Would you have your dog at your wedding?

I was a guest at my cousin’s wedding last month and, to my surprise, so was her dog Muffin! And sporting a polka dot bow tie no less! So what’s the protocol for having your pet at your nuptials? My advice to clients is: check both the ceremony and reception venues are dog-friendly and get a pet minder for the day!

Your pet will be more than happy to join your special day!

Your pet will be more than happy to be a part of your special day!

Four-legged ring bearers

Having your dog in your bridal party is an advantage. They get the dress code right, they’re photogenic and they probably love you more than your future mother-in-law!

So once you confirm your church or registry office and reception venue welcome dogs, how can you get your pet involved?

Here are some ideas:

  • Why not have your pooch as a groomsman or a flower dog? You can get it an outfit with a bow tie or a frilly lace collar in your wedding colours!
  • Perhaps your four-legged friend can help the best man with his duties and be the ring bearer? Take the rings out of their box and put them in a little jewellery pouch attached to your pet’s collar!
  • But if your dog shuns the spotlight, then it can simply be a VIP guest, along with close family members.

Finding doggy’s perfect date

Now I have nothing against the bride and groom having their dog at their wedding. For many couples, the family is not complete without their pet. I have no doubt that if Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman decide to say ‘I do’, Simon’s dogs Squiddly and Diddly will be top of the guest list!

Simon Cowell loves his dogs!

But let’s not forget there may be some guests who are not dog lovers or, more importantly, are allergic to animals. So that’s why it’s best to have someone to keep an eye on your furry friend – a suitable plus one! Perhaps a friend whom your dog knows and loves? Or better still, hire a professional sitter who will ensure your pet doesn’t let you down, but makes your special day unique!

Have I convinced you that a dog can be the bridal couple’s best friend? I hope so!

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