A wedding should be the time of your life where you surround yourself with friends and loved ones. For many, this includes man’s best friend! A lot of us consider our pets as a member of the family, and with good reason. Before you make Fido part of the wedding party, though, there are four things you should consider.
- First, and foremost, make sure the venue you chose allows pets. Your most special day could become a disaster if you arrive at the wedding ceremony and pets are not accepted. Many traditional churches and reception halls do not allow pets, so know this going in.
If you really want to have your pet involved, you may want to consider an outdoor wedding venue. You can transform a fantastic park setting, beach or even backyard into a beautiful site that allows everyone, and every animal, to take part.
If a change in venue is not right for you, think about including your pet in wedding photos either before or after the actual ceremony.
- Next, consider your pet’s temperament. Does your pet act out when he or she is around a lot of people, or children? Will the situation distress your pet? These are all things you should think about ahead of time. Sometimes a pet will act differently when it is in a new environment, or there are people around he is not used to. Using a pet sitter they are comfortable with, or even just a short leash.
Just like having children in a wedding party, make sure you have a backup plan if you choose to include your pet and they do not exactly cooperate when it is time for the ceremony. Perhaps you could have someone ready to carry your pet, or even wheel them down the aisle in a wagon.
You may want to think about having your pet do a walk-through ahead of the actual ceremony. Although this is not certain to calm their nerves, it may help to make them a little more comfortable when the actual event occurs.
- The third thing you should consider is how your wedding guests may feel about having a pet involved. There is no doubt it is your special day, but they are your special guests. Some people are allergic to dogs and cats, while others are extremely anxious or even scared of being around animals. Keep this in mind when you are putting together your seating chart too. It may be a good idea to inform your guests if you feel there may be a problem. Doing so ahead of time could potentially ward off an embarrassing and even dangerous problem later on. You could consider enclosing a note in your invitation that your pet will be part of the ceremony, and perhaps even the reception.
- Finally, but certainly not less important, you should consider the safety of your pet. Sometimes florists will use certain flowers and plants that are dangerous to animals if they accidently eat them. The same goes for food, especially chocolate. Make sure potentially dangerous items are out of your pet’s reach and that none of your guests plan to give special “treats” when you aren’t looking.
Also, think about the safety of any pet clothing or accessories you plan on using. While your pet may look simply adorable in a little tuxedo or veil, you definitely do not want them to get hurt. Make sure to get their clothing from a site that specializes in pet clothing. This way you can take the proper measurement to ensure that they are a comfortable as possible. Make sure any pet clothing items are secure, without small pieces that your pet may chew on and accidentally swallow. Speaking of clothing, make sure your own dress is safe from your pet. As you may well be aware of, pets have a habit of getting mysteriously grubby and, if the event is outdoors, don’t be surprised if paws become a little dirty. To avoid having your pooch or feline excitedly jump on you and ruin the bottom of your gown, opt for a shorter length wedding dress. Plus, it might not hurt to have a lint brush handy in case any hairs get onto your garment.
Keeping these tips in mind will help make your wedding memorable for everyone involved, especially your four-legged best friend.