Posted on: January 13, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

It’s normal to want to be with friends and loved ones on the big day. And who is more beloved than your dog! Many couples would like to include their dog in their wedding, especially since millennials comprise the largest pet owners. You already share your life with your four-legged companion when you promise to be together.

There are many ways you can include your dog at your wedding. You could give him a key role, let him play a part, or even celebrate him with photos and save-the-date cards. Be prepared to include your dog in your wedding, so you can make sure your pet is a part of it.

Begin by honestly assessing your dog’s personality and temperament. Are they happy to greet everyone and every person? Is he proficient in at most a few commands, including the important ones “sit,” stay,” and “down”? Is he agitated by the sight of people? Is he more shy, reserved, or afraid of strangers? It is important to understand what your dog enjoys. Dogs suffering from anxiety and socialization problems should most likely RSVP “no”.

Decide what role the dog will play. Many options depend on the dog’s obedience level and personality.

  • Pup of Honor will walk with the wedding party down the aisle and then join them for the ceremony. You might want to keep your pup on a leash. Get creative with the decorations and make sure it fits your wedding theme.
  • Flower Dog — She can hold a basket of flowers in one hand while the flower girl spreads them. If she wants to have a bite, make sure that the flowers are non-toxic and safe for dogs.
  • Ring bearer — Your dog does not have opposable thumbs and pockets. However, you can tie the rings to your collar with a ribbon or make a custom-made ring holder.
  • Honored Guest — Your dog may be better suited for a calmer and more reserved role. Give him the honor of sitting in the front row with someone familiar with him.

Determine whether he will attend the reception. He may find the noise, food, and activity too overwhelming. He might eat too much food, and he may steal the filet from the table. Or, he may try to eat the treats offered by his guests, including chocolate that is harmful to dogs.

Make sure to check with the venue. Dogs may not be permitted in a synagogue or church where the ceremony is held. Many venues, especially outdoor events, are open to canine guests. Ensure you inform any vendors, such as caterers, DJs, florists, etc. Make sure your vendors — caterers, DJs, florists, etc. — are informed of your plans.

Ensure your wedding party and guests know that a dog will be there so those allergic or afraid of dogs can plan accordingly.

Arrange for a dog sitter or handler. Your wedding will be hectic, and your dog will need someone to keep him happy, calm, and engaged. After his role as a star, the sitter can take your dog somewhere quiet and offer water, food and toilet breaks. Wedding etiquette does not typically come with obedience school.

You can choose the wedding outfit for your dog. You can dress your dog up if she is not used to wearing formal wear. It should be comfortable so she can get on with her day. You can decorate your dog’s collar with ribbons or bow ties if he prefers it to be natural.

Your dog can explore the venue and sniff things before the big day. If your dog is familiar with the area, it will be easier for him to feel at ease on the big day.

As much as possible, practice your dog’s role at home and the event. You have chosen a role your dog is comfortable with. You should include him (and his sitter) at the rehearsal so that everyone knows who, what and when.

As if your dog were not important enough to be included in the photos. You should ensure that the photographer you choose is familiar with photographing animals and that he understands what you expect.

Make sure your dog has a bag with food, treats, water, toys and any other items she might need.

There are many ways to express your appreciation for your dog even if he doesn’t attend the wedding.

  • Include him on your save the date card, invitation, or website photo.
  • A wedding cake topper should include a picture of the happy couple and a photo of the dog.
  • Place cards, photo holders and paw-print confetti can all be used as accessories to dogs.
  • You can send thank-you notes to all three of your loved ones, along with a family photograph.
  • Wear jewelry that celebrates your dog’s breed.

Expect the unexpected. Your canine best friend is well-groomed, dressed up, well behaved and loved by everyone. Let’s be real. These tips are intended to help you include your dog on this special day. Dogs are dogs. Yours might bolt instead of making it to the altar. Or needs to pee before going to the altar. Or jumps up on you with less than perfect paws. Take a deep, slow breath and keep your wits about you. It will provide you with great stories for many years.

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