Vital things to consider when including your dog in your wedding

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Your big day is around the corner, right? It’s only natural to include the most special people in your life. Otherwise, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by amazing family members and friends who have been with them through thick and thin on their wedding day? You may also want to include your pet but you just don’t know if it’s a good idea. Although making the decision is not complicated considering the bond you share with your adorable dog, there are certain things you may need to consider. Read on and carefully weigh the pros and the cons involved. The information will help you decide if the idea is good for you and your dog and if not, what you can do to make your pet feel special on the D-day.

Why should you include your dog at your wedding?

If you make up your mind to make your pooch part of your wedding, here are the benefits you stand to gain.

Entertainment

Your lovely dog can really keep your guests entertained throughout the ceremony. So, bring your pet along and allow it to roam around, play and keep your guests happy. Even the grumpiest guests will have something to smile about.

Companion

You will agree that if you don’t bring your dog to your wedding you will miss it too much. Imagine it will be missing you dearly as well? Truth be told, you have grown fond of each other over time, how then will it feel not to see his lovely face as you say your vows. You will surely love to see him roam around as you make merry on your special day.

Colour the day

Apart from entertaining your guests, pets can also create an amazing opportunity for super colourful and fun photoshoots. Hence, if you include your dog on the guests’ list, ensure you take lots of photos when everyone is looking at their best. They will look good on the walls of your new home and create lots of memorable moments too.

Why should you not?

Guests comfort

Understandably, you love your dog so much but please appreciate the fact that not everyone is comfortable with dogs around them. If you have special guests who you cannot afford to exclude in your wedding but they are either allergic or can’t just get along with dogs, it would be best to prioritize their comfort.

Lack of a handler

However lovable and adorable your dog is, remember it will need constant care throughout the ceremony. If you know you don’t have a dog sitter to look after your dog, then it would be better to leave it behind. Remember this is your big day and you are at the centre stage of everything. Nothing can happen in your absence. So, don’t make a fool out of yourself just in the name of including your dog on your guest list.

Tips to have your dog at your wedding

If you can handle the cons involved in bringing your dog to your wedding, here are tips to help ease things and make the day a success.

Venue

When bringing your dog to your wedding ceremony, choose your venue wisely. Make sure your dog will be comfortable at the venue you select. Taking your dog to an extremely restrictive venue is worse than leaving him behind. Also, remember some places just don’t allow dogs. To avoid disappointment and confusion the last minute, make all the requirements before booking the place.

Most churches don’t allow pets. So obviously, if you will be saying your vows in the church, most probably you won’t be able to have your dog around. If your dog’s presence really matters to you, then you can choose to have a garden wedding. There are also many other places such as hotels, parks and banquet halls that would gladly allow your dog to witness your wedding day. Just do your research ahead of time and make all the enquiries. You can even have your wedding in one of your family’s posh home. But this will only be ideal if you are having a small wedding.

Get a dog sitter

Don’t forget it’s your wedding day. It’s not possible to handle your dog and get married at the same time. Make sure you get someone your dog will feel comfortable and secure with. It’s the only way to keep your dog under control. The sitter should be familiar with your dog to know when it needs a potty break because you know, dogs can be messy at times. You should also prepare a go-bag for your dog with the things he’ll need such as water bottle, food, toys and anything else your dog might need while away from home. If your dog won’t be proceeding to the reception, then the handler can take him home.

Rehearse your dog’s role

Only choose a role you are contented that your dog can handle depending on his obedient level, temperament and personality. To ensure things run smoothly on the big day, make it your business to rehearse your dog’s role as much as you can. Do the rehearsals both at home and at the venue. The dog handler should also be present so that each will know what is expected of them.

The takeaway

If the pros of having your dog at the ceremony outweigh the cons, then bring him along. After all, it’s your wedding day and you deserve to do the things that make you happy. Since you are the only one who understands your dog’s needs, decide on the roles it should be given. If you know it can handle a crowd and all the pressures involved in a wedding, then you can give it major roles such as leading the way with a flower girl or bringing the rings. Be ready to deal with disappointments in case the unexpected happens. If you choose not to include your dog in the bridal party, there are other sweet ways you can still involve your adorable dog. For example, you can schedule for a photoshoot before or after the ceremony.

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