work – the logistics are just too complicated. :(

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:13 pm

    i didn’t pin my hopes on including them, but it turned out that we could and i loved loved loved that they were there. your dogs are SO cute by the way.

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    MissSocksBMJess 36 posts, Newbee @ 3:16 pm

    I love the last one with the tie!!! lol. Zeus may not be MY dog (he’s my sister’s), but I love him so much, I hope to make him a part of my day, or at least the engagement party. And now he’s definitely going to get a tie. He’ll hate it. haha!

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    LGenz 5409 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:20 pm

    My boxer Artie is our ring bearer, I still have to figure out how to get him home after the cermony though.

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:22 pm

    your dogs are so cute! they are wonderful!!

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    Keeshond 5 posts, Newbee @ 3:27 pm

    I had the same dilemma. When I finally realized that it was important to just me that my dog Boomer be included, I just scaled things down.

    Boomer was part of our engagement pictures, which was much more casual and comfortable for him.

    We’ll be taking a couple of pictures with him at my parents house after the wedding ceremony on the way to the reception.

    I’ll get my pictures, he’ll be comfortable, and be pampered by our dog-sitter while the whole family and guests have an enjoyable time at the reception. Voila! Everyone is happy! :)

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    Amaryllis 3769 posts, Honey bee @ 3:32 pm

    Insanely cute! What kind of tempermants do they have?

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    april ziegler, Guest @ 3:34 pm

    You can always include them in your engagement photos! As a pet photog, I do tons of engagement sessions w/ pups included… they’re my favorite! :)

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    DizzyDaffodil 389 posts, Helper bee @ 3:37 pm

    Our crazy and fun yellow lab, Varsity, will be included in our wedding as the ring-dog!
    We’ve actually rented out a Bed & Breakfast for the entire weekend (wedding is at the pavillion the B&B built right next to the actual B&B) and he gets to come and stay with us so he’ll be at every wedding-related event and just chilling with our family during any down time playing board games and such!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:45 pm

    Our dogs will be our Flower Dog and Ring Dog. Granted, there will be no flowers, but Pantani is still the Flower Dog and Leo, the Ring Dog. They mean so much to the both of us that we have to have them. However, we are getting married outside and the cabins we’re renting are right across the street.

    Your dogs are super adorable, especially in the snow.

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    lobster 668 posts, Busy bee @ 3:49 pm

    I love your terriers!! They are so adorable. I would love to include our westie but alas maybe just for a few wedding pictures!

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    Miss Chapstick 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:57 pm

    We weren’t able to include our doggie because we had a DW and decided it would be boring/stressful for her, especially with all the travel/chaos.

    We decided to do a day-after, or for us, an “anniversary” shoot to include our dog. We’re doing it this September :)

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 4:03 pm

    love the tie!

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:09 pm

    These are great. Ours won’t be involved in the ceremony, but he will be making an appearance at the reception. He’ll be a blur in most of the photos he’s in, but every so often he strikes an adorable pose.

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    ssandy 102 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:18 pm

    These are so adorable! We’ve been thinking of include our yorkie at the wedding. We’ll have the ceremony in a castle which doesn’t allow any pets but the hotel where we’re going to stay in and have the reception is pet-friendly.

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    OttawaBride2011 4510 posts, Honey bee @ 4:30 pm

    I can never see too many pics of your doggies! So much terrier love here :)

    Anyways, are you getting ready at your place before the ceremony? I am hoping to get some pics with Leroy before the wedding!! Maybe you could include them that way?

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    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:35 pm

    @Amaryllis: Our terriers are VERY high energy and definitely not for a first-time owner. They’re independent, strong-willed, and highly intelligent which makes them bore very easily! If you get a wire fox, I’d recommend a male since females tend to be more high strung.
    @Miss Chapstick: Your anniversary shoot is such a cute idea! I’ve been thinking about doing a TTD session with them at a dog park after the wedding!
    @OttawaBride2011: We’ll be staying at a hotel the night before the wedding, so that might not work for us, but that’s a great way to include Leroy for you! I could look at pics of him forever too!

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    octopus 1439 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:34 pm

    Aaarrgghhh, we are STILL conflicted about what to do with Daffodil during the wedding week!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:38 pm

    Makes me miss my doggie, who is currently at the kennel while we’re at the beach :) I say do your own photoshoot with ’em!

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    Ms. E 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:55 pm

    I REALLY want to include our two pooches in our ceremony, but one of our dogs has a lot of fear issues and I’m afraid she’ll freak out being somewhere new, surrounded by tons of strangers. :(

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:08 pm

    I so love the idea of pets in weddings, but it’s true, it would be a lot of work! I’m sure you can come up with a different way of incorporating them, maybe use pictures of them at the reception somehow?

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    Amaryllis 3769 posts, Honey bee @ 9:31 pm

    @Miss Socks: Thanks! We presently have a black lab named Anna, and while I love her to bits, I am totally a small dog person, know what I mean? She loves to play and I keep telling FI she needs a friend, but he says little dogs don’t “do” anything. We probably won’t expand our family for a while yet, but it’s good information to file away!

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    TotallyPinkaholic 212 posts, Helper bee @ 10:00 pm

    Awww! your dogs are just the cutest! Is so sad that you can´t include them, all those pics look lovely!!

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    goodheart 151 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:06 pm

    oh my goodness your dogs look absolutely adorable!!! i just looked up wire fox rescues in indiana 😉

    we had our pup in the ceremony — she’s totally like our child (we do not want to have kids) so it was such a bonus that our venue allowed it! we had her stay with friends the day before and they brought her over just in time for pictures before the ceremony. she had an assigned “handler” during the ceremony — he had some deli meat in his pocket so she behaved perfectly! she barked just once and everyone cracked up – it was right during a reading about “exulting joy.” after the ceremony we had her up in our suite (we stayed at the venue) for a few hours until the crowd thinned out, and then we brought her downstairs to hang out. she’s a pretty well-trained dog and very, very social which definitely helped; i wouldn’t have dared to bring our foster dog who would have flipped out from all the people and noise.

    it was definitely a great thing for us, and we have wonderful pictures to boot — i’ll post as soon as i can figure out how to do it!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 10:12 pm

    Sooo cute!

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    el0624 205 posts, Helper bee @ 3:15 am

    Your dogs are awesome! There’s a wire haired fox terrier in my neighborhood that I’ve totally fallen in love with and now I want one.

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    Juliana, Guest @ 9:45 am

    I’m so sad by the same reason!
    My wedding will be in 2 days on civil and in 5 days will be the ceremony and party… I had my “baby girl” in december, but she is sooooooo impossible when have much people and foods… =(
    She’s the cutest thing ever, I love her, but I can’t have all I want… sad but true!

    Sorry my poor english

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    Bunnylove08 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:46 am

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