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Pawsome Ways To Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

Fun ideas to incorporate your furry pal into your big day.
By: 
Chelsea Gibson and Drew Dakessian
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Oregon is one of the most dog-friendly states in America, so it’s no coincidence that our favorite four-legged friends are making their way onto wedding aisles and in front of altars, wagging all the way. After all, would the big day be complete without your faithful best friend standing by? Couples are incorporating their furry pals into their wedding days in endlessly fun, creative ways. Now, ceremonies often include a flower-wreathed Fido serving as best man, maid of honor, flower dog or just as a guest.

When it comes to the reception, dogs are inspiring décor, cake toppers, favors, photo-booth props, menu fare and more. Dog trainer Taylor Munson named each wine on her reception bar menu after one of the couple’s three dogs: a Riesling after their white double merle Australian shepherd, Aspen; a Pinot Noir after their reddish golden retriever, Honor; and a hard cider after their Anatolian shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix, Sterling.

“Training and working with dogs for over 20 years, they are a huge part of our lives,” says Munson. Her signage, which was designed by Jessica LoPilato, even featured images of her beloved pups, created by artist Alex Kovych (see above). To all the dog lovers out there: Don’t be shy! Having your canine loved one on hand for your special day is full of pawsibilities.

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