Is Junior Mink Destined to Be a Wedding Dog?

If you’re a dog person, you probably understand why some couples have their dogs in their weddings. The relationship between a dog and owner is about unconditional love, companionship, and dependability.

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From Snippet & Ink / Photo by Joe Mikos Photographers

There was a time when I didn’t understand why people were so crazy for dogs. I thought the idea of having a dog in a wedding was downright strange. When Junior Mink came into my life four years ago, everything changed. Part of me wanted him in our wedding, but part of me worried about having him there.

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From Style Me Pretty / Photo by Jennifer Bullock Photography

Here are some of the reasons we wanted Junior Mink at our wedding:

  • We’d have someone at our wedding who spends more time with us and knows us better than most (pardon the anthropomorphism).
  • He goes with us everywhere, so it makes sense for him to be with us at our wedding.
  • He would probably be the most well behaved guest.
  • The photo opportunities would be charming since he’s a pro at posing for the camera.
  • All of our friends love him…even the one person we know who doesn’t like dogs.
  • He loves children and it’s always heartwarming to see him play with our niece and nephews.

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From Southern Weddings / Photo by 13:13 Photography

Of course, there are some drawbacks:

  • Junior Mink might be bored at a wedding.
  • We’ll have to have a handler we totally trust to take care of him.
  • Our venue is happy to have dogs on the property, but they can’t be inside the reception room, so excessive rain or heat would be a problem.
  • The handler would miss some of the wedding to take Junior Mink home after the ceremony.
  • We love him so much, we might be distracted from spending time with our guests.
  • Someone might be allergic to dogs, but we can’t think of anyone on our guest list who might be.

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Image from Jodi Miller Photography

I’ve been collecting pictures of dogs at weddings for months. I find them totally charming, but I’m not sure Junior Mink’s destined to come to our wedding.

Where do you stand on the wedding-dog issue?

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Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    Lexy 404 posts, Helper bee @ 11:29 am

    I would LOOOOVE to have our bulldog in our wedding (he looks a lot like the one on the left in the first picture). But our venue won’t allow them indoors (understandable) and January in Oregon is no time for an outdoor wedding.

    I’m considering having him come down for pictures since our house is less than a mile away it would be totally easy. However bulldog are really messy and we’re horrible about letting him jump on us, I just keep getting visions of muddy paws on my wedding dress… Agh!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:32 am

    @Lexy: I’ve seen people incorporate pictures or silhouettes of their dogs into their decor, so I guess that’s an option…but I bet your pup is your baby, like mine is. It’s not the same as having him there!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:32 am

    Ahhh! I literally just wrote about having my puppies at the wedding the other day! I absolutely love the idea of having pets involved. If you can figure out the logistics of having someone you trust watch him throughout the day, I think you should do it! (And I’ll live vicariously through you.) ;)

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    78h2o 1706 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:33 am

    We brought our pup from MD to OR to be in our wedding and it was great. I am so happy that we chose to include her. In the stressful days leading up to the wedding, it was wonderful to have her there. We hired a college student/dog walker to be her handler for the night. The hotel let our pup stay in the bridal suite where we all got ready, so the handler brought her homework and hung out with our pup the whole night. Our pup walked down the aisle (with one of the little boys who we dubbed “dog escort”) and then greeted us after the ceremony. The handler followed us all around town while we took photos during the cocktail hour so that we could include the pup in a shot whenever we wanted. We went and visited her during the reception and took her out for a few photos in the photobooth, etc. It worked out great.

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    elk 320 posts, Helper bee @ 11:35 am

    haha my dog post is coming very soon! we may be scarily similar Miss Mink!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:36 am

    @Miss Hawk: Aw, does your venue not allow it? Bummer!

    @78h2o: I LOVE it! I didn’t think to hire a dog walker. I considered a dog sitter…but I bet a dog walker would be really easy to find!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:36 am

    @Miss Elk: Hm. Is Junior Elk a golden retriever?!? :)

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    aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:43 am

    Maybe you could just have someone bring him for pictures? That way he could be a part of the day without creating too many logistical issues.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:44 am

    I really hope you incorporate Junior Mink, it would be so adorable! I love your inspiration pictures!

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    jeffandjen2011 79 posts, Worker bee @ 11:45 am

    You should incorporate Jr. Mink somehow. We have 4 dogs; 2 Bostons and 2 Chihuahuas. One of the Chihuahuas I have had for 6 years, and she is my baby. Initially, I wanted to carry her down the aisle, instead of flowers….but, EVERYONE told me not to. I wish I had listened to myself and done it. We’ve been married 6 months, and I still think about it. :( If YOU want to have your dog in the wedding, do it. It’s your day, and, it’s little things like having him there, that may seem weird to guests, but, completely comfortable to you. If it brings happiness and smiles to you and your future husband, then do it. You won’t regret it!

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    PinkMagnolia 3442 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:47 am

    My dog got ready with us and was in the pictures beforehand. My venue was all indoors so she wasn’t allowed at the actual wedding or reception. This might be a compromise?

    The pictures were fantastic!

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    78h2o 1706 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:57 am

    @Miss Mink: I was prepared to pay more, but I asked the dog walker how much she wanted and she said $50 to help with the dog from 2-9. I think with a tip we gave her $70. Money well spent.

    Here is a photo of my pup kissing my nose right after the ceremony: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/rfrutch/haileykiss-1.jpg
    And one of her in the photobooth:
    http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/rfrutch/pbkiss.jpg

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    Lexy 404 posts, Helper bee @ 12:00 pm

    @Miss Mink: yes… I was just thinking that I could put pictures of him on the tables so that everyone can admire my baby… but I just can’t picture it working. Maybe a picture of him at our sweetheart table… or in the programs… something.

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    Danawatson210 35 posts, Newbee @ 12:11 pm

    I really wanted my dog to be at my wedding but the venue said no. I’m going to get some pics with him at home before we leave though.

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    Danawatson210 35 posts, Newbee @ 12:12 pm

    @jeffandjen2011: Wow that is a great idea!

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    Crabbabs 1030 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:21 pm

    I am a total dog person! I want our new pup at our wedding, but FI’s family is totally NOT pet people – so they would think it is really strange.
    Since we are having a first look and pictures before the ceremony, we are going to bring him along, and then drop him off at home before the reception. I think it’s a good compromise.

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    smabell 14 posts, Newbee @ 12:25 pm

    Junior Mink is a very gorgeous boy, he would look AMAZING in your pictures! Well, he looks amazing in any pictures IMO, I swear i’m not stalking your furbaby but whenever I see his pictures I swoon!

    He is very dear to your heart and I firmly believe that anyone who holds a special place in our hearts should be included in your special day, whether they have 2 legs or 4 ;)

    I think he’ll be a source of joy for you and your guests on your day, rather than a detriment!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:02 pm

    @jeffandjen2011: I really want to! I just want to do what’s best for him. :)

    @PinkMagnolia: I’ll be getting ready in the bridal suite inside our venue, so our handler would have to keep Junior Mink outside. :)

    @Danawatson210: I think we need a Bees & their dogs at weddings thread!

    @Crabbabs: That sounds perfect!

    @smabell: Aw, thanks for saying that! I love my little guy! I think the photos would make us smile for years and years to come!

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    smabell 14 posts, Newbee @ 1:06 pm
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    smabell 14 posts, Newbee @ 1:06 pm

    Whoops, that didn’t work.

    http://www.smabell.com/anonymous/juniormink2.jpg

    More motivation for you!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:19 pm

    Our big doggy will be in our wedding! It was never a question, and we exed some venues because they wouldn’t allow him. I can’t wait for pictures like all the ones you have (although he is a bit camera shy, so we’ll see how that goes)!

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:06 pm

    I’m not sure if my venue will allow dogs, since we haven’t askes, but my sister’s been talking about having our doggie as my flower girl for ages now.

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    frenchtoast 298 posts, Helper bee @ 2:18 pm

    We had our dog Yorkiepoo during the ceremony and didn’t regret it one bit. In fact, my only regret is that we didn’t take enough photos with him because he was all spiffy looking in his tux! DO IT! U wont regret it.

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    kmclevel 78 posts, Worker bee @ 2:51 pm

    Here’s another wedding just posted today on SMP:
    http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/gallery/5983/4

    I haven’t asked my venue yet, but I may just ask for forgiveness rather than permission since we will have a super short ceremony and our college chapel has buffed concrete floors… If I do wise up and ask for permission and say they say no we will just use him outside on the grounds for portraits and while I’m getting ready.

    The hotel we are staying at allows dogs too, and I was wondering how the logistics of getting him back to the room would work, a walker is a great idea!

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:32 pm

    I wish we could involve our dog, but we aren’t getting married locally. Anyway, he would be a HORRIBLE ring bearer. Haha.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:58 pm

    The best behaved guest? Haha.

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    penguin_girl_0413 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:14 pm

    I wish my dog could be in our wedding! But I don’t think he would be well behaved enough. And I’m not sure if our venue allows dogs???

    But I have been dreaming about my dog being the ring bearer!!!!

    Definitely bring your dog if you can!!

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    Candace, Guest @ 7:25 am

    We are choosing to leave our guys at home (greyhounds). While we love them, it seems like one more thing to plan/one more headache… worrying who will hold them, hoping they won’t whine when away from us, and making sure they don’t bolt after a rabbit or something! I think it’s totally cute to have dogs around, and if we were having a 100% backyard, fenced wedding we’d probably do it… but fronyard is a no go!

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:55 am

    I wish our pup could be there, but our venue doesn’t allow dogs. :( That’s okay, we got him involved in our epics instead!!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:07 am

    @Miss Honey: Yay! I can’t wait to see pictures!

    @Coffee cup: Aw…that’ll be so cute!

    @Mrs. French Toast: Aw! I’m going to find your pictures now!

    @kmclevel: Hee hee. I like your attitude!

    @Miss Mole: Hee hee. It definitely depends on the dog. :)

    @Future Army Wife: You better believe it! He’s an angel!

    @penguin_girl_0413: Look at what kmclevel said…ask forgiveness, not permission? :)

    @Candace: Yeah, if your dog isn’t good off leash or has separation anxiety, it’s probably not going to work!

    @TinyTina: Aw…the pics are going to be adorable!

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    AT, Guest @ 10:39 am

    I think including the dog in casual engagement photos is adorable. If you can manage the logistics and hire someone to handle the dog at the wedding, I suppose it could be great. But you are going to have so many moving parts on your day….think about whether you want to add another. Also think about guests and vendors who are not dog lovers. Finally, remember, your wedding is not a photo opp!

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:42 pm

    Aw man, I love the puppy wedding pictures!! I’m especially dying over the ones with the westies since I have a westie. However, said westie is a rescue and very wary around strangers, particularly large groups of strangers (particularly with kidlets). It would not have been a good idea for him to be at our wedding. Too bad because I found an adorable tux doggie collar. :(

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:21 pm

    @AT: I think we’ll be okay. Junior Mink attends open houses where I work. He’s fine in a crowd and is a very gentle, considerate dog.

    As for vendors who don’t like dogs, they would probably have trouble working in Virginia wine country! Vineyards have dogs! Most roam free.

    @Ms. Gazelle: I love collected wedding dog pictures for my Pinterest files. I think westies are adorable!!!

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    van870210 18 posts, Newbee @ 6:06 pm

    I love dogs, they look great in these pictures.

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