When you imagine your wedding day you may envision being surrounded by your family, closest friends, and perhaps man’s best friend! A pet can often symbolize a couple’s first serious commitment to one another. It can be very meaningful to have them involved in some part of the day’s celebrations and there are all sorts of ways to accomplish this incorporation!
Furry friends can play the official roles of best man, maid of honor, flower girl, and ring bearer or they can be more casually included in the day.
The two most important things to consider when planning your pup’s involvement are: what their comfort zone is, and who will be in charge of their care.
Plan to designate someone you trust as their sitter for the day or consider hiring a service. Some venues offer a safe and quiet space for crate friendly pets to retire to, while others do not allow dogs on the premises at all, so before you get your hopes up for a flower-dog, make sure you check with your venue about their rules surrounding pets.
Allow your dog a chance to explore the space prior to your wedding day and ideally before your actual rehearsal run through. Contact your event coordinator and request to schedule a dog visit.
Some smaller puppy roles could include:
If you know that your dog will not enjoy the day’s festivities consider making them a part of your décor details!
A few fun ways to do this are:
If your pup is accustomed to being dressed up then accessories can be a wonderful addition to their already adorable look! Flower crowns, collars and adorned leashes can be a sweet option while other dogs get a little snazzier by wearing a bowtie or mini tux!
If you are going to cast your furry friend as one of the leading roles, you should then think about the escape routes if needed! Maybe you really want your pup to walk down the aisle and deliver the rings, but you are ok with then having them exit to a close by area for the remainder of the ceremony time. Some dogs are super laid back and great with crowds so if that’s the case you should be pretty safe with planning for them upfront as an official member of your wedding party.
You know you pooch best. Think about what they will be comfortable with but also think about the needs of your guests. Some people are truly intimidated by dogs while others are straight up allergic! Consider making a mention of their involvement in your invitation or spread the word to a few key guests that can then reach out to the masses with the heads up.
Come up with a timeline for your furry friend’s day and then make sure to give copies out to your vendors and doggy sitters so that everyone is on the same page.
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