How about the dogs? Should our furry alter egos attend family weddings. Some people might say “no”, BUT Raja and I say “Yes, dogs belong in weddings.” They’re members of the family. Getting them ready is easy! A silk scarf or a floral necklet is all it takes to make an everyday dog look stunning. (Compare that to what it takes to costume and style the humans!)
Dogs and wedding etiquette: Do dogs behave well at weddings? That depends on how they behave normally. Raucous and rambunctious dogs will follow their own patterns- patterns doubtlessly enforced by family norms and expectations… meaning, you will get exactly what you have allowed yourself to have. Discreet dogs will be discreet. People dogs will socialize. Cuddlers will cuddle. Biters will bite. (Uh, perhaps this last category can stay home. Your call. Make your own decision… you know what you want.)
If you are bringing your dog to a wedding, do negotiate permission from the venue. Feed your dog first and give him a generous walk. Provide water. Designate a dog walker and minder so nobody wanders. Forgive paw prints.
Benefits of dogs at weddings include:
- Breaking the ice
- Occupying the children
- Attracting singles
- Keeping it real
Raja’s going to be best dog at a wedding next month. It’s his second wedding. He invites readers to share their opinions and requests advice for him on the big day.