Can’t imagine saying “I do” without Rover at your side? Bring him along! Dog-friendly weddings are becoming more and more popular and we can’t get enough of them here at Lower Barns. We’ve hosted plenty of dog-friendly celebrations and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Here are our top tips for involving your canine pal.
Get the all clear
We might love dogs, but not all venues are quite as happy to host fluffy friends. So be absolutely certain what the rules are regarding dogs before any money exchanges hands. If you decide we’re the venue for you, we welcome dogs with any couples booking the Hayloft and the Hideaway. Not only do these retreats offer plenty of space, they feature tiles or wooden flooring throughout – and the Hideaway has it’s own private gardens to boot.
Location Location Location
This is a great corner of the world for dogs to explore. You’ll find plenty of year-round dog-friendly beaches nearby. Head to the Vault (voted by The Guardian as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, no less!) for something off the beaten track, or visit Gorran Haven for convenient parking and a proper ice cream-on-the-beach experience. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is just up the road, which you can explore so long as you keep Rover on a lead. And Mevagissey is must, if not just for a pasty on the harbour wall.
Dog people vs. non-dog people
If you decide to book a wedding with us, you’re obviously after a pretty intimate celebration. That said: you might still have one or two guests who aren’t all too fond of the canine species. You can get around this by keeping your dog on a lead or having a designated no-doggy area e.g. a particular table. While you’ll no doubt want to spend some time with your pup, you’re probably going to want to mingle with the other guests too. Being called away on dog duty could interfere with those plans, so
why not ask one of your pals to be ‘Official Pet Sitter’ for the day?
Fed and watered
Make sure your dog keeps to his usual feeding schedule to avoid any issues. You should also make sure he or she has access to a bowl of water throughout the day. To get your dog involved in the festive atmosphere, you could even order a special dog-friendly cake!
A wedding is an exciting whirlwind of a day for humans, so imagine what it must be like for the dogs involved who have no idea what’s going on. Most dogs will get tired at some point and will be in need of a bit of R&R. Make sure you (or the pet sitter) know when your dog needs some timeout.
Interested in a big day involving your dog? Call us on 01726 844881
Love Janie x