A Bark of Approval – Dogs in Weddings

A Bark of Approval – Dogs in Weddings

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There are three things I know to be irrefutably true: (1) I am getting married in September, (2) a morning without coffee is a terribly sad one, and (3) dogs are better than cats. You have every right to disagree with me, but this is my list – a rather short one – but no matter how much you may try to convince me otherwise, I will continue to stand my ground.


Before I met Steven, I only had one love in my life – my dogs. I’ve grown up with these four legged friends, and there’s never been a time in my life where I haven’t had at least two in the house. I also foster a Chicago nonprofit, so many times there’s a third one to keep me company on cold nights. Right now I have two: Bonnie and Samson. Bonnie is a border collie and Samson is a terrier-meets-collie-meets-nobody has a clue.


So, yes, I am what you call a “dog” person – the kind of person who is absolutely going to use dogs in her wedding. Also, lucky for me, Steven is also a dog person – he has a schnauzer named Mindy. Mindy will also be in the wedding, as Bonnie and she are practically best friends.


You’re probably thinking at this point – how on earth can you use a dog in a wedding? For me, it’s not how can you, it’s how can’t you! Dogs have been ring bearers, flower pups, part of the wedding party, honored on wedding cakes, totes, or just wedding guests. There are tuxes and dresses for dogs, separate doggy wedding cakes, and little bowties which are just too cute to handle.


The truth of the matter is that I am hardly the only person in the last decade to want to use my “kids” in my wedding ceremony. In fact, the practice has become so prevalent that someone has even written a book about it!


For us, it’s simple too, because we’re actually doing a dog themed wedding in the Chicago suburbs. We’re having custom cake toppers made featuring us and the three pups, our save the dates had silhouettes of a man, a woman, and three dogs, and Steven even found a pair of dog-shaped cuff links.


The ladies, Mindy and Bonnie, are going to wear navy blue ribbons and Samson will wear a navy blue bow tie. Mindy will stand with one of the groomsmen as the “Dog of Honor,” Samson will be the ring bearer, and Bonnie will accompany me down the aisle.

I know of a lot of people who have incorporated their dogs into their wedding, but I’ve never heard of a couple using three. It might be crazy, but if all goes well, it will be amazing.


I know to  a lot of people this may sound ridiculous and eccentric. I’m sure a lot of brides wouldn’t want a dog near the wedding cake or a dog lying on her train during the wedding vows. But I feel differently.  For me, my dogs are much more than just pets – they really are a part of my family. I couldn’t imagine not involving them in one of the most important days of my life.


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