Vicariously Catie Photography

Vicariously Catie Photography

1. Talk to your Venue

Not all venues will allow animals on site, so before you book in your “flower pup” or “ring dog,” consult your site manager. Maybe you can have an outdoor ceremony with your pet present then send her back home with a pet sitter, or perhaps there’s somewhere on site where your dog can relax and nap during the reception. Communication is key at a pet-friendly wedding!

2. Pet's Personality

Is your dog obedient and talented? Friendly and welcoming? More of a shy guy? Before assigning a starring role to your furry friend, consider your pet’s personality and the best place for him at your wedding. Maybe he’d be a great greeter, or if she’s a show-off, consider having her come down the aisle (with a bridesmaid or groomsman, of course!) with your rings attached to her collar. There are lots of ways to include your pet in your wedding, just be sure the animal will be comfortable enough to perform.


3. Choose a role for your pet

If you decide that your pet will do well at your wedding, now is the time to assign her a role. If you want to put him in a costume, be sure he tries it on several times in advance of the big day and doesn’t scratch at it, whine, or try to take it off. When choosing a role for your pet, consider the length of time your animal will be “on,” so to speak: If you want your pet with you at the altar, you might want to put a favorite nap pillow or chew toy (non-squeaky!) up where the bridal party will stand. If your pet is a bit more active, you may want to have him greeting guests in an open space before your “I dos.”


5. Talk to your photographer

Your photographer will need to know that you’re having a pet at your wedding in order to plan shots accordingly, and your caterer, band, florist and other vendors will be grateful for the heads-up about your pet-friendly wedding.


5. Hire a pet sitter

This is a must. You will not have time to tend to your pet’s every need on the big day (trust us, you’ll be busy!) so whether you hire a younger relative who knows your animal well or a professional pet sitter, be sure there’s someone assigned to care for Fido at your wedding. Your pet sitter can even be the one to take your animal home early or to your pet-friendly hotel room after her starring moment has passed.

Lastly, all we can say is practice and remember treats always make your pet happy! 


Vicariously Catie Photography

Vicariously Catie Photography

8 Secrets to Making your Guest Think Your Wedding was the BEST Ever!

Let's start by saying it's all about your guest! Yes, I know it's your wedding day and you've waited for this perfect day to finally be here. But let's remember you've asked family and close friends to join you and they have made multiple efforts in spending this day with you. So to make sure they have a fabulous time at your wedding, it's worth remembering some of the following tips. 

Photo: Ashley Freehana Photography

Photo: Ashley Freehana Photography

  1. Don't bore your guests with a long list of photos during cocktail hour. Although it's a special time for you, try not to leave your guests standing outside, hungry and thirsty, while the photographer snaps away. Have a glass of Champagne waiting for them and a few appetizers.

2 .Standing around in the cold, wet or sun blazing outside the venue for 30 minutes  waiting for the ceremony to start, it isn't that much fun. It also sets a tone and not the tone you want either.


3.If you're not going to have a load of singles at your wedding, then it's thoughtful to offer a plus one on the invitation.


4. On the other hand, a singles table or two could be a massive success. Singles tend not to want to sit amongst married couples. And you never know who will hit it off with whom!


5. Don't let the speeches go on and on. You may think it's absolutely hilarious for your father to regale your guests with stories of what you did as a child and the best man to relive his experiences with the bridegroom but you may see your guests getting restless. Short, sweet and entertaining is the best way.


6. Don't hold back on food and wine. Make sure your guest get plenty of food and open bar all night! 


7. Having a chill-out zone is always a good plan. If you're having dancing, some people may want to catch up and chat somewhere a bit quieter. So lay tea and coffee on somewhere (with wedding cake) that's away from the dance floor.


8. Send your thank-you letters out promptly. It costs quite a bit of money to be a wedding guest nowadays, what with the travel to the venue, probably an overnight stay, an outfit, the bachelorette party and of the course, the wedding gift.


The key is, to not forget about the experience as the guest! 


Check out our Photographers: Ashley Freehana Photography  https://www.facebook.com/ashleyfreehanphotography/?fref=mentions

Fall Wedding Planning

Were only two days away from fall and if you are anything like us – you can’t wait to lite your pumpkin candles and enjoy the cooler weather! Let’s talk about fall weddings and all the essentials you will need to make your wedding the ultimate fall wedding.



Fall nights can get a little chilly- keep guest feeling cozy with warm lighting! Candles and tinted lights can make a huge difference. At The Wright House we offer heaters at no extra charge to help keep your guest toasty.



Turn your guestbook into displayable art! Create a tree template and let guest use their fingerprints to create leaves! Then they can sign their own “leaf”



Embrace your rustic side with wooden décor! This trendy look pairs great with vibrant fall leaves and bright blossom!



Looking for a fun way to incorporate autumn into your wedding favor? Consider s’mores to go or late night snack at the wedding- perfect for the season!


Outdoor Ideas

There’s no denying the outdoors are beautiful in fall, embrace he season with a sparkler send of or dinner outside in the garden.

The key is to embrace Fall by bringing in elements of fall into your wedding.