How To Include Pets In Your Wedding

March 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

Pets debut this year as one of the new untraditional trends for weddings; the most common role a pet plays in a wedding is in the form of ring bearer, flower girl, bridesmaid or groomsman. Pet-lovers consider their pets as more than companion animals, they consider them as family and when preparing for a wedding it is a natural choice to want to include them. Many couples cannot imagine celebrating their special day without them.

Types of pets in a wedding may include dogs, cats, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, horses, reptiles, fish and chickens. Always keep in mind the comfort of your pet during the planning process, not all pets are ready for the altar especially if he or she might be belligerent, aggressive, shy or overly loud. Enhance your day with your well-loved and people-friendly pet.

Read on for tips on how to involve your pet on your wedding day.

Are Pets Allowed?

Check with your wedding venue to ensure that pets are allowed at your location. It is very important to ask first, even if your ceremony is outside or seems to already allow pets. Couple may not be aware of restrictions such as breeds, weight limits, numbers or sizes. Be prepared to pay any necessary deposits that might be required at your desired wedding site.

Best Behavior

How well-behaved is your pet or are you the only one who thinks he is an adorable angel? Consider everyone in attendance; your guest might not appreciate a pet running, jumping or excessively licking on them. Take a hard look at your pet’s behavior and temperament to evaluate their readiness for participation in your ceremony. Decide on your pet’s exact role, will it be passive such as sitting on the front row with your future mother-in-law or participatory such trotting down the aisle as a ring bearer? If your pet has an active role in your wedding, coach your pet with several run-throughs at the rehearsal.

Picture Perfect

Practice taking pictures with your pet to acclimate them to camera flashes and sounds before your wedding day. If your pet cannot attend your wedding, include your pet in a pre-wedding photo session. Hire a photographer who has experience working with pets. Above all have fun with your pet, brides-to-be kiss your pug, and grooms place a calico kitten in your pocket or couples ride together into the sunset on the back of your white horse.

Wedding Attire  

Choose from a vast array of pet wedding attire available online or at most pet specialty retail stores. Choose from simple bandannas to expensive diamond and pearl-encrusted white leather collars. Discover a variety of formal accessory options for your pets including tuxedo collars and bows and mini-wedding or bridesmaid’s dresses. Ask your florist to create a floral lei with the flowers from your wedding for your pet to wear.

Pet Minder

Designate someone as your official wedding pet chaperone or hire a professional animal handler to oversee your pet during your nuptials. Duties of a pet minder include but are not limited to bringing the pet to the ceremony, dressing the pet in wedding attire, staging the pet for participation, observing pet behavior, making water and food available for your pet, picking up after any messes, taking your pet for walks as needed and escorting your pet home.

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