The “Grooms Dog” Einstein was a very active participant in Marisa and Patrick’s wedding day. I was truly impressed by his participation — Which is huge because I am not really a “dog person.”

But I think Marisa and Patrick got it right.

Noted below are some steps that Marisa and Patrick took to ensure that their dog, Einstein, was a good wedding guest. And I believe these steps made a difference for everyone at the wedding reception.

  1. Like babies, dogs are not aware that they should be quiet during the wedding ceremony, so only allow your dog to participate if s/he is relaxed in front of a large group of people. It will be difficult for guests to hear the ceremony over a barking dog.
  2. Give your dog a bath shortly before your wedding day. This will help minimize dander reaction for your wedding guests (or wedding planners!) with allergies.
  3. If you decide to dress the dog in a “Tux” like Einstein’s, try it on him or her for an afternoon to ensure that s/he is comfortable in it. Again, a comfortable dog is much more relaxed.
  4. Make sure that your dog is fed and walked prior to the ceremony.
  5. Assign someone to take care of your dog throughout your wedding day
  6. Check with the venue beforehand to ensure that you are permitted to bring your dog on-site.
  7. Consider using a leash during parts of the wedding ceremony or reception.


Marisa and Patrick (and Einstein), thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your special day! When we come to NYC, we are on for lunch!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photo: Jason Knauer Photography)