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Wedding Wednesday Proposals

So as many of you already know we love dogs in weddings. What about the whole proposal that leads to the wedding? That’s pretty important and likely to be the story you tell your grandkids for years to come. A marriage proposal is important and is usually done in a very personal, creative and unique way.

Many furry friends are couples first baby, therefore, including him or her in the proposal is a very cute gesture! Below are some tips & ideas for having a puppy proposal.

{Ring Around The Collar}

This is a very classic proposal with the doggy having the engagement ring attached to his/her collar. Make it extra special by having your dog wear a bow, floral collar or a bow tie for that extra dapper look.

TIP: for added security (depending on your dog) you can put the ring inside a ring box. Timing is important so do a few test runs with your dog and make sure he/she comes over when called for their part.

{Message In A Bottle}

Ok not necessarily a message IN a bottle but a written proposal that utilizes your pup. You can get a dog tag made that simply says “will you marry me” or have a little sign around your dogs neck that pops the big question for you!

{Balancing Act}

This requires skill on behalf of your dog. Practice, practice, practice. We also recommend using a box with this one. Tell your fiancé to be, “Hey look at Rover’s new trick!” And have your dog patiently waiting with the ring box balanced on their nose!

{Custom Clothing}

Have a shirt or hoodie made for your dog that does the proposing for you. It will surely catch anyone’s attention and after reading the message be prepared for tears.

How was your proposal done? Tweet us @leashnpaws 

Don’t have a dog to use for your upcoming proposal? Not to worry! Ask a friend. Chino is also available and has a bow tie and even a tux. He prefers upfront payment in bully sticks. Once you have proposed we can help have your dog in the engagement photos or wedding check this out weddings 

Wedding Wednesday {incorporating your dog}

Happy Wedding Wednesday. Lot’s of people want their dog to attend their big day however there are lots of ways to do it and also lots to consider. Here are my top 8 tips:

{Photography📸} Up In The Clouds

1. Make sure someone is available to assist your dog in preparing before the wedding as well as accommodating to bathroom breaks, food & water as well as being taken to the appropriate place after the ceremony (dog daycare or back to your home). We offer a wedding service that does this check it out.

2.Your venue(s) make sure to run this by them and see if they allow dogs in the venue and to take part even if it is just for a short while. This is totally up to their discretion unless it is an outdoor wedding.

3.Put together a plan as to whom your dog will walk with down the aisle or if he/she can walk unassisted off leash around your entire guest without distractions. Figure out what role your dog will play and whether they will go alone, with the flower girl or ring bearer or with a bridesmaid or groomsmen…..decisions decisions.

4. Don’t feel obligated to buy a mini tux or dress for your dog, it’s your wedding day and you can personalize everything as much as you can. The florist can make a flower collar similar to that of the wedding party of a bow tie can be made that matches the groomsmen.

{Photography📸} Wolf Photography

5. Staying on the subject of the attire, if you plan on having your four legged friend be you ring bearer DO NOT put the actual rings with them because there is always the chance of them being lost. I know that many best men also run the same chance of misplacing these items as well but at least they can TELL you where it is or where it’s been forgotten 

6. Be conscious of your guests and any allergies or fears they may have towards your dog.

7. Put into your to do list to have your pooch groomed or have a bath – after all you want them to look just as great as the rest of the attendees they will be in photos.

8. Practice practice practice the walk with your dog and if applicable bring your dog to the rehearsal as well to get them familiar with the venue so that it is not all brand new to them on the day of.

If you want your pup at your wedding contact us today to book a consult!

Wedding Wednesday {National Wedding Month}

It’s National Wedding Month (in the states, but we can celebrate too!) and what a better way to celebrate it then with some facts.

So, of course, the reason why you get married is to officially commit and be bonded to the person you love. Forever and ever. Now, have you ever wondered, ‘How did that start?’ Who said ‘Hey, you two are together but it only becomes official once we have a big ceremony with all your friends and family!’  Who? And why?

I have searched Google high and low and came up with so many different answers. But the most common and earliest record show to unify and show respect for a higher being. Through time getting married had different meanings. For love, for wealth, or for power.

Why do we have bridesmaids and groomsmen?

Back then they all dressed the same as the bride and groom. It was so that it would confuse evil spirits or jealous suitors. Kind of like a little army to defend you (Uh, cool but scary).

The Best Man

Up until the 18th century, it was common for a groom to abduct his bride. He would have a few men help him on this ‘mission’. The one who proved to be the most skilled would become ‘The Best Man’.

Wedding Ring

Over time the ring became a display of commitment. Diamonds were added to show a sign of wealth and eventually became a tradition. But let’s all be honest, diamonds are beautiful and who wouldn’t want to rock one??

Interesting Fact – An average engagement ring cost around $4k. Woah!

White Dress

You can thank Queen Victoria for this fashion trend. White was a valued colour back in the 1800’s. It was difficult to achieve and hard to maintain. Which meant wearing white, once again, was to demonstrate wealth. Before the white dress, women would wear their best dress.

Interesting Fact #2 – An average gown costs $800!


So get this, bouquets were originally made of herbs instead of flowers. It was said that it would ward off evil spirits.

Clearly, times have changed (thankfully) and now, instead of stressing about getting kidnapped, we can stress about matching colours and where our guests have to sit. Woo!

I was intrigued to look for the first dog to ever be incorporated into a wedding but found nothing. I eventually got into the weird part of Google and gave up.

That being said, dogs in weddings have become a popular thing over the years. A lot of couples find themselves treating their dog as their own child (nothing wrong with that, I do love my fur baby). Whether it’s because they raised it together or simply because they can’t have a child of their own. Having their dog join in on their special day is an added bonus to a dream come true. Venues and receptions have been open to our four-legged friends which have made it easier to incorporate them!


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Not all pups are made for the spotlight or can handle the noises. Other ways you can have them be part of the wedding are engagement photos, breed-shaped cake toppers, through invitation design or wedding favours.

Custom Cake Topper

Custom Cake Topper

Leash & Paws (that’s us!) offer a unique, wedding dog attendant service. We help ensure that your wedding day goes smooth WITH your dog by your side. We are proud to support this new trend which will hopefully become a tradition of its own. Interested in making history? Check out our service and we hope to see you soon!

Happy #WeddingWednesday everyone!