“I Do Too” – How We Included Da Pup in Our Wedding

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Our wedding day wouldn’t have been complete without our dog by our side saying “I Do Too”.

The day we got engaged, I remember looking over at our pup and seeing the happiness written all over his face. He obviously didn’t know what was going on, but he was happy to be surrounded by so many people, food, and music. The moment I said “yes” is also the moment I realized how much I loved my dog.

I was always one of those people that would judge other people who loved their pets like humans. The first day I met Chapo when I picked him up, I could have sworn I made the worst mistake of my life. He kept whining on the drive back to Austin because I had him in a little crate in the back. Halfway home, I pulled over to the side and took him out of the crate. I placed him on my lap and started driving again. He cuddled up and put his little head in this little “cave” spot in between my arm and the seat belt. My heart melted and I fell in love.

Fast forward to wedding planning. As soon as I started planning, I knew that I wanted to include our dog in our wedding. He has become one of the most important parts of our life together, so I wanted to make sure to have him by our side at the altar. I started researching ways to include him and even made a Pinterest board dedicated to all things “wedding dog” related. Thankfully, there were a lot of resources and ideas out there to make it easier to find ways to include our pup in all the wedding glory.

There are SO MANY ways to include your pet in your big day! Be sure to do some research, make an Etsy account, and to Pin as many ideas during your wedding planning process.


Here is how we included El Chapo in our wedding!

Included him in our engagement photos.

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Vaughn Luciano Photography
"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Vaughn Luciano Photography

Got ready together and did the “first look” picture with him.

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Valerie Schmitz
"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Valerie Schmitz

Invited him to the ceremony. 

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Ro John Photography

Gave him a special job as ring bearer.

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Ro John Photography

When we decided to have Chapo as the ring bearer, I started doing research like crazy to make sure that the rings would be secure when pup walked down the aisle. I was able to find the perfect package on Etsy from PoppyParkerMarket. I got the matching Collar, Bow Tie, Leash, Metal Buckle, and the Ring Attachment. It was PERFECT! It was super easy to put the rings in and take them off.


Dressed him up in a doggie tux. 

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Ro John Photography

I was SUPER IMPRESSED when I received the doggie tux from Amazon. I had ordered one from another site initially and it did not fit him. Not even close. So, I was super annoyed and didn’t want to order another one. But Amazon came through like they always do. Haha Chapo ended up fitting in the XXX-Large (he is 55 lbs just for your reference).


Had a pet-inspired cake topper.

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina
Photo by: Valerie Schmitz

I was SUPER EXCITED when I found this cake topper on Etsy. AllForWeddingStudio was amazing and even custom made this one for me and added the pup.


Had a Snapchat filter for the ceremony and reception.

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina

I am a HUGE Snapchat fan. I make filters for everything. I really wanted to have a filter featuring Chapo. I found the PERFECT design on Etsy and ordered from Snapchappy on Etsy.

Hope you all loved seeing all the ways we included our pup in our wedding!!

You can see more wedding day photos on Facebook HERE.


What was your favorite thing we included Chapo in?

Did you include your pet in your wedding? Favorite part of including them in the wedding?

Do you plan on including your pet in your wedding? What is one thing you hope to include them in?

"I Do Too" - How I Included Da Pup in Our Wedding - The Nueva Latina