Pet-friendly weddings: Perth City Guide

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How to Plan a Fun and Memorable Pet-Friendly Wedding in Perth

Planning your big day in Perth and want to make it unforgettable for every member of your family, especially the four-legged ones?

After all, incorporating your beloved pet into your wedding doesn’t just add a touch of warmth and family; it makes the day truly yours. 

So yes, we understand the importance of having your furry friend by your side. But it’s not as simple as just showing up with them at the venue. You need to plan and make arrangements so you and your little buddy can have a fun and memorable day!

That’s why we’ve put together some tips and tricks, plus a 5-step plan, to ensure a smooth and pet-friendly wedding in Perth. 

From logistics, and styling, to making sure your pet feels as special as you do, we’ve got it all covered. Get ready to make your wedding day a memorable affair, not just for you and your partner, but for your fur babies as well.

Step 1: A Pet-Friendly Wedding Venue

Finding the perfect pet-friendly wedding venue in Perth is the first step to ensuring your day is inclusive of your furry friend. Fortunately, Perth has some great options, including beautiful outdoor settings, such as gardens with pop-up marquees, that welcome pets and offer ample space for them to roam and be part of your celebration. 

However, don’t overlook indoor and hotel venues; many are becoming more pet-friendly, providing special accommodations for your pets.

Planning Tip: Details Matter

Focus on key features that include open areas for walks or quiet spaces where your pets can retreat when the festivities become overwhelming. Similarly, avoid locations with strong citrus smells (dogs are not fans.)

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We love Masonmill for its breathtaking garden settings and ample outdoor space that is ideal for you and your energetic pups.

Step 2: Prepare Your Pet

Well, you love the venue but does your pup feel the same way? You don’t want to wait until the day of the wedding to learn his views, which is why preparation is key. This does not mean that you let Milo pick the venue. But once you’ve said yes to the one, visit it with him to see how he reacts to the place. It might take a few visits to get him comfortable.  

These visits are also the ideal time to define rules and ensure your pet’s comfort and good behaviour on your big day. Take the opportunity to let your dog sniff about and familiarize himself with the place when you’re more relaxed, and identify if you might need any further training in preparation for the event. 

You can also use the drop in to find spots they’d prefer to rest in on the day of the wedding. For example, a cosy corner at the venue can have their bed, favourite toy, and a non-spill water bowl where they can hang out during the event. This safe and comfortable retreat ensures they remain hydrated and happy throughout the event.

 

Step 3: Hire Pet Wedding Attendants Perth

Your pup gets to bring a plus one to the wedding! Only, you get to decide who that plus one is. While a friend may be willing to take on the task, it’s smarter and easier to hire pet wedding attendants in Perth.

Services like Wedding Tails WA specialise in pet care during weddings, ensuring your dog is well-cared for, fed, and hydrated. 

They can also manage your pet’s participation in the wedding and tackle transport, grooming and even helping your pups pose for photos during your photoshoot. Other pre- and post-wedding services include drop-offs, walks before and after the event and even overnight board if you decide to stay back and party!

Not only does it leave you stress-free to enjoy your wedding day, but even your pet gets undivided attention and lots of human love from a dog person!

It’s a win-win!

Step 4: Teach your Old Dog New Tricks

Give your dog a starring role in your wedding by making them the “Best Dog” or “Flower Dog.” This is not just a cute addition to your ceremony; it’s a way to show the significance of your furry friend in your life. 

Dress them up to match the wedding party. This role is perfect for dogs who love to be at the centre of attention, allowing them to parade down the aisle with grace. They can either lead the procession or walk alongside the bridesmaids or groomsmen, providing an unforgettable moment for you and your guests.

Planning Tip: Consider Your Dog’s Personality 

Incorporating your dog into your wedding requires thoughtful consideration of their personality and comfort. Whether they’re happily mingling with guests or playing a specific role in the ceremony, what matters most is including them in a way that feels right for you and your pet.

If your dog is the type who prefers constant movement, consider integrating a quiet walk with your partner and your dog right after the ceremony. This allows your dog to stretch their legs and enjoy a moment of peace away from the crowd. 

Plus, it provides a perfect opportunity for your photographer to capture beautiful, candid shots of you all together. Make sure this mini-walk is planned with your photographer to ensure it fits seamlessly into your wedding timeline.

Step 5: Manage your Dog’s Safety

One crucial aspect of including your dog in your wedding is teaching them to navigate safely around food and decorations. That open buffet or balloon bouquet might just be too tempting for your curious pup. 

Start by reinforcing commands that prevent your dog from begging for food or jumping up on tables or settings that could fall. Make sure whoever is responsible for them on the day is aware of potential triggers and out of bounds areas. Additionally, liaise with your florist and your venue to ensure any flowers and plants used in your wedding décor are not toxic to dogs. 

Planning Tip: Potential Hazards

Part of your pet-friendly checklist should include making sure there are no potential hazards in the venue. Some common wedding flowers, such as lilies and tulips, can be harmful if ingested by pets, so make sure you either skip those or have the pet wedding attendant keep a strict eye on your pup for the duration of the event. 

Taking these precautions helps protect your dog, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the celebration without worry.

And that’s it. The five steps to planning a fun and memorable pet-friendly wedding in Perth. Now go out there, and dance the night away!

Ready to start planning your dream Perth wedding?

We’re here to help! We’ve done the research for you and rounded up the best Perth 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 Perth

Masonmill Cafe and Bar pet friendly wedding venue

Masonmill

Masonmill, situated a mere 25-minute drive from Perth city, is nestled amidst the peaceful Carmel Jarrah forest, encompassing ten acres of vibrant gardens. This versatile event venue accommodates various types of weddings and provides an ideal and lush setting to host your special day.

Accommodation on site
No
Capacity
60-160 people depending on event space
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Pet wedding assistants Perth

Walks & Borks

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With a qualified fear free IMDT trainer, fully insured & first aid certified as your pet chaperone, Walks and Borks will handle everything pet-related so you don’t have to worry about a thing on your special day. From helping to get your dog ready to taking your woofer home to relax so you and your crew can hit that D floor all night long, Walks and Borks is just what you need.

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Wedding Tails WA

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Led by a qualified and experienced Vet Nurse, Wedding Tails WA meticulously oversees every aspect of your furry companions’ participation on your special day, ensuring their utmost comfort and joy throughout the celebration. Their services include transportation, photo and ceremony assistance, pup chaperoning, dressing & styling pup, and much more.

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