Pets at your wedding: should you or shouldn’t you? What are some ways you can incorporate your pets into your special day, either by having them there physically or in other ways?
In today’s post, we will touch on some important things to consider, as well as our favorite ideas for including your pet on your wedding day!
In making the decision whether to have your pet at the ceremony or not, consider their temperament. You want your dog to be happy and safe throughout the day, but of course, not all dogs are created equal, and you know your dog’s temperament and comfort level best. How will they handle the crowds, noise, and excitement of the ceremony? Are they likely to jump on guests (or the wedding dress!)?
Some dogs are really well-behaved at home when they are in their own space, but once you get them out in public, they get scared and unpredictable. The smells, the new people, and all of the excitement are just too much for them.
If you think your pet will be uncomfortable or scared at the wedding, there are plenty of ways to incorporate them into your day while letting them stay in their familiar space at home; you’ll find our favorites below.
Before deciding anything, ask your venue if your pet is allowed on their property. Some venues prefer not to allow dogs at all, while others will allow them outside for the ceremony but not inside for the reception.
For more tips on what to ask your venue, read this post for 9 things to consider before booking it!
You’re including your pet in the ceremony; that’s great! The bond between an owner and their dog is significant, and having your pet be part of your wedding can add a special touch. Here are a few ideas for including them directly in the ceremony:
We have even seen the couple have the flower girl ride down the aisle on a pony!
During the wedding, you have a lot going on! As nice as it is to have your pet be a part of the day, you and your partner want to focus on each other, not on the necessary pet care. We recommend passing that responsibility on to someone else so you two can relax and enjoy every part of your day.
There are companies that will send someone out to take care of your pet, or if you prefer to have someone familiar look after them, you can ask a neighbor or family member.
This person you choose can be in charge of bringing the dog in at the right time and making sure they are leashed when they are not going down the aisle.
And while it might work well to have your dog hang out for the remainder of the day, it can get stressful. If you think that might be the case for you, arrange to have someone bring the dog back home after the ceremony so they can be in their comfort zone and you can concentrate on the rest of your day!
You love your dog or cat, but in many cases, it just isn’t realistic to have your pet physically at your wedding. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be a big part of the day, though! We have seen some truly creative and fun ideas over the years, and most of them are fairly simple to coordinate. Include your pet on your wedding day by:
We’ve even seen lifesize cutouts of cats at the reception! It was such a cute idea, and the guests used them for some really fun photo opportunities throughout the night.
The only limit to including your pet in your wedding is your imagination! Everyone that knows you will know that your pet is a big part of your life and will love seeing those little touches around the wedding.
Including your pet on your wedding day is a wonderful and adorable idea because let’s face it, our pets are part of the family, and leaving them out just feels wrong.
Remember, it’s your day. Don’t let someone talk you out of something you have your heart set on, even your pets. There are so many creative ways to include them; you can find a way!
If you are looking for more ideas on ways to incorporate pets into your wedding, or just want some guidance as you move through the planning process, we offer planning services to make it easier for you. Our packages range from short and sweet to super detailed, so there’s something for everyone.
Happy wedding planning!
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