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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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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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