It's real, it's happening... you're planning the wedding of your dreams and working through your list of 'must haves'. Whether this list is big or small, there's one think for sure - your dog is invited!
Our beloved canine friends are there for us through everything, so of course, they should definitely be there for the best day of your life?
We're asked all the time if our venue is dog friendly for weddings and our answer is, absolutely! (by agreement of the bride and groom of course). But for your own wedding, the sky is the limit and we'll help you guarantee your dog can be present for your wedding, for as much or as little you'd like!
Here are our top tips for creating the ultimate dog friendly wedding:
Share your wishes
It's definitely worth letting your wedding coordinator know you'll be including your dog in the celebrations before the wedding. With your wedding schedule in mind, it will be easier to figure out the important parts of your day that you would like to be dog friendly, as well as smoothing out any details to make the arrangements as smooth as possible. You might also want to notify your guests that you'll be bringing your dog along and clarify for them whether you are happy for other dogs to come along too.
Work with your dog's personality
Weddings are busy, noisy, exciting and THE BEST THING EVER.. but they are also overwhelming sometimes. Nobody knows your dog better than you or how will they react to different aspects of your wedding day and chances are they will love meeting everyone and being surrounded by new smells and sights, but be realistic about how much they will enjoy and any aspects they won't, like large crowds, sparklers, children petting them etc.
Get help from family & friends
Your wedding day is a whirlwind of celebrations with so many people to see and fun things to do, so if friends or family offer to look after your dog throughout the day, definitely take them up on it! They can make sure your dog is happy, settled and somewhere comfortable for some essential downtime from all the partying.
Choose your venue wisely
A venue with accommodation, exclusive hire and away from busy roads, these are all really useful additions to a venue when you're hoping for a dog friendly wedding. Large, open spaces for your dog to run wild and play safely are a huge plus and means a calmer and all-round happier dog on your wedding day.
Make sure your potential venue has somewhere quiet and out the way for your dog relax in. When the evening draws in, things get noisier and the drinks really start flowing, it's a relief to know there's somewhere for your dog to stay and relax away from the crowds and partying.
Make the most of photos
Let your photographer know your dog is attending the wedding, as well as any specific photos you would like them to feature in and they can get the very best out of the setup. For excitable or super chilled out dogs, you might need treats, toys or somebody on hand to help keep their attention for the photos.
Exploring Cornwall, one glass at a time
You don't have to look far in Cornwall to find beautiful scenery, secret hideaways or hidden gems, no matter where you are in the county, but add a refreshing glass of English wine and an enticing Cornish menu to the setting, could there be anything more perfect?
Here's a selection of our favourite spots throughout Cornwall to enjoy a glass of Knightor with cracking views and delicious local produce.
The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
Take a day trip exploring the Roseland Peninsular and explore the picturesque villages and secret coves before rounding off the day with a visit to The Idle Rocks Restaurant in St Mawes.
Complete with a beautiful waterfront location and a delectable menu of French & Asian influences, the restaurant was recently named 'Best Restaurant' in the Trencherman's Guide 2018, as well as 'Best Dine & Stay Experience' for this year's Trencherman's Guide.
We recommend: Knightor Vintage 2011
A special wine for a special occasion, just 2000 bottles of this English sparkling wine were made and where better to enjoy this elegant bubbly than in St Mawes?
The Pandora Inn, nr Falmouth
With a long jetty extending onto Restronguet Creek and a cosy 13th century building complete with thatched roof, flagstone floors and low-beamed ceilings, the The Pandora Inn has it all, whatever the season!
We recommend: Knightor Madeleine Angevine
A wonderful English alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, combine our Madeleine Angevine with delicate white meats, fish, creamy cheeses and salads - you'll be in heaven!
Penrose Kitchen, nr Truro
On the outskirts of Truro lies Penrose Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant serving the very best local and homegrown produce. Enjoy a glass of Knightor wine and relax into the surrounding Cornish landscape, tranquil lily ponds and water garden.
We recommend: Knightor Classic Cuvée White
A fun and fruity blend well suited to the tranquil setting and delicious produce of Penrose Kitchen.
Sardine Factory, Looe
Having recently won their place in the Michelin Guide 2020, The Sardine Factory is one to watch and definitely one to explore when visiting Looe. With a stunning waterside location and a strong Cornish heritage translated through their ethos, menus and styles, their fresh, seafood dishes are a perfect match for Knightor wines.
We recommend: Madeleine Angevine 2016
It's always a delight when wine is an excellent match to other local produce and that's exactly true for our light and delicate Madeleine Angevine. Cornish mackerel or skate - the perfect pairing!
Bin Two, Padstow
Located in the heart of Padstow's bustling centre, this independent wine merchant is a treasure trove of wine and a must visit when exploring North Cornwall's secret coves, harbour villages and striking landscapes. With an impressive selection of wines by the glass and irresistible tapas dishes of local produce, you'll easily while away a couple of hours at this harbour hotspot, Bin Two.
We recommend: Carpe Diem White
This English example of a Vinho Verde is just the thing for a sunny afternoon, sitting harbourside with nibbles and a cool glass, watching Padstow go by. Who needs Portugal..?
Fistral Beach Hotel, Newquay
Complete with jaw-dropping ocean views and an enviable setting on Newquay's scenic coastline, foodies and adventures alike will be in seventh heaven at the Dune Restaurant of Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa. What could be better than a coastal inspired menu, with the Atlantic beside you and a glass of crisp Cornish wine to compliment?
We recommend: Madeleine Angevine 2016
Incredibly light and delicate in body with good acidity and ripe flavours, this blend is great with spicier dishes.
The Rock Inn, Rock
Just across the estuary from Padstow lies Rock, a beautiful village inspired by the white, sandy dunes and plentiful local produce surrounding it. Tucked right in the centre you'll find The Rock Inn, a hub of great local food with a sea-view balcony and great menu to boot!
We recommend: Madeleine Angevine 2016/201
Sipping on a cool glass of this after rounding off a day of Cornish adventures, what more could you want? Pair with local white fish, creamy cheeses from Cornwall or balanced with a fresh, summer salad - it's fantastic!
Le Vignoble, Bath and Plymouth
Now we know this one isn't Cornwall, but Le Vignoble is well worth a visit when exploring Plymouth or Bath and is a treasure trove for learning and experiencing wines from England and across the world.
From their central city locations, you can take a tasting, enjoy authentic tapas dishes, experience a wine talk or shop wines, guided by their knowledgable team.
We recommend: Knightor Mena Hweg
Inspired by the great wines of Germany, our Mena Hweg marries flavours of apple, sherbet and citrus to create an easy-drinking, balanced wine that's great with summer sunshine and mild evenings in the city.
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