“Do you have the rings?’ was more a prompt for the best man than a question. The Minister spoke those words just like many times before. This time however the response was different.
I watched on, together with the 100 plus guests as the best man fumbled around his pockets, while the Minister held out his right palm in anticipation of the rings.
The bride’s response quickly altered from amusement to interest to annoyance as she looked towards the groom for a solution. Sensing his bride’s concern, the groom made the decision it was time. With that he whistled loudly while turning his attention towards the back of the church.
All heads spun around to witness two little dogs proudly walking down the aisle towards their master. On closer inspection, we noticed attached to their backs with ribbons were tiny pillows. Closer still and we saw the wedding rings were securely affixed to the pillows.
Oh my gosh………..this was one of the cutest things I ever saw at a wedding.
It inspires me to write a post about dogs at weddings.
If you too are now inspired, here are some things to think about:
1) Get Permission! Check with the church minister if they will allow your pets in their church. If the wedding is outside in a public area, check local council regulations.
2) Allegis? Not a bad idea to make sure no guests have allergies to your four legged friends.
3) Make Sure! There is nothing at the location that can harm your dog e.g. main roads the dog can run onto if it gets away, cliffs without fences etc.
4) Help Needed! Have a handler who will be responsible for picking your dog up, adding bows /ribbons if needed, providing drinking water and ensuring the dog is safe and not running muck.
‘Porter 4 Pets’ is a Sydney based company who offer pets at wedding handling services.
I have personally worked with Janet Porter on weddings and can honestly say having her expertise and knowledge makes my job in capturing images of the bride & groom with their fur kids so easy.
From German Shepherds to Miniature Poodles, Janet is a dog whisperer.
Tips Janet has taught me (and just some idea of her service)
1) Take the dog to the location well before it is required (and before people start to arrive) so it becomes acquainted with the surroundings.
2) Take the dog for a long walk/run beforehand so they don’t have so much energy.
3) Liver treats, liver treats, liver treats. Dogs love liver treats and are more likely to sit / stay / come for one. Try this before the wedding day.