By Michelle Ray

 

 

If you have attended a wedding for a vegan couple in the past two years chances are you may have attended a wedding which incorporated a “dog of honor!” I have personally shot several weddings with dogs and they are growing in popularity.
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Photo by Michelle Ray
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But maybe you have not thought about all the ways you can incorporate Fido or Fifi… Here are a few ideas!
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– Your dog may accompany one or both of you down the aisle.
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-Your dog may be your beloved ring bearer. (Might want to use “faux rings” just in case!)
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– You may want to have your dog stand with your wedding party.
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– Family Formals will most certainly include your four-legged family member.
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– You might even include your dog in a fun First “couple’s dance!” (Now that is a moment to remember!)
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Photo by Michelle Ray
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Real Couple Stories

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.Clare and Cheryl
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Photo by Shawnee Custalow
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“It wasn’t a question that Pumpkin would be a part of our wedding day. She is family! Pumpkin played an important part on our special day- carrying the rings! With her rainbow pillow and matching bow tie, she proudly walked down the aisle to bring her moms their rings. On the property there was a pool. Pumpkin can not resist any water she can swim in. After the ceremony, she made her rounds by greeting the guests with her soaking wet fur. Everyone had a great day, especially Pumpkin.” – view more from Clare and Cheryl’s wedding
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Photo by Shawnee Custalow
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Hazel and Paul
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“From the start of our wedding planning journey, we knew we wanted our beloved dog Kirby to be a part of the day. He is an important part of our little family, so spending the day without him wasn’t an option! For us it worked best for him to meet us after the wedding ceremony, he then joined us for our couple’s photos and spent some time meeting people and investigating our reception venue. He just joined us for a few hours as we didn’t want to overwhelm him! We hired a wonderful lady from Tom and Toto who provided the perfect tailored service for us, Kirby was her number one priority, so we knew he was in safe hands. I handmade the ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen, which meant I could make Kirby a matching bandana too! So cute!” – view more from Hazel and Paul’s wedding.
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Photo by Katie Jade Photography
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A few extra tips!

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– Hire a trusted dog-handler! In the DC area, I have met dog handlers who specialize in wedding day coverage. They can pick up and transport, train, supervise, and then dog-sit for you! This makes for a perfect set up for any couple!
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– Practice! Every pooch needs a chance to practice their moves – whether that is on the dance floor, or carrying a ring down the aisle or “sitting” at the heels of the groom.
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– If you so choose, you want to make sure that your dog’s wardrobe is appropriate for the climate- and even, coordinated with the wedding party. Your dog will be dapper and darling!
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– In Lieu of gifts for the couple, you might want to ask guests to contribute to a local animal shelter or give to a non-profit that supports animal rights.
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Photo by Michelle Ray
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Michelle Ray  is a military spouse living in Northern Virginia who is passionate about shooting green weddings. She is working on a green wedding planning certification, a wedding planning course, a green business certification, and a book that will help couples planning a wedding. (Stay tuned on IG to connect and for more info!) In the meantime, check out Michelle’s involvement with The Kind Bride World’s First Ever Vegan Bridal Show. Read Michelle’s articles