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Invite your pet to your wedding ceremony
Thinking of inviting your pet to your wedding ceremony? Not such a bad idea after all! I have the pleasure to celebrate many wedding ceremonies over the past 7 years and I have found that more and more couples wish to involve their pets who often invite themselves during our Skype meetings!
Your pet plays a very important role in your life so why should they not be part of your wedding ceremony. The beauty of a symbolic wedding ceremony is that you can personalize it as much as you like… within reason of course! Therefore, if you wish your special pet to play a role in your wedding ceremony, do not hesitate! When I say your pet, I obviously talk about your dog rather than your pony or your boa constrictor!
I truly believe that including your pets in your wedding festivities is a lovely idea however I would like to take this opportunity to mention a few precautions you need to take.
Make sure your pet is happy to take part in your wedding
I have celebrated wedding ceremonies where pets were given a starring role such as the ring bearer or the flower girl. It is indeed a great idea and it certainly gives stunning photographs however please remember that your pet is not a toy so consider your pet’s personality. If your favourite dog is naturally shy, ask yourself whether he will feel comfortable being the centre of attention, think about whether this will be an enjoyable experience or a traumatic ordeal?
How will he behave around your guests? Is your dog obedient and well behaved or likely to run away and hide in the nearby flower beds with the wedding rings? Most of the pets I have had the pleasure to meet behaved extremely well and took on their role very seriously but there is no guarantee that your pet will behave exactly how you want him to on the day of the wedding.
Inform the wedding professionals in your wedding
Also, do make sure to notify the wedding professionals involved in your festivities such as the manager of your wedding venue: You do not want to find out on your wedding day that your four-legged flower girl is not allowed on the property! Your photographer also needs to be notified in advance so that he or she can prepare for this special guest. Do make sure that your photographer is also a pet lover as he or she will be more willing to suggest fun photo ideas before or after your wedding ceremony. Do inform your wedding celebrant so that he or she is not caught off guard if your four-legged-friend leaps up to kiss you during your exchange of vows of wedding rings!
Least but not last, do remember to inform your guests of the presence of your pet so that people with allergies can plan accordingly.
If you are planning on dressing your pet in a tux or a bridesmaid dress, make sure it fits properly and doesn’t create any discomfort for your pet. Keep the accessories simple: A simple bow attached to a ribbon is probably more suitable than a 3-piece suit. I am sure that, as pet lovers, you already know that any elements which come loose can be a choking hazard as your pet might swallow them.
Be sure to check that no flowers or plants chosen for your wedding are toxic to your pet and that he will not have access to any harmful food displayed during your cocktail or dinner.
If your ceremony takes place outside in the hot weather, do make sure that a bowl of fresh water is available and that your pet is placed in a shaded area shortly after the ceremony. I normally ensure that fresh water supply is available in a discreet spot near the bride and groom and ask a guest who is familiar with the pet to keep an eye on the animal throughout the ceremony. Contact Us