By far, one of the best parts of eloping is having the freedom to make your day exactly what you want. For many couples, eloping gives them the freedom to include their furry friend in as many aspects of their day as they desire. The idea of having their dog along for the ride adds just another layer to the intention and emotion surrounding a wedding day. If you’re wondering how to include your dog in your elopement to make your day even more special, keep reading.
As a Montana elopement and intimate wedding photographer (and planner), I love when my couples include their best friend. While some may say it’s a “generational” thing, there’s something so heartwarming about watching a couple love on their sweet furry friend throughout their day.
Planning ahead for your elopement as a couple is integral to ensure your day goes off without a hitch. But if you hope to include your dog in your elopement, it’s just as important to prepare for your 3rd wheel!
When your day finally arrives, be sure to have your dog’s needs covered by packing accordingly. While your ‘dog-sitter’ will likely be in charge of feeding your pup, make sure you have a bag with all the essentials to keep your furbaby comfortable and happy. Remember to bring their favorite toys, water, treats, food, and even a blanket (if needed) to create a safe and familiar place for them. This is also a great time to utilize puzzle toys, Kongs, or bones to keep them occupied.
If a dog-friendly hike isn’t feasible, there are still numerous ways to involve your furry friend on your big day. Whether you’re eloping in a land far, far away or the logistics don’t work out, you still deserve to have the elopement of your dreams. As an elopement photographer and planner, brainstorming ways for my couples to still include their dog in their elopement is something that brings me the utmost joy.
Some of the most subtle, yet meaningful ways to include your dog in your elopement is through your details. Whether you choose to include your pup in your engagement photos and save-the-dates, or you opt for a unique marriage license signature (that’s right, in some places, your pup can sign your license!), there are options for every couple. Some other ideas would be a monogramed necklace with your pup’s initial or your groom wearing a tie that matches your dog’s bandana.
Get even more creative and infuse your dog’s personality into the celebration! Name a signature drink after them or include them on a cake topper. These small touches can add the sweetest touch of whimsy and charm to your elopement.
Still have your heart set on including your dog in your ceremony? Organize an intimate ceremony and a dog-friendly picnic at your favorite park. Their presence will make the moment even more meaningful and unforgettable.
This is a great way to have the best of both worlds without worrying about as many moving parts. Have one day with your pup(s) and one day with them in dog-friendly locations. Talk about goals.
Your elopement is a celebration of love and unity. And including your dog in this intimate affair can make it all the more special. Whether you choose a dog-friendly hike or incorporate them into wedding details, their presence will undoubtedly add joy and warmth to your day. I want to encourage you to cherish every moment with your furry companion. They are, after all, an essential part of your journey together. So, embrace the opportunity to include your dog in your elopement while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Talk about the best day ever.
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