Doves and butterflies have long been part of weddings, but what about dogs? More couples are opting to include their furry friends in their special day. Before you grab the diamond collar for your pooch, here are some things to consider:
No Dogs Allowed. Check with your ceremony and reception venues for approval early in the planning process. Fido might be allowed for an outdoor ceremony, but not in the sanctuary of your church. The venue may require proof of shots prior to the event date. You may have to pay an additional fee for cleaning or security deposits as well.
Pet temperament. Your wedding day is a flurry of activity. If you dog is skittish, your wedding may not be his best place; you don’t want barking from your pet during your vows. Your dog should be well-trained and friendly to take part in your wedding day.
Pet Handler. While it’s great to have your dog with you, you don’t want to spend your day dealing with what Scooby will doo. Ask a trusted friend to assist you with keeping your dog watered, fed and cleaned up after. Make sure it is someone who is familiar with your dog and knows the commands he responds to.
Man’s bestman? Dogs are doing more than watching their owners exchange vows; some are part of the bridal party! Dogs can also act as the ring bearer by attaching rings to their collar. If you choose to do so, make sure someone is minding the rings and they don’t accidentally get ingested. You can purchase pet specific ring pillows that Velcro to his collar.
Pets and Petals. If you plan to involve your dog in your wedding day, be sure to let your florist know. Some petals can be potentially harmful to your pet.
Ready for their closeups. If your dog will be part of your wedding day, a trip to the groomers may be in order. Loose hairs and long nails can wreak havoc on your wedding dress.
PUParazzi. Many couples elect to have their dog join them on their wedding day for photos, before or after the ceremony, and then return home. A nice dog treat keeps them happy at home. Do remember to make arrangements to let them out for “nature breaks”.
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