Thinking of having your fur baby at your wedding? Wondering how to include them? How they’ll behave? Will the venue allow it?

These are all important questions when planning the involvement of your pet at your wedding ceremony.

 

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A lot of couples choose to have their dog as part of the ceremony. If that’s YOU  – make sure to set realistic expectations for them. If they’re active, will they really be able to come down the aisle to deliver the rings? Do they tend to bark at strangers, or feel anxious in crowds?  It does sound fun to have your fur child with you on your big day – just make sure you’ve thought it through and asked yourself those important questions.

 

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If you’re adamant that your pooch is good to go and is seriously well behaved (generally!) then go for it!  But definitely look at investing in a pet minding service to take great care of them when you can’t.

 

 

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Godenzi Photography

 

If you have a sneaking suspicion they may not be able to ‘deliver’ as you might hope, you may need to think about how you could involve them around the ceremony. Let your photographer know of your intentions – and begin to brainstorm fun ideas before and after the ceremony so your dog can still feature in your wedding pictures.

 

 

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When it comes to pet fashion, not all dogs like to be dressed up! Who can blame them? Keep accessories simple like a bow tie or flowers, and check they won’t come loose and pose a choking hazard to your pet. Ensure any flowers or plants being used at your wedding are not toxic to animals.

 

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Godenzi Photography

 

 

You could even use your relationship with your pet as inspiration for your stationery or cake! Check out these cool ideas!

Via Pinterest

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Dogs aren’t the only pets you can include….

Love your horse?? Ruth and Mitch did!! This awesome image thanks to  Sean and Danni Photography

 

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Remember to “expect the unexpected” and be ready to embrace whatever happens and just go with it ….  which ironically also applies to your wedding – and also your marriage!

 

How will you include YOUR pet at your wedding??

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Godenzi Photography

 

 

CELEBRANT: Michelle Kiernan