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10 Best Wedding Venues with Fido

A growing number of couples are opting to include their best friend in their special day at hotel wedding venues that welcome dogs.

By Paris Permenter and John Bigley

You’ve dreamed of your wedding day for years—a time to celebrate your love with your special someone, surrounded by family, friends, and, for a growing number of couples, Fido. To make sure that your dog is part of this milestone, many hotels are welcoming dogs to join the wedding couple for their stay and even for the ceremony itself. Dogs are now serving as ring bearers, groomsmen, maids of honor, and even flower girls, creating priceless Instagrammable events and bonding experiences for the wedding guests. And, for the wedding couple, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn one of the best parts of every dog lover’s day—a dog walk—into a dog walk down the aisle.

Talk about a one-stop shop for your wedding: not only does this 25-room boutique hotel offer beautiful backdrops for weddings ranging from succulent gardens to the scenic beach- front lawn but the hotel’s owner is also an ordained minister who performs wedding ceremonies. Built up on a knoll overlooking the scenic central California coast, the single-story inn starts every day with breakfast baskets for each guest room (and watch for freshly-baked dog treats in the afternoon!) Cambria Shores Inn, 6276 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria, CA 93428; (805) 927-8644;

Like a Mediterranean-style villa centered around a beautiful piazza, the Dry Creek Inn welcomes travelers with dogs to its Fido-friendly Casa Siena Rooms and designated Villa Toscana Rooms. The Villa Toscana, currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, is the perfect choice for wedding couples thanks to its gas replaces and private balconies or patios that open out to the central piazza. Guests will find a steam room and sauna, whirlpool, cozy seating areas and more for relaxing after the wedding day. Couples needing large event space for their “I do”s will find the Krug Event Center located on the property.

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