How to involve your pet in your wedding

15 Dec 2021

More brides and grooms than ever before are opting to include their beloved pet in their wedding

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Many couples are choosing to include their precious pooch in their wedding celebrations. Whether you give them a job to do or simply show them off to your wedding guests, here are four practical ways you can involve your pet in your wedding.  

The ring bearer 

What better way to show off your beautiful pet than by letting them strut their stuff while bringing you and your partner your rings? Have your well-trained pooch carry your rings to you in a little wicker basket to the delight of your guests. You could even strap a little bag to them like you would a harness, so you’re certain the rings won’t disappear.  

You could also dress them for the occasion, adorning your pet with an attachable bow tie, a suit collar and tie, or even a lavish flower collar. Alternatively, go all out and give them a full makeover with a mini tuxedo or a little ring bearer suit.  

Going for walkies 

Walk down the aisle with Fido in tow. This is a great option for those unable to have their loved ones by their side, whether through unforeseen circumstances such as the pandemic and its restrictions, or the loss of a loved one. Dress your dog’s lead in flowers that match the scheme of the wedding. 

Alternatively, if your pet is calm or small enough, ask your flower girl or page boy to walk your dog down the aisle for an adorable and memorable moment.  

Jet-setting 

If you’re unable to include your pet in the wedding, take them with you on your mini-moon or honeymoon. Plan fun activities for your new family and consider pet-friendly venues and areas you can visit. Wander the sights or local town with your pooch in tow. If you and your partner are a fan of the outdoors, go hiking and walking around local parks and gardens. 

Be practical 

Make sure you consider the practicalities of including your beloved pet in your wedding day, too. To alleviate some of your pre-wedding stress, ask a guest or someone from your bridal party to take care of them during the day. 

Also, consult with the venue before the big day to make sure you can bring them along. If all is okay, check to see if your guests will be happy, particularly those with allergies. If you’re set on bringing your pet along on your wedding day, warn your allergy-prone guests so they have time to prepare and stock up on the antihistamines.  

To help with this, make sure your pet is clean and well-groomed on the day. Not only will they be looking sharp for photos, this also minimises dander and loose fur that can cause allergies. 

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