These Luxury Wedding Venues Welcome Pets
So apparently, including your pet at your wedding is a thing. My cat would surely be disdainful of any such invitation, but that’s just my family situation. For many people, pets are among the easier relationships we have with our loved ones.
I couldn’t find hard statistics about how many weddings involve dogs – or cats, llamas or any of the other creatures I’ve heard play a part in nuptials. But anecdotally, it seems there’s a been a sharp rise in pet participation the past few years. So much so that doggie spa menus, pet room service and pet concierges are popping up. That doesn’t mean it’s simple to find a luxury venue that will cater to your pet-inclusiveness. Here are seven that are openly welcoming paws for weddings.
Cape Coral, Fla: The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River and San Carlos Bay. In addition to letting your pet play the part of ring bearer, your pet even can get an entree at the reception from the resort’s pet menu. On offer: filet mignon and veggies and desserts with berries and bacon. Pets can party with their beloved owners and enjoy room service the next morning along with Westin’s signature Heavenly Pet Treatment, which includes an oversized pillow for a pet bed and bowls with a floor mat.
Maui Hawaii: Offering an ocean-side setting well-suited for ceremonies overlooking the water Merriman’s Kapalua lets you tie the knot with pets in tow. With panoramic ocean views of Kapalua Bay, Lanai and Molokai as well as the Maui sunset, Merriman’s Kapalua accommodates wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and daytime buyouts perfect for all bridal parties and guests.
Miami Beach: W South Beach offers more than 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor pet-friendly event space, including its new Grove, perfect for an al fresco wedding. Wedding guests with pets can take advantage of the hotel’s exclusive Pets Are Welcome (PAW) Program – a service deigned to treat four-legged friends to the same level of luxurious service as their masters. Upon arrival, pets receive a pet toy, treat, W Hotels pet tag, clean-up bags and details about the hotel’s Whatever/Whenever pet services, as well as an exclusive W Hotels pet bed, food and water bowl with floor mat.
New York City: Boasting two spacious rooms for nuptials, the recently opened Crowne Plaza HY36 is carving its Manhattan niche as a pet-friendly hotel (it even has a mascot, Wellington the Frenchie). Welcoming a brand new outdoor patio and beer garden with retractable roof this spring, the restaurant TGA features an 80-foot ceiling and offers a relatively new venue on the west side of midtown for newlyweds looking to spend their special day with those canines that matter most.
Nassau, Bahamas: Situated along the sparkling white sand beaches of Cable Beach, couples who want a destination wedding that includes pets can take advantage of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar’s pet-friendly guestrooms and private outdoor event space. Non-residents can bring cats and dogs to the island nation, but some prep work is needed. The Bahamian government requires a vet health certificate, including proof of a rabies shot, and a completed import permit, along with a $10 processing fee.
Finger Lakes, New York: In the picturesque Finger Lakes area of central New York, the Ithaca-based La Tourelle Resort & Spa is an expansive destination for couples that want to ensure their furry friends are by their side on the big day. The hotel has 70 acres of greenery, ponds and gazebos, so the grounds have excellent backdrops for an intimate or grand wedding ceremony amidst this well-regarded eastern wine region.
Key Largo, Fla: The Hilton Key Largo Resort is refreshing its look and relaunching as the Baker’s Cay Resort as part of the company’s Curio Collection of unique, upscale properties. The property, which reopens in the fall of this year, will feature beachside doggie tikis as exclusive ceremony seating for and custom pet bowties for pups to be a part of the beachside ceremony. For humans, the property will have 15,000 square feet of waterfront event space for up to 400 guests.