We love our pets! They’re like family. And on our wedding day, we want nothing else than to incorporate them into what is sure to be the most memorable day of our lives. So here are a few things to keep in mind before deciding if having your pet present at your wedding is a good choice for everyone.
Pet In My Wedding
The first thing you should do, when planning to include your pet in your wedding, is to make sure your pet will be welcomed on the premise of your different venues — both at the ceremony and the reception. If your pet is not allowed anywhere, you could still have some pictures taken with your pet on the front steps of the church or synagogue; or relocate to a near by park or outdoor area for a quick photo session with your pet and the wedding party.
Additionally, you’ll need to figure out how you want to incorporate your pet into your wedding day. For example, it could be as a ring bearer, or a flower girl, or simply a guest of honor. The type of pet you have would probably determine their role best.
You also need to make sure your pet as the right personality or temperament to be included in the wedding. Take into consideration if your pet exhibits any aggressive, unruly, antisocial, or nervous behavior on a regular basis — they should definitely be left at home to prevent any disastrous situation.
Even if your pet is always well-behaved and social, you should still inform your guests that you are thinking about incorporating your pet in your wedding festivities ahead of time. Keep in mind that some guests could be allergic or even fearful of pets. It’s a good idea to find out in advance and make your decision accordingly.
If you would like your pet to perform a special trick on your wedding day, start teaching the trick at least a couple of months in advance. You don’t want to wait at the last minute and be all stressed out about it. It’s going to put too much pressure on you and your poor pet.
As for the wedding attire, they are many options available for your pet — from ring pillows to tuxedos to flower collars. To make sure your pet is comfortable with its wedding attire on the big day, you could make your pet practice wearing it a couple of times before the wedding. It will give your pet a chance to get used to it.
On Your Wedding Day
Arrange for a friend or a pet sitter to be in charge of your beloved pet for the duration of the wedding. Your pet should never be left alone or without any supervision, and that includes both at the ceremony and the reception.
You should also prepare a small bag with all the essentials your pet might need: food, water, bowls, toys, leash, collar, wedding attire, pee pads, empty bags, paper towels, etc. Don’t forget to give the bag to the person in charge of your pet for the day.
You also need to have a back-up plan for your pet in case the wedding becomes a little too much. A good idea would be to find, ahead of time, an area on your venue’s premise where your pet can relax and have some quiet time with the pet sitter. Another option would be to arrange for the pet sitter (or friend) to take your pet back home after an hour or two of fun and excitement.
In the end, incorporating your pet in your wedding can be a fun way for them to share your special day, and create lasting memories you‘ll cherish forever.