21 Feb #Tips on featuring Your four-legged friends at the #Wedding
Nowadays, many brides and grooms are choosing to include their four-legged or feathered members of the family to be part of their wedding celebration. After all, why leave beloved Fido at home when he can put on a doggy tux and serve as the cutest ring bearer ever? But before you do so, here are some things to consider to ensure everyone, including your family pet, will be happy:
• Although it seems like common sense, be sure your ceremony and reception venues allow pets. Many people overlook this and are disappointed when they find out their venue has a strict no-pet policy.
• Just because your pet is a much-loved member of your family doesn’t mean everyone else feels the same way. Be sure all of your guests, including your vendors, are informed of your decision to include your pet in the wedding and have them plan accordingly. Some people may have a legitimate fear of or strong allergies to animals.
• Be realistic when deciding what role your pet is going to play in the wedding. For example, if you want your dog to serve as the ring bearer, be sure you train them in advance and account for different scenarios. It’s one thing to train Fido to walk down an aisle to you when you’re in the comfortable environment of your backyard, but a completely different story when you add a new environment and tons of people in the mix.
• Be sure that any accessories you want your pet to wear, like a bow tie or flower, won’t pose a choking hazard. Furthermore, make sure that any floral arrangements or plants at the wedding aren’t toxic if they happen to be ingested.
• If you plan on having your pet around for the whole wedding, assign someone to watch over them or consider hiring a pet-sitter. The last thing you want to do is attend to your pet’s needs, like walks or bathroom breaks, all night long while you’re trying to enjoy your wedding with the rest of your guests.
• If in the end having your pet at the wedding is not feasible, you can still include them in unique ways. For example, bring them along for your engagement photos’ session and display one of the photos taken of you and your pet in a special area at the reception. These photos can also be used as your save-the-dates and table numbers, or customize a pet-themed wedding favor.