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What Is A Pet-Friendly Wedding?

Mar 28, 2023 | Wedding Ideas and Trends

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Weddings are about being with your whole family, and for a whopping 62% of people, that includes a pet.

Us Brits love our pets, and on one of the biggest days of our lives, having them there makes it all the more special. You’re probably not going enjoy your day knowing that your pet is anxious, alone or wondering where you’ve got to, so make sure you choose a wedding venue that welcomes your beloved furry friend with open arms… and a treat or two!

What Is A Pet-Friendly Wedding?

Not all wedding venues allow animals on their premises, so a pet-friendly wedding is your perfect wedding day in a venue that welcomes pets and four-legged companions.

To find out if a venue is pet friendly, you can ask them about their pet or animal policy. Some will be more than happy to accommodate your animal pal in any way that you wish, but others may only allow them in allocated areas or outdoors. Some venues don’t allow pets at all, so it’s important to know where you stand… sit… lie down…

What Pets Can Come To My Wedding?

In theory, any pet can be part of your day. Although some pets are less suited to the celebrations – goldfish or stick insects are rather tricky to include. Dogs are usually pretty easy.

Consider the noise levels and atmosphere of your wedding and how your pet might react to this change in their normal living environment. Shy, nervous or small pets might find it overwhelming and could act out in unpredictable ways.

We’ve heard of weddings where the bride has ridden her horse down the aisle, where ferrets have carried the rings and where chickens have pecked and posed for photos. So if your pet craves attention and loves the petting, tickles behind the ears and belly rubs, they’re going to have as much fun on the day as you will!

Pet - Friendly Wedding

Image courtesy of Natalie & Max Photographers

How Can I Include My Pet In My Wedding?

There are loads of creative ways to include your pet in the ceremony and celebrations. Here are some ideas for you to ponder:

  • Ring bearer
  • Flower pup
  • Man’s best man
  • Leading down the aisle
  • Welcome committee

Top Tips For A Pet-Friendly Wedding

Include Your Pet In A Way That Suits Their Temperament.

Just like people, not all animals feel confident in new situations, but that doesn’t mean they have to be left out. For example, if your dog is too anxious to walk you down the aisle, have them with you while you get ready. This way, you still get to share some of your day with your fur baby, but familiar people surround them. 

Other pets may feel comfortable being included in the ceremony but perhaps only with you or your partner holding them. This might feel ok for a few hours, but you’ll need a backup for when you or your pet become tired!

Think About The Photos

The photos are the best part of having pets at weddings! So hiring a photographer that’s great with animals should be a top priority to get the most memorable and gorgeous photos possible. Spend some time in advance thinking about what kind of photos you want and how your pet might respond to posing. Will you need treats or toys to get their attention?

Let Guests Know

Not everyone is a pet person, so if your guest has an allergy or phobia, they need to know ahead of time. Also, you should find out if your venue allows just your pet or ALL pets. If you and your partner are dog lovers, maybe you’d like your guests to bring their own pups and pooches. Do bear in mind that this could create quite a distraction from proceedings if the pets don’t get on!

Dress To Impress

Some pets don’t tolerate accessories like hats and jumpers, while others love them. For dogs that don’t mind getting dressed up, you can buy doggy tuxedos, tutus and collars. For those that don’t like it, you can adorn their harness with flowers or include your wedding colours. They might tolerate a bowtie if they are used to a collar.

Hire Help

Much like having kids at your wedding, you can’t be totally present all the time. So you’ll need help. Hopefully, you have a trusted friend or family member who will be on ‘paw patrol’ watching over your pet while you’re busy with wedding day fun.

But if you think your pet needs a little more TLC, hiring a dog sitter is a good option. A professional dog sitter knows what they’re doing. They can be there to:

  • Be quick to pick up poo
  • Watch for behavioural cues
  • Make sure the pet isn’t being over-excited by kids
  • Keeps feeding and napping schedule (esp important for young animals)
  • Can take your pet home when needed

A Quiet Space

Most animals won’t be able to manage hours of full-on noise and attention. Just like small children (and a lot of grown adults!) pets also need quite-time to rest and recuperate. So it’s important that your wedding venue has a quiet space for your pet to retreat to. Somewhere with plenty of water and food if they need it. 

Pets At Baddow Park House

At Baddow Park House, we absolutely welcome pets! Your beloved animal companion can join you in the Salon as you get ready, and we invite them to be part of your ceremony in the Oak Room or Orangery.

We can also provide a quiet space for your pet to retreat to when they need calm. They must be enclosed in a crate or pen and not left unattended, but we will ensure peace and tranquillity for them to relax.
Our team are all animal lovers, and we’re excited to help you to think of ways to include your pet in your day. We can’t be responsible for your pet on the day, but we can guarantee that your pet will be warmly welcomed and treated like one of the family!

We Welcome Your Whole Family

Your wedding should be everything you want – and more. If having your furry family member there is important to you, then it’s important to us. We welcome your whole wedding party, two-legged or four, to enjoy all Baddow Park House has to offer.

Download our wedding brochure from the website or call us on 01245 473969, to talk about how we can make your perfect day a reality.

Wedding Reviews
We were booked to get married September 2020 but due to covid, we re-scheduled for September 2021. I wanted to say a huge thank you to the team at Baddow Park and especially Kelly – Group Operations Manager, for being so accommodating. We were very worried about the unknowns of having to re-arrange. However, Kelly and the team took that worry away. The process from having a “back up date” to confirming a new date in 21 was seamless, Kelly and her team were ALWAYS available via phone or email for a quick chat or to discuss the day in-depth. The upset of having to move our day never came as we knew the team had it all under control and that they would make our day even more special next year. We can’t wait to get married and celebrate at Baddow Park house with their fantastic team and gorgeous surroundings!

5 star rating

Fleur & Andy

From our first visit to see Baddow Park even before all the renovations we were in love with it and knew this was the place we wanted to get married, not only was the venue and garden beautiful but Kelly made us feel so welcome we knew it would all go smoothly…   Then COVID happened and so close to our wedding day, all was arranged and we were waiting ready and excited for our wedding day, but in one day, id not only cancelled one wedding but prepared an alternative one, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the flexibility of Baddow Park and Kelly’s support with all our questions and worries of “What do we do now”   She has kept in touch with us throughout the year as we have changed dates and ideas and at not one point has anything I have asked been a problem. Unfortunately a 2020 wedding is not possible so now we wait for the perfect wedding at Baddow Park in 2021!

5 star rating

Victoria Partridge

What a magical wedding day we had at Baddow Park House, every single detail was perfect. From initial viewing to booking to pre-wedding preparation, you were all so helpful and supportive, nothing was too much trouble and no questions were left unanswered. The house is beautifully kept and the grounds exquisite, the atmosphere was lovely. Baddow Park is a truly beautiful place to get married.

5 star rating

Kirstie and Andy

We want to thank you sincerely for making our wedding day so special. Everyone thought the organisation was excellent and everything went so smoothly. Baddow Park is a beautiful place to hold an intimate wedding, the house and the gardens are just delightful. Everyone there said what a lovely venue it was. We had the most beautiful wedding and we are very grateful.

5 star rating

Mrs & Mrs B

From the moment we saw Baddow Park for the first time we knew this was exactly where we wanted to have our wedding reception. Combining beautiful grounds with the ability for us to personalise our day this was our perfect venue. We truly could not have asked for a better day and for all at Baddow Park House together with their suppliers who helped make the magic happen.

5 star rating

Nick & Lorna Bastian

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