You have a special four legged friend in your life…why not include them in your big day? Maybe you and your signif adopted that pet together and they are your family. If you can’t picture tying the knot without their presence to witness it all, DO IT. Just make sure to follow some tips and tricks down below to incorporate them smoothly and successfully.
Make sure your venue is pet-friendly. This. Is. Huge. Don’t expect to just show up on the day-of with Fido dressed in his best suit and tie and expect it to be ok. Not all venues accept pets! Make sure your planner discusses it with your venue and makes sure that it isn’t only accepted, but planned for.
Hire or designate a handler. There are services out there for this! Hire them. If you have a friend who is genuinely willing to assign themselves to pet sitting during the ceremony, that can also be an option. Just make sure they want to and aren’t doing it out of obligation. If they are attending your wedding, it’s to celebrate your marriage and they have to understand they might miss out on some big wedding moments if they are caring for your pet. Make sure they know what they are signing up for and excited to do it.
As well behaved as your sweet baby might be, weddings are a brand new space for them full of a ton of different faces and generally loud. You don’t want your pet to be nervous or stressed out. Include them in your ceremony and photos, but I encourage you to keep them out of your reception. You don’t want them to be overwhelmed because when you love them so much, this will ultimately overwhelm you too. Have them in those precious moments and then let them go relax back home in their comfortable environment.
Everyone loves to see your furry child walk down the aisle with your rings, a cute sign, or accompanying the flower girls. Make sure you get them groomed and accessorized properly! Consider a cute bow, floral leash, or even a wedding outfit! Whatever it is, let it represent your fam!
Rehearse. Treats. Repeat. Make sure you walk them through their day-of duties. Take the time to train them well beforehand to make sure they can perform whatever role you’ve given them.
Be considerate of your bridal party. Make sure the important humans of your day know your plans to include your pet. Some may be allergic and you have to give them the time to plan accordingly or this might make your forego bringing your pet all together.
If wedding day is just impossible to include them in but it’s still important to you, incorporate your baby in alternative ways. Include them on your Save The Date cards, capture them in photos with you during your engagement session, or have them on your cake topper.
Lastly, just remember this day is yours. Let it represent you. If that means bringing along the hairiest members of the household, do it. Just make sure you are being respectful of your pet, your guests, and yourselves. Let it only add to your wedding day.