For many of us, our dog are so much more than “man’s” best friend.” They’re part of our family/Friends and an integral part of our lives. It’s no wonder more and more couples are choosing to include their canine family members in their nuptials.
Alert your Guests and Vendors:
If you’re planning to having your pet walk down the aisle, choose your venue and vendors carefully. Remember, not everyone loves dogs as much as you.Many venues only allow service animals, and it’s not uncommon for people to be afraid of dogs, particularly large breeds. The best policy is to let everyone know your pup will be at the wedding.That way you can hire accordingly, and guests will know what to expect ahead of time.
When considering including your dog in your wedding ceremony, consider their personality first. It may add some comic relief if Fido goes and licks grandmas foot but if he starts barking or is prone to excessive nervousness, you may want to reconsider your plan.
However, if your dog is the best-behaved pet on the block, then you might want to make him your ring bearer, include her as a flower girl or even help escort you down the aisle. Whatever your pups role is, it’s a good idea to designate a handler that will be in charge of your dog at all times throughout the ceremony.
This will relieve any pressure you might feel to make sure that your dog behaves properly.
Designate someone to take your pup on a long walk before the ceremony so they are relaxed and have chance to go potty. Feed your dogs either in advance or at the end of the night and give them lots of opportunities to do their business before the event.
You don’t want to step in something unexpected as you make your way down the aisle, and your guests don’t want it either!
Although it is fun to have your dog for your wedding ceremony, you may not want him around when food is being served at the reception. Make sure that you have a back-up plan for dog sitting during the reception if you don’t plan on having someone take your pup home while you celebrating.
Have it be someone’s job to check on your sweet and possibly confused friend during the reception. Make sure ask ahead of time so you don’t need to get worried and wind up leaving your own reception.
Ask someone in the wedding party or a little sibling, cousin, etc.
To do you the flavor of letting him out, playing with him, and loving on him a little while his parents celebrate their new marriage.
Make it fun for your dog:
Consider handing out treats guests can give to your dog for tricks or good behavior. Your dog wrangler can help your pet interact with guests, and make sure your pooch gets all the care she needs to enjoy your wedding day.
Ideas on How To Include Your Dog in Your Wedding:
Be creative with how to include your dog in the wedding. Typical jobs for both big and small breeds include:
- Flower Dog: Your dog can carry a bouquet of flowers or basket of petals in his mouth. Just try to avoid flowers toxic to dogs, such as hydrangeas and azaleas. Too hard for Fido? You can always attach a basket to his collar.
- Ring Bearer: You can find pillows that tie to dog collars, or simply attach the rings to the collar itself with ribbon or other decorative material.
- Bridesmaid or Best Man: There are many options for dressing all sizes of dogs as well as beautiful floral neck wreaths.
Rehearse as much as you can with your dog before the big day and leave ample time to practice during the actual rehearsal so that you dog (and his or her handler) knows exactly what to do and when to do it.