June/July 2018

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You may be marrying your best friend, but what about your canine best friend too? Here are some ideas for making sure your dog is as much part of your big day as he or she is a part of your life.




DRESS FOR THE OCCASION Everyone else is dressed up, so why not your dog? There are many ways to make your dog look special on your wedding day, but be sure to choose something that will fit the theme of your wedding. For example, a rustic barn wedding might call for a baby’s breath adornment on Fido’s collar, where other times a darling little tuxedo could be just the thing.

CAKE PUPPERS Unique cake toppers have always been a fun way to personalize a wedding, and when your dog is important to you, who better than your pup to top your cake? Laurie Valko makes custom cake toppers of anything from you and your husband to your horses or your dogs. They are realistic and adorable, and they make perfect keepsakes to remember your special day forever.

BARK OUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS Save the date announcements and other less formal pieces might be the perfect way to bring your dog into the wedding. When your dogs are a big part of your life as a couple, they can be the perfect way to drop the big news. If the venue might not be a good place for your pooch, or you’re worried you won’t be able to give him or her enough attention during the reception, it is probably best to find a sitter instead of worrying.

FORMAL PHOTOS You’re taking formal portraits with all of your family, from your great aunts to your distant cousins, so why not pose for some professional shots with your very best friend? Wedding photos of you two as a couple will be wonderful keepsakes, but really you’re a family now, so why not bring your dog into the frame?

RING BEARER Bringing the ring down the aisle can be a perfect solution when you want your dog front and center at your wedding. Because it’s a simple job and your dog will be thrilled to be invited to come to you, especially in front of all of those people, it can be memorable, sweet, and amusing to have a four-legged member join your wedding party. 42 | E Q UE S T R I A N L I V I N G | J U N E/ J U LY | 2018

WEDDING PARTY POOCH Wedding rules are made to be broken. As traditions change and weddings evolve, it’s important to do what feels best for you. Is one of your groomsmen unable to walk down the aisle, but you don’t want the bridesmaid to walk alone? Why not send her down the aisle with your dog? Maybe you don’t like the tradition of throwing rice. Instead, you could send your pack of pooches running out ahead of you. There are countless ways to bring your dogs in on the fun. CONTACT INFO | PAGE 91

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