Your Dog and Your Wedding?

It’s July!  And, this means that it’s wedding season!

If you have a pooch, you might be considering including your dog in your wedding.  With the proper preparation your pup can be involved – yet it does take some planning.

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you want it to be perfect. Pets can add a special touch to your big day but there are many things to consider.

The first thing is the temperament

If he’s only good with his owner and two or three other people, he’s won’t be as good in a wedding situation. If you’ve decided your pet can handle the excitement and you’re ready to pick your wedding location, ask the venue if they’ll accept pets. That should be the first question you ask. Then you need to decide what role they’ll play. A pet can be a bridesmaid, groomsman, flower girl, or even a ring bearer.

You’ll want to make sure your pet looks his best, so it’s always a good idea to get your pet groomed before hand. Always take your pet to the groomer (even if you don’t typically take your dog to the groomer) a day or two before your wedding day. And sometimes in that situation, the groomer may put a little bow on their ear, or on their collar, that you can keep on for the wedding.

It’s important to make sure you have someone who will handle the pet the day of the wedding

And it’s best if it’s someone who’s in or attending the wedding. The last thing you want is your little dog to be clawing at the bottom of your gown, or getting mud on your dress, or climbing up on your lap – so you need to have someone besides yourself or the groom be responsible for the dog. Your pet will make quite an impression on guests, but some of them might not appreciate his presence. You might put a big sign up that says, “Sonny is joining us today in the wedding,” just so they know. Then they need to take their own action with regards to being afraid or allergic.

If you decide your pet isn’t going to be able to attend your wedding, he doesn’t have to be left out. There are creative ways to include your pet on your wedding day. I’ve seen cats get involved with the bridal party as they’re getting ready at their home or their parents home. You could include your dog on your cake topper. You could have the bride, the groom, and the dog. There are a lot of companies doing fun and fancy cakes now. You could have a cake done of your dog. You could have favors that have photos of you and your groom, with the dog in them too.

It’s your big day so have fun planning your wedding, and remember… If you really want to have your dog in your wedding, you can make it happen.

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