Don’t Leave Your Furry Best Friend Out Of Your Wedding Day

Your best friends have been with you through the good times and the bad, so there is no way you are going to leave your pets out of your upcoming wedding ceremony. Of course, it does mean that you’re going to have to make some special accommodations so that your furry friends can join you on your big day. 

Vetting the Venue

Choosing your wedding venue may be a bit trickier if you are planning to have your pets in the wedding. Many churches, for instance, don’t allow dogs on their premises. So instead of a traditional church wedding, you might want to choose a:

  • Winery. Some wineries are both dog- and wedding-friendly. 
  • Ranch wedding. A number of ranches today offer event spaces for rustic weddings. 
  • Animal-friendly bed and breakfast. 
  • Your home.

Food for Fidos and Felines

When it comes to the reception, don’t forget about your pets. For example, ask your caterer if they wouldn’t mind providing special meals for your pets. And it’s also important that your catering menu is free of foods that are poisonous to pets. Chocolate, for instance, is deadly to dogs. So in the best interest of your pups, you may want to leave any tempting chocolate treats off of your wedding reception catering menu. 

Ring Bearers with Tails

If you want your pet to be more than just an idle bystander at your wedding, consider having them play a role, such as ring bearer. There are a number of products on the market today that will allow your dog or cat to carry your ring down the aisle, such as specially designed ring pillows that you can strap onto your pet’s back. 

Animal Control

It’s possible that your pet is not going to react the way you had hoped on your big day. The large crowds could make your furry best friend nervous, and it could get nippy or even balk at entering the wedding venue. For the best results, you should:

  • Keep your pet leashed. The last thing you want is for your dog ring bearer to tear off into the woods after a squirrel or your cat to freak out unexpectedly and climb a tree.
  • Plan ahead. For example, coordinate with a friend ahead of time to take your dog outside if it begins to bark or act up in any way.

Although it may take a little extra planning to incorporate your pet into your wedding, the memories of having your furry best friend with you on your special day will make it all worth your while. 

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