On one of the most special days of your life, it’s only natural to want to be surrounded by your most meaningful relationships. For pet owners, that includes your dog. What are the best ways to give your furry friend a place in the wedding ceremony and other events? Further, if you involve your dog in the wedding, how can you make sure the day runs smoothly?
To help answer these questions, here are some suggestions for planning a wedding that includes your furry best friend.
How to Incorporate Your Pup
In a time when millennials make up the majority of pet owners, there is an increasing number of ideas for including pets in weddings. Here are a few suggestions:
Save the dates. Why not incorporate a dog theme into your wedding, starting from the save the dates? Take photos with your dogs or include your dog in the design.
Member of the bridal party. Dogs are called man’s best friend for a good reason. For many people, your dog becomes as close as any other companion. If this is true for you, you may want to have your pet stand with you at the altar along with other members of the bridal party.
Place cards. Make your place cards a little more fun by incorporating a picture or drawing of your dog on each one.
Ring bearer. Give your dog a custom collar with a ring holder — or a ribbon tied to the rings — and let them walk the jewelry down the aisle with someone from your bridal party.
Place of honor. In place of a formal part in the ceremony, your dog could also have a more restrained role as a guest of honor in the front row with someone they know.
Tips to Make the Day Run Smoothly
The potential for joy on your wedding day only increases when involving your pet. The key, however, is making sure your plans for your pup are well-executed. Keep the following tips in mind:
Take your dog’s personality into account. Some dogs love crowds; others are terrified by them. Consider how your animal might react to the day’s events.
Find someone to be your dog’s guardian. No matter how attached you are to your pup, you will likely have a hard time watching them throughout your wedding day. You have vows to recite, a cake to cut, guests to thank, etc. Instead of wondering and worrying about your dog during the festivities, make it someone else’s job. Assign an individual to be your dog’s guardian throughout the events of the day. He or she can make sure your canine is fed, walked, and otherwise cared for properly, so you are free to enjoy the festivities.
Communicate to your venue and guests. Make sure your venue allows pets and talk to vendors and the bridal party about how your dog will be involved. Likewise, let guests know ahead of time that your dog will be present — in case anyone with animal anxieties or allergies wants to plan for how to deal with it.
Choose a wedding outfit. Whatever role your dog plays on the wedding day, get them dressed for the occasion with a dog-shaped tux or tutu that’s wedding-ready.
Your loyal pet has been there for you through good times and bad. Now you can include them in celebrations that you will remember forever. Use the tips above to get inspired by how to make your wedding a dog-friendly event that is fun for everybody.
Author bio: Stephanie N. Blahut is Director of Digital Marketing and Technology for Figo Pet Insurance. Figo is committed to helping pets, and their families enjoy their lives together by fusing innovative technology — the first-of-its-kind Figo Pet Cloud — and the industry’s best pet insurance plans.
Photography by Salt to Clay Photography