10% of Brits involve their pet in their wedding day

30 Aug 2017

New research has revealed that one in 10 Brits now give pets a central role on their wedding day

Pet charity Blue Cross has revealed that 10% of Brits now involve pets in their wedding day, with over a quarter saying they do so because it helps them remain calm and control their anxiety on the big day.

Respondents also said they included their pets because they are such an important part of the family (20%) and some said they had to come along simply because they are so cute (12%). 

But how are Brits involving pets in their big day?

  • 92% said they wanted to walk down the aisle with their pet as maid of honour
  • 56% wanted their pets to have a starring role in the wedding photos and video
  • 54% wanted their pet to fulfil the role of best man

Ryan Neile, senior animal behaviourist at Blue Cross, commented: “Whether they are companions, our best friends, or our comforters, pets play a huge role in our lives and it isn’t surprising to see how many Brits want to involve them in such an important moment. Even without weather worries, dress disasters, late caterers or missing rings to worry about, your wedding day can be an incredibly nerve-wracking experience and having your pet by your side might just help settle some of those jitters, as long as you take steps to ensure that your pet is comfortable too.”

In response to the findings, Blue Cross has shared its top tips for involving your pet in your wedding day:

  • Consider your pet's personality before including them in your special day; be sure not to put them through anything that will make them uncomfortable or scared
  • Check the venue is pet friendly in advance
  • Be treat concious and advise that your guests do not over-indulge your pet with treats
  • Notify the photographer (and your pet) by getting them used to the camera in advance
  • Book a pet sitter; 62% of those surveyed only allowed their pet at the wedding for two hours or less, which is a good rule of thumb.
 

Are you involving your pet in your wedding day? We'd like to hear how: email sarah.george@archant.co.uk

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