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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    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:

    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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