Rebecca, Guest Author
As dogs become less like pets and more like family, it’s only natural that many of us want to include them on our most important day! But how? Here are a few things to keep in mind when including your dog in your wedding:
1. Check with the venue before making any plans. Not all venues allow pets, so you’ll need to get the OK from where you plan on hosting the wedding. Even if they don’t normally allow dogs, ask if they can make an exception by setting up a specific clause in the contract outlining the supervision and role of the dog in the ceremony.
2. Decide what role your dog will play. Many couples use their dog as the ring bearer, but don’t feel limited! You might prefer him or her to stand next to you as a groomsman or bridesmaid role or walk in with one of your parents.
3. Choose a pet partner. To avoid your dog greeting everyone he or she sees and getting distracted from the job at hand, choose a trusted friend or an attendant to walk your dog down the aisle on a leash. This keeps the venue happy and can also be a lot of fun for the person in charge of your pet (The only job requirement: Must Love Dogs.) Don’t forget to give them a few poop bags so guests don’t end up stepping in a special surprise.
4. Don’t neglect the attire. Just like you wouldn’t want your bridesmaids showing up in street clothes, don’t let your dog go without the proper outfit! Some couples go all out with tuxedos, but whatever you choose, test it out before the big day. You don’t want your dog trying to shake off a top hat in the middle of the aisle.
Larry’s Note: Casual canine dog tuxedos look gorgeous. Your dog will love how debonair he looks in a classic tuxedo.
5. Have an after-ceremony plan. Once the ceremony is complete, be sure you know where your dog is going. Is he coming to the reception? Is someone going to drop her off back at home or at the local pet boarder? You will likely be so busy with family and friends that you want to ensure someone else (likely your pre-approved pet partner) knows and executes the plan.
Just remember, even though dogs are like family, they can still be unpredictable (but so can your college roommate bridesmaid)! So be prepared for anything and put someone you trust in the important role of wedding dog duty.
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