• Steph & Tim

Dog of Honour!

Updated: Jan 10, 2019

Including your Best friend at your wedding?

Did you know that 10% of weddings in the UK now have a Dog of Honour or a Poochy Ring bearer. Chirpee creates fabulous floral doggy designs :)

A few things to check out before you go ahead and start planning.

Not all venues allow dogs (or any other animals or course ) so give them a call to make sure they are welcome. Unfortunately not everyone loves dogs - is this an issue for you? Some children, particularily little ones, can be quite shy around animals and it may become a problem during the day.

Here is some excellent advice from Pet Expert Victoria Stilwell :

1. Ask if your dog has what it takes. Weddings can be stressful and overwhelming for a dog that does not adapt well to new environments or is uncomfortable around strangers. Sociable dogs that are outgoing and friendly often cope better with the extra attention they are likely to receive. If your dog is shy and uncomfortable around people, leave him at home where he is safe and secure.

2. Decide what part of the ceremony you would like your dog(s) to attend. Involve your dog in the ceremony but not the reception, as receptions tend to be overwhelming — especially those with an extensive guest list and loud music.

3. Check first to make sure that the venues you choose for your wedding allow dogs. Many have a strict no pet policy.

4. Make sure that you tell your bridesmaids or groomsmen of your intentions before the day. Many people are allergic to dogs, so giving them ample warning will help them prepare if they suffer from allergies.

5. What role is your dog going to play at your wedding? Whether he/she is the ring bearer or the hound of honor, start preparing early for the tasks she is going to do during the ceremony.

6. Rehearse as much as you can with your dog before the big day and leave ample time to practice during the actual rehearsal so that your dog (and his or her handler) knows exactly what to do and when to do it.

7. Take a trip to the grooming parlor or wash and groom your dog at home so that he/she looks and smells good on the big day.

8. Ensure that your dog is well-controlled around your guests. A jumping dog will not be appreciated. If your dog has a tendency to jump up, take time well before the day to teach him an alternative behaviour, such as greeting a person by sitting and giving his paw rather than jumping up. If his excitement level is too high, he might find it hard to control his impulses — in which case, keep him leashed and controlled at all times.

9. Do not forget to include your dog in your wedding photographs, they will be part of your memories forever.

Chirpee Flowers loves dogs and will happily create Floral Collars, Decorated leads, Floral Crowns or Decorated Dog coats for your special day! Contact us on 01273 951745 today to discuss your ideas.

Chirpees' florist in training, enjoying a very muddy bath... :(


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