1. Talk to your Venue
Not all venues will allow animals on site, so before you book in your “flower pup” or “ring dog,” consult your site manager. Maybe you can have an outdoor ceremony with your pet present then send her back home with a pet sitter, or perhaps there’s somewhere on site where your dog can relax and nap during the reception. Communication is key at a pet-friendly wedding!
2. Pet's Personality
Is your dog obedient and talented? Friendly and welcoming? More of a shy guy? Before assigning a starring role to your furry friend, consider your pet’s personality and the best place for him at your wedding. Maybe he’d be a great greeter, or if she’s a show-off, consider having her come down the aisle (with a bridesmaid or groomsman, of course!) with your rings attached to her collar. There are lots of ways to include your pet in your wedding, just be sure the animal will be comfortable enough to perform.
3. Choose a role for your pet
If you decide that your pet will do well at your wedding, now is the time to assign her a role. If you want to put him in a costume, be sure he tries it on several times in advance of the big day and doesn’t scratch at it, whine, or try to take it off. When choosing a role for your pet, consider the length of time your animal will be “on,” so to speak: If you want your pet with you at the altar, you might want to put a favorite nap pillow or chew toy (non-squeaky!) up where the bridal party will stand. If your pet is a bit more active, you may want to have him greeting guests in an open space before your “I dos.”
5. Talk to your photographer
Your photographer will need to know that you’re having a pet at your wedding in order to plan shots accordingly, and your caterer, band, florist and other vendors will be grateful for the heads-up about your pet-friendly wedding.
5. Hire a pet sitter
This is a must. You will not have time to tend to your pet’s every need on the big day (trust us, you’ll be busy!) so whether you hire a younger relative who knows your animal well or a professional pet sitter, be sure there’s someone assigned to care for Fido at your wedding. Your pet sitter can even be the one to take your animal home early or to your pet-friendly hotel room after her starring moment has passed.
Lastly, all we can say is practice and remember treats always make your pet happy!