Paws and Pearls: The Best Ways to Incorporate Pets into Your Wedding

Jan 31 2019

Paws and Pearls: The Best Ways to Incorporate Pets into Your Wedding

6 birds, 5 horses, 4 dogs, 3 rats, 2 lizards, 1 hamster, 1 turtle, 1 cat, and more fish than I could ever count; those probably weren’t even all of the pets running around my house or yard at some point. Pets are a part of your family, and a wedding is all about bringing a family together, so it only makes sense that you would want the cutest members to be a part of it! (well… some of them. For me, the lizard and fish could probably stay home and the cat doesn’t really like people so…) However, sometimes these family members don’t always want to cooperate. While most of your human guests will understand that the toasts mean it’s time to sit and listen quietly, your dog may think it’s a great time to say “Hi” to the world and run from room to room, you know, just because they can. It can be tough to find a wedding hall that will work with your pets on your big day. Here at NOAH’S, we want to help you have the best day possible for all the humans and pets involved, so we’ve compiled some of the best ways to incorporate pets into your wedding.

 

Engagement Photo Shoot

 

 

Pets are cute, but hooves don’t go very well with hardwood. Rather than bringing your pet to the actual event, why not incorporate them through your pictures. Photos with pets often get some of the biggest “oohs” and “aahs.” Including your animals in your engagement photos allows you to display the prints at your reception or send them out with your invitations, and also means you can avoid the possibility of dirty paws and claw marks on your tux or dress. Display the photos on decor tables in NOAH’S beautiful entryways or use them as part of your centerpiece decoration in the Main Hall. Either way, they are sure to get your guests talking.

 

Day of Photos

 

Photo: Trin Jensen Photography

 

If a photo shoot with your best bud on your big day is just too cute to resist, we have a few tips to help the process go smoothly. We recommend taking the photos as early as possible, that way if an accident does happen, you’ll have time to fix it before the ceremony. Ask your photographer to stop by your house while you get ready to snag a few shots. This way your pets will be in a familiar environment and won’t be surrounded by lots of new people, so keeping them calm and posed will be a bit easier.

 

Photo: Caitlin Steva Photography

 

 

Walk Down the Aisle

 

Photo: JM Studios

 

Having your doggo walk down the aisle is a charming and undeniably cute moment on your big day. However, remember that you’re bringing in a lot of factors here— lots of people, a new place, and no guarantee that they will cooperate as hoped. There are a few things you want to keep in mind here if you have your heart set on this moment. First, the safety of your pet. It’s likely that, even if they visit the venue beforehand, they will be excited or scared because of all the new people and decor on the big day. You wouldn’t want them to get spooked and go running out an unwatched door or crash into some delicate decor. To help avoid that, our policy at NOAH’S is to keep dogs kenneled up until the moment of the ceremony, and returned again as soon as possible afterward. Second, keep in mind the comfort of your guests. Someone running out of your ceremony in an allergic fit or your puppy jumping up on Grandma’s lap to say hello wouldn’t be ideal. We recommend checking with your guests beforehand for allergies and having multiple training sessions with your pup before the big day. Task a close friend or family member to bring them to the venue just before the ceremony and take them home again afterward for some well-deserved belly rubs.

 

 

Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures

 

Photo: Taylor Cash Photography

 

Sometimes being there on the big day will just be too stressful for your pet and guests, and that’s okay! You can still have them with you in spirit through photos. One of our NOAH’S brides incorporated pictures of her cat into her bouquet, and the results were purr-fect (sorry, couldn’t resist.)

 

Photo: Darbi G Photography

 

Another option from a NOAH’S wedding that we fell in love with was this pet table. The couple adorned the display with pictures of their puppy and gave out treats for other dog owners to take home. The sentiment is so sweet and connects everyone at the wedding with those waiting anxiously for their humans to come back.

 

Above all else, incorporating your pet into your wedding makes for some adorable moments! If you’re looking for proof, here are a few more photos from real NOAH’S couples that we just couldn’t leave out because they melted our hearts. If you want to learn more about how we at NOAH’S Event Venue can work with you and your adorable pets to create the perfect day, schedule a tour today!

 

Photo: Katie Lindgren Photography

 

Photo: Madison Katlin Photography

 

Photo: Julina Marie Photography

 

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