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Outdoor weddings at the Allan House

by Eric Hegwer on 9 February, 2010

You can see more photos from this Austin wedding at the allan house here.

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A Small dog in a tuxedo

dogs at weddings

by Eric Hegwer on 23 May, 2009

Perhaps the biggest wedding trend I’ve seen for 2010 is having your dog in your wedding. This last year, I photographed several events where the dogs were either actually in the wedding, at the wedding, or the bride wanted portraits with her dog – there are some photos at the end of the post.

I’ve even attended a wedding where there were doggie inspired favors and cards stating that a donation had been made to a local animal rescue shelter. This was because the couple didn’t think the dogs would behave well at the wedding, but they still wanted them there – we actually did engagement shots with the pups earlier that year.

If you do decide to include a canine, there are many different jobs for dogs in the wedding party:

  • Of course you can have fluffy walk down the aisle alone or escort a bridesmaid or groomsmen (if you have an uneven number of attendants)
  • Fido can be a ringbearer – be sure to practice this several times at the actual venue if possible – I can only imagine them getting distracted with two gold rings tied to their collar and running after some duck and and jumping in a pond. You might want to consider using fake rings tied to the collar just in case.
  • Just looking cute sitting on the side – this is by far the most common. A special attendant has a decorated collar, leash, and water bowl, on the side of the aisle and your dog just sits as a guest and witnesses the whole thing.

While at these dog inspired events, I’ve seen all kinds of doggie wedding attire – from nothing at all, to a custom decorated collar with matching ribbon and flowers from the wedding theme, to a full blown mini dog tuxedo (but never a dog wedding dress – even if they are a girl). You can check out this website for ideas for costumes.

As a couple planning a wedding, if you have a dog, I think you already know how he or she behaves, but just in case here are a few things to think about before you bring your dog to your wedding:

  • Does the venue allow pets?
  • Who will be responsible for handling them – remember this person won’t be able to participate in your wedding the same way as other guests?
  • Will the dog be isolated to a particular area in case you have guests who are afraid or allergic?
  • Is your dog comfortable around large groups of people?
  • Does he (or she) beg for food? Will this be a problem around dinnertime with guests walking around with plates of food?

And just to be safe, be sure you have a dedicated wedding pooper scooper  :)

Weddings at the Allan House, Austin Weddings, Bonnie & Matt, Austin wedding photogrpahy, outdoor weddings, green wedding

Weddings at the Allan House, Austin Weddings, Bonnie & Matt, Austin wedding photogrpahy, outdoor weddings, green wedding

Weddings at the Allan House, Austin Weddings, Bonnie & Matt, Austin wedding photogrpahy, outdoor weddings, green wedding, pets at weddings, dogie decorations, flowers on a dog collar

Weddings at the Allan House, Austin Weddings, Bonnie & Matt, Austin wedding photogrpahy, outdoor weddings, green wedding, pets at weddings, dogie decorations, flowers on a dog collar

Formal portraits with your dog

Formal portraits with your dog

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Garden weddings in Austin at the Allan House

Wedding pictures from the Allan House

by Eric Hegwer on 9 April, 2009

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