Recently, an adorable video of a women in a wedding dress dancing what was presumably the “first dance,” canine edition, with her adorable dog surfaced on the internet.

This display of affection got the LTEC team thinking about the best ways to incorporate your four-legged best friends into your Big Day without being cliché or having a minor accident.

First, everyone knows there is nothing more adorable than a dog in a tuxedo (or tuxedo collar) – FACT. With that in mind, the easiest way to get your pup or other animal involved is through the photographer. If you’re not getting ready at a house or private residence, there are a number of pet-friendly hotels around the city – see our list below – note however that many charge a fee if Fido is staying overnight. Either way, you can use this opportunity to have your furry friend in your before pictures or the more formal ones with you and your bridal party once you’ve gotten all dolled up.

Outside of the photography, including your pet in the ceremony can be a little trickier. Many locations may not allow pets, it’s important to make sure this is an option with your venue before bringing along your furry family member. However, if it’s an option, we suggest limiting your pup’s part to the ceremony and having a designated puppy patrol officer to ensure all goes well and to bring your pet safely home. This ensures not only that everyone can relax after your pet’s moment in the spotlight, but also — you still get to enjoy your pet’s company during the important parts of your Big Day.

We don’t necessarily suggest including your pet on your wedding day, mainly due to myriad issues that could arise from certain bathroom incidents or scrapes and tears here and there. Alternatively, we propose including your pet in the engagement or save the date photos. This way your best friend is part of the memories made that day, and you’ve avoided the opportunity for unfortunate accidents.



Pet-Friendly Hotels:

Ace Hotel

600 Carondelet St., 504-900-1180


Royal Sonesta

300 Bourbon St., 504-586-0300


Omni Royal Orleans

621 St Louis St., 504-529-5333


Loews Hotel

300 Poydras St., 504-595-3300


Hotel Indigo

2203 St Charles Ave., 504-522-3650


Old No. 77 Hotel

535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-527-5271


Windsor Court Hotel

300 Gravier St., 855-264-1283


Hotel Monteleone

214 Royal St., 504-523-3341


The Roosevelt

130 Roosevelt Way, 504-648-1200


Catahoula Hotel

914 Union St., 504-603-2442