A pooch perfect day: my advice

On your wedding day, you'll want all your loved ones around you, and for many (my wife and I included) that includes your dog. There are lots of ways to involve dogs in your celebration, as ring bearers or flower dogs, I have seen florists create amazing dog-friendly designs. Tuxedo's to matching bow-ties and go-pro's that capture your celebration through their eyes, our furry friends can make weddings much more memorable.

There are a couple of things to consider before you book them in at the groomers though...

Most importantly take into account your dog's personality and whether your wedding venue allows pets on the premises. If you are still on the look out for your perfect dog friendly Norfolk wedding venue a few of my favourite dog friendly wedding venues are Chaucer Barn, Haha Farm, Wellington Wood, The Fire Pit Camp and The Reading Room....as a dog owner myself I can say Norfolk and Suffolk are very dog friendly regions and offer a great variety of wedding venues to host your wedding.

Remember, as much as you love them don't involve your dog in your wedding if it's going to introduce unnecessary stress for you. Couples have chosen to bring their beloved four-legged friend along to their engagement shoot and photos I have taken from the shoot have then been included in their personalised wedding decor instead.

If you can, bring your dog along for a venue visit before your wedding. Dogs like to sniff and explore, so if you get that out of the way early, they will be less likely to be distracted on the day and pee on a table leg for example...yes that really did happen once!

Consider telling your guests that your dog is attending your big day in case they have allergies or fear them! It's always good to know before hand if attending small children are especially fearful.

My final tip is to budget for a professional dog sitter or dog chaperone. You may think your best man, groomsman, MOH, bridesmaid, uncle or trusted great aunt is happy to look after your extra special guest...they may have even volunteered for the job but it is important to remember they are your wedding guests too and should be able to celebrate with you. A dog chaperone or sitter will ensure your pooch is calm, cool, and well cared for throughout the day. They also won't be taking him or her out for 'toilet time' in their best dress or suit. I can recommend Amy at Oh Bella Wedding Day Dogs for anyone getting married in Norfolk or Suffolk. Amy is friendly, approachable and above all professional.

I have included a few of my favourite photos of dogs at either weddings or engagements shoots I have photographed for you to enjoy. Personally, our day just wouldn't have been the same without Fenris!

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Our Fenris with his bowtie - Image Eternal Images Photography Ltd

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