Things To Consider Before Including your Dog in your wedding
Dogs in tuxedos and tutu’s elicit awe’s from almost everyone as there is little else in the world cuter than a pet dressed up for a formal occasion. Including dogs and other pets at weddings is becoming more and more popular these days. Perhaps it’s because of social media and the fact that many of the photos of dogs at weddings are shared thousands of times, or perhaps it’s simply because of some other reason. Regardless of the sudden increase in pets at weddings, it’s important for couples to take a step back from planning and consider the implications of actually having their beloved dog(s) or pet(s) at their wedding.
It’s essential to know that however well behaved a pet is at home, the added stress of the situation and environment at your wedding could cause them to become agitated, shy, aggressive, or even highly anxious. You need to take into account your pet’s temperament in both normal and abnormal situations. If they are easily frightened, are anxious, or have shown any aggressive tendencies in the past, it’s absolutely essential you consider alternative ways to include your pet into the wedding other than physically bringing them. Putting that stress on your pet when they cannot handle it is unfair and could lead to a disastrous wedding possibly resulting in a guest or child being bitten.
- Poor timing
Understand that pets have absolutely zero care for your plans. You may have carefully planned out your entire day with a minute by minute agenda, but does your dog care? Nope! If your dog needs to….eliminate either its bowels or bladder, it may find that the aisle in the ceremony venue is the perfect place to do so! Or, perhaps your pet is used to having all of your attention so they may find that when you’re saying your vows, they will loudly protest. Having someone watching the animal at all times during and after the wedding can help, but just keep in mind that if you’re wanting to include your pet in your wedding, they may end up making a scene regardless of how well behaved they are normally.
While the wedding should revolve around the couple, not the needs of the guests, it’s important to at least be considerate. Let your guests know on their invitations that a pet will be present so if they have allergies they can take some extra medication. It’s also important to let your photographer and wedding planner know as well so they can make similar accommodations.
- Venue restrictions
A small yet vital step to including your furry companion in your wedding is to contact your venue. Some venues prohibit animals on the premises, which could mean that you’re entire wedding plan is shot down the day. Avoid the panic of making last minute arrangements and simply call and confirm with your venues that your pet is able to attend!
- Pet Sitter
Once the ceremony is over and the photos are done, it’s important to have someone booked to come and take your pet away. Forgetting to book a pet sitter not only to watch your animal, but to come pick them up from the ceremony can mean that your precious dog is left stressed out and worried while the reception kicks into full swing (loud music, drinking, elated guests, children, etc). Make sure to book your pet sitter well in advance, and even consider them for your honeymoon if you’re going away immediately after your wedding!