Including your dog in your wedding is a great way to add some fun and to have your bestie with you on your very special day.  From engagement photos and save-the-date announcements to walking the aisle, your pets have the option to play many roles in a wedding.  

At the ceremony, they can walk as the ring bearer carrying the rings or as the flower dog wearing a floral collar. They can lead out with the bridesmaids or the groomsmen or be the escort for the bride.  Many just walk the aisle with a sign around their neck. Cute sayings like “I loved her first”, “I Do Too,” “Here comes my Mommy”, “Our humans are marrying”, “My parents are getting married”, “Dog of Honor”, “Best Dog, “ are just a few of the many possibilities.  Make sure you run your plans past your officiant to get his or her approval to having a pet in the ceremony.

You will need to consider hiring a pet sitter to take your pet to the event and be in charge of your pet during and then to take them home after so they don’t get into trouble or your wedding cake.  Huntsville Botanical Gardens is a very pet friendly venue so go ahead and personalize your wedding by including your furry best friend in your ceremony. They are sure to bring a smile to all.

By Erica Thimsen – Owner of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings

Photos by Cocoa L. Photography, Amy Boston Photography, Ethan Gulley, Green Tree Photography, Allison Jansen Photography, Erin Lindsey Images,

Erica Thimsen

Erica Thimsen


Author Info:

Erica Thimsen, owner of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings, has been planning and coordinating weddings, parties, and events creating unique and memorable celebrations for all.  With strong industry relationships and great attention to detail, she has the ability to put the fun in and take the stress out of any event.

From small intimate parties to 1000+ events both local and international, she has been exceeding client expectations and been featured as One of the Top Planners in the World by Destinations Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad magazine, been awarded the Most Popular Wedding Planner in Alabama by Wedding Industry Experts Award for the past three years and the winner of Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award for the past five years. She has also been featured in many magazines and blogs and was even chosen as one of the ten planners in the US to send suggestions for the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Helping Hand Parties can also send from one staff member to a team to help with setup, serving, and teardown of any home or corporate event.  

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