Dogs Friendly Weddings and Dog Friendly Wedding Venues
What do we want? Dogs at weddings! When do we want it? I’m a huge dog fan and love visiting dog friendly places with my third (and often favourite) child, Bertie. He comes on every holiday with us and loves nothing more than Sunday lunch in a dog friendly pub. If your furry pal is a super important part of your life then why not explore the idea of having them with you on your wedding day. Lots of my lovely couples choose to include their furry companions in the wedding plans but it’s not always straight forward. Here’s some hints and tips to help.
1. Choose a dog friendly venue
Not every venue will allow pets on site and some won’t allow your dogs to be left alone in the bedroom. If having your doggo is an important part of your wedding plans then check with your venue if they can be accommodated. Scroll down the page to find a list of some of my favourite dog friendly venues in the Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester and the Lake District.
2. Hire a doggy babysitter.
Do you have a dog walker? How about hiring them to look after your dog on the day of the wedding. This works great if you’ve got different locations during the day time and they aren’t all dog friendly. It’s also great for just one person to be in charge of your furry pal – so you can concentrate on chatting to guests and enjoying your day too! There are some pet sitting companies out there that offer this as a one off service for weddings. There are also companies who offer this service as a one off too.
3. Make sure they dress the part.
It’s a wedding after all! There’s loads of crazy dog owner shops online where you can get everything from bowties to tutus for your doggy friends. And who doesn’t look good in a floral collar?
4. Have somewhere quiet that they can go to.
Not all doggos will appreciate being cuddled by loads of guests so make sure there’s somewhere quite they can sneak away to if it gets a bit overwhelming. Some venues will allow you to leave dogs in your bedroom but not all so make sure you check this before the day!
5. Make a doggy day of it!
If your wedding venue is very doggy friendly why not allow your guests to bring along their furry friends too?
6. Plan a doggy honeymoon
If your furry child can’t make it to the wedding day why not plan a short break away to somewhere lovely and dog friendly in the UK before heading off on your main honeymoon? There are soooooooo many gorgeous doggy friendly properties in the UK. We’re big doggy holiday lovers and our favourite spots are Anglesey, Northumberland and Norfolk.
Dog Friendly Wedding Venues in the North West.
The Inn at Whitewell – Lancashire
This gorgeous country pub venue in Lancashire is perfect for dog lovers – and with lots of walks on the doorstep you’ll have loads of excuses for pre-wedding planning visits! Dogs are allowed in the bedroom, the bar, the ceremony room and the wedding marquee meaning your fluffy pal doesn’t have to miss out on any of the fun! Christianne and Nick brought their own dog to their wedding but also invited guests to do the same so it was a full on doggie friendly day! Check out their wedding day on the blog here.
Cote How Barn – the Lake District
Cote How is one of my all time favourite wedding venues for so many reasons! Not least because you can bring your four legged pal along to enjoy the day. Caroline and Clare and their lovely pup Ollie pictured below made the most of this beautiful place at their dog friendly wedding.
The Ashes Barn – Staffordshire
The Ashes prides itself on being a dog friendly wedding venue. Set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside this venue is a wonderful choice for any wedding. Knowing that they allow doggies gives them the extra edge!
Wellbeing Farm – Lancashire
The Wellbeing Farm is perfect for those searching for a dog friendly, relaxed, barn wedding venue in Lancashire. The family who run this venue are big animal lovers (the clue is in the resident llamas and donkeys) so your furry friend is very welcome!
Eaves Hall, Holmes Mill, Shireburn Arms and Mitton Hall
All of these venues are run by the James’ Place group – a well established wedding group in Lancashire. They all allow dogs in some areas of their buildings (some more than others) so please get in touch with them and check out if they would be suitable for your dog friendly wedding plans.
Stock Farm – Cheshire
Stock Farm is one of the newer wedding venues in Cheshire and it’s perfect for doggie friendly weddings. The onsite farm house is perfect for your wedding accommodation and your dog pal can stay the night.
If you’re having a dog friendly wedding in the North West I’d love to hear from you!