Pet-friendly weddings: Byron Bay Guide

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Plan Your Dream Pet-Inclusive Wedding in Blissful Byron Bay

Whether you’re a Byron Bay local or not, if you’re planning your upcoming nuptials, chances are Byron Bay might feature on your wedding vision board – we’ve been there! Between its breathtaking scenery and laid-back vibe, it’s a special place on earth. Whether it’s a boho beach wedding, a bougie hinterland affair, or something else entirely unique, you’ll have no trouble finding an Insta-worthy spot for your dream wedding somewhere in the Shire. And if you’re in the proud pet parent club like us, you may be hoping your fur baby can join you at the altar.

It’s a lovely time when your fur baby, who has been part of your life, can be a part of your celebrations too! Most of us consider our pets family; it’s only natural to want them by our side when we say, “I do.”

But before you dream of your pet strutting down the aisle, there are some things you need to plan ahead. Here’s our guide to making that vision board wedding in Byron Bay a reality – complete with your precious pup or other pet.

 

The Quest for Pet-Friendly Venues

Natural landscapes, pristine beaches or the backdrop of lush hinterlands as you swirl in your pearl white wedding dress—Byron Bay offers all the flavors!

But which venues allow pets? That’s a factor many couples need to keep in mind when scouting for a pet-friendly venue. The good news? We’ve done the research for you. Check out our list below for pet friendly wedding venues in Byron Bay.

The bad news? With so many lovely spots, it’s a hard choice to pick just one.

Psst, we just love Byron View Farm which is renowned for its breathtaking views, generous choice of magical outdoor settings, and accommodating policies towards pets. 

 

Discuss the Specifications and the Fine Print 

Even if your venue advertise that they are pet-friendly, it’s essential to discuss specifics, such as areas designated for your pet, or areas they need to avoid and any other pet-related policies the venue may have, such as whether a professional pet sitter is required.

Most event managers are quite helpful so it’s a great idea to communicate your pet’s concerns and needs and ask any questions you may have prior to booking, so that you have plenty of time to make any necessary arrangements and decide how to structure your pet’s involvement. A good discussion will also help you understand how well-prepared and pet-accommodating the team really is.

You might also wish to ask them for recommendations for photographers and pet wedding attendants their team has already worked with.

 

Pet Weddings Attendants Byron Bay

While family and friends will be eager to enjoy the celebration, and even keep an eye on your pups, hiring a professional wedding attendant can provide peace of mind as well as free up your guests to just focus on relaxing and enjoying the celebrations. 

Most pet wedding attendants offer packages that include transport services to and from the venue, along with grooming and wedding attendant services. It’s a great way to pamper the pups and add a little extra treat for them, and know that they will be well cared-for over the whole period. 

But if you are on a budget, you might opt to hire a wedding attendant just for the duration of the event. 

First Class Pet Wedding Assistants and Wedding Paws in Byron Bay are excellent choices that offer a range of packages to suit your needs.

 

Plan a Curfew

Weddings are marathon events, not just for you but for your furry companions as well. To ensure your pet enjoys the day without getting overtired, plan a curfew.

As the day progresses, it’s important to recognise when your pet might need to step away from the festivities if they’re getting overstimulated from all of the people and different environment. If the venue has a quiet spot they can be taken for a walk and to let off steam as needed, this can be a wise tactic to employ.

Setting a specific time for your pet to be taken home allows them to rest and recover from the excitement of the day. It’s also a great idea if you plan to have loud celebrations like fireworks or music that may cause them stress. Designate this responsibility to whoever is looking after them (and letting them know they might need to be flexible if your pet is showing signs of having had enough earlier than planned) as you’ll have enough keeping you preoccupied already!

Bride and groom holding hands looking at pet dog in Byron Bay hinterland

Pet-friendly Accommodation for the Night

One thing many couples overlook is overnight accommodation for their pets. While you may understandably wish to party the night away, your pet might not be happy being left home alone and if your friends and family are out celebrating with you, you might be wondering what other options are available for your pets overnight.

Thankfully, many pet wedding attendants in Byron Bay offer additional services like overnight boarding along with pick-and-drop services. That way, your pup can leave the party and get some much-needed sleep in a safe space, while giving you the freedom to retreat to your room as late as you want.

 

Inform Your Guests

Next on your agenda, guests! This is one that can often be overlooked.

Giving your wedding guests a heads-up about your pet’s involvement in your wedding day can make a huge difference in how the event goes. Guests with allergies can take any necessary precautions, and any considerations to keep both kids and pets safe and happy can be put in place.

Therefore, be sure to include a note in your invitations or on your wedding website about your pet’s presence. This heads-up ensures everyone can enjoy their day comfortably, knowing a furry friend will be part of the festivities.

 

Assign Your Pet a Role

Giving your pet a specific role in your wedding not only keeps them engaged but also adds a unique and memorable touch to your celebration. Whether your pet is suited to be a ring bearer or a greeter, ensuring the role fits their temperament, the venue and format of the day is vital. 

This approach allows your pet to be an integral part of your wedding in a way that’s enjoyable for both them and your guests.

 

Preparing Your Pup for Your Pet-friendly Wedding Byron Bay

Going all out and having more than one canine at your event?

Great! The more, the merrier but, in the case of pup, also LOUDER!

The key to a successful dog-friendly wedding without any chaos and doggo-mischief? A set of rules and ensuring every one of them is on their best behaviour.

If you have multiple pups at the event, hire a pet wedding attendant for each one, especially if they are big dogs who tend to get excited and loud. That way, you’ll avoid turning your wedding into a family comedy show. 

Of course, a little training with basic commands like ‘sit’ and ‘heel’ can make a big difference. Make sure the dogs go on a walk before the event to drain all that pent-up energy. Also, make it a point to avoid triggers that tend to excite your dogs. 

All these little tricks can help train your dog to be comfortable in a crowd, ensuring they can handle the excitement without resorting to undesirable behaviours like begging for food, jumping on guests, chasing a stray bird or barking during the vows. 

Another great tip is to have your team meet your pets before the actual wedding so both of them are comfortable with each other on your big day!

We hope these tips have been useful. If you’re ready to start planning your pet-friendly wedding in Byron Bay, check out our list of venues and pet wedding assistants available in the area below.

Ready to start planning your dream Byron Bay wedding?

We’re here to help! We’ve done the research for you and rounded up the best Byron wedding venues and pet wedding attendants below so that you can plan your ideal day with your fur baby by your side.

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Pet-friendly wedding venues North Coast, Byron and Tweed Shires

Osteria pet friendly wedding venue

Osteria

Osteria is widely recognizes as one of the leading wedding venues in the Tweed Coast and Northern NSW. Nestled just a few hundred metres from the pristine Casuarina beaches, a short drive from the Gold Coast airport and 30 minutes north of the stunning Byron Bay, Osteria has fast become a beloved choice for weddings in the Tweed Coast region.

Accommodation on site
No
Capacity
Up to 200 people
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Summergrove Estate pet friendly wedding venue

Summergrove Estate

In search of an enchanting, European-style backdrop for your wedding day? Your search ends with Summergrove Estate. As one of Australia’s most charming and exclusive wedding venue, it’s a place where you and your guests won’t want to say goodbye. Whether you envision a romantic indoor chapel ceremony, an outdoor garden celebration in the hinterland, or a splendid barn reception, Summergrove Estate is here to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

Accommodation on site
Yes
Capacity
120-150 people
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Ancora pet friendly wedding venue

Ancora

Situated right on the waterfront, with stunning views of the picturesque Terranora Inlet in Tweed Heads, Ancora enjoys a prime location, just a short 10-minute drive from the Gold Coast airport and 5 minutes from the renowned beaches of Snapper Rocks and Rainbow Bay. Taking inspiration from the stylish beach clubs found along the Mediterranean coast, Ancora’s interiors make this place a truly one-of-a-kind offering for couples looking to get married at a coastal wedding venue.

Accommodation on site
No
Capacity
Up to 130 (seated) & 150 (cocktail)
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Mavis Kitchen pet friendly wedding venue

Mavis Kitchen

Tucked beneath the majestic Mt Warning, Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins provides an idyllic backdrop for your Tweed Valley wedding, conveniently located only 40 minutes from Gold Coast Airport. This rustic wedding venue features onsite accommodation, enless photo opportunities, delectable menus, and spectacular views of the wolrd heritage-listed rainforest.

Accommodation on site
Yes
Capacity
150 people
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Fig Tree Restaurant pet friendly wedding venue

Fig Tree Restaurant

Perched atop the first hill overlooking Byron Bay, Fig Tree Restaurant has become a renowned spot to indulge in exquisite dining, celebrate special occasions, and tie the knot, thanks to its expansive views of the ocean, manicured Mediterranean gardens, and the laid-back charm of Byron.

Accommodation on site
Yes
Capacity
100-150 people
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Byron View Farm pet friendly wedding venue

Byron View Farm

Byron View Farm stands out as unquestionably one of the most luxurious wedding locations in Australia, and as its name implies, it offers phenomenal views. Nestled atop a secluded hill’s summit, a wedding at Byron View Farm welcomes you to to almost 360-degree uninterrupted views across the hinterland and ocean stretch.

Accommodation on site
Yes
Capacity
60 people
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Hinterland House Byron Bay pet friendly wedding venue

Hinterland House Byron Bay

Getting married in a unique heritage homestead is like a dream come true for any bride. Hinterland House Byron Bay is an exceptional wedding venue that offers exclusive matrimonial services to couples. This remarkable property is blessed with abundant open spaces and well-manicured gardens, making it a perfect choice for garden-themed or outdoor wedding.

Accommodation on site
Yes
Capacity
Up to 150 people
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Pet wedding assistants North Coast, Byron and Tweed Shires

Wedding Paws

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Wedding Paws can help create several different packages to make your dreams come true. From transport of your beloved furry ones to your ceremony, dressing them in their wedding day finest and taking them for a pet sleep-over, Wedding Paws can make it happen!

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First Class Pet Wedding Assistants

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First Class Pet Wedding Assistants are a full service pet sitting, pet grooming and pet wedding attendant agency. Run by a team of vets, vet nurses, dog behaviourists and animal handlers, they offer a range of wedding and engagement packages to support your precious pup to be a part of your big day. Services include pet grooming and wedding attire, photography sessions, and honeymoon care options so you can be sure your dog will be well cared for before, during and after the big event.

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