When I got married in 2007, I wanted our 10 year-old Min Pin, Shelby, to take part of the wedding ceremony. I only wish I had the below tips to help us through the ceremony to make it that much more enjoyable. One of my bridesmaid’s proudly stepped up to the plate and offered to walk Shelby down the aisle as part of the bridal party processional. I didn’t get a chance to see it as I was waiting myself to come down the aisle, but my husband said it was probably better if we would have left her out of the ceremony. Pulling, tugging and making noise to which I will only refer to as “annoying” really didn’t add to the ceremony and if anything, was a distraction that was needed.
1) Call ahead. Find out if the venue(s) will accept pets. Also, if you are having a destination-wedding, locate hotels that are pet-friendly.
2) Consider your guests. Determine if anyone who will be interacting directly with the pets has an allergy. Also, some wedding party members may get nervous around animals and should be notified in advance.
3) Resist kitty & puppy love. Because kittens and puppies are unpredictable, they are particularly difficult to include in ceremonies.
4) Test the temperament. Many pets are uncomfortable around strangers or act differently in new surroundings. Only well-behaved animals should be included in wedding ceremonies. The pet should know who is in charge and be able to respond to commands as needed. Include your pets at your rehearsal to help them become familiar with their surroundings and duties.
5) Use fashion sense. Pick attire that your pet will tolerate and the test the chosen garments on several occasions. Avoid wires and floral varieties that are toxic to animals such as lilies, daffodils, and hydrangeas.
6) Avoid chowhounds. Your pet can get sick if they are not trained to avoid human food and drink
7) Get them ready. Your pet should be pampered and excercised before the wedding and be taken for bathroom breaks throughout the day.
8) Employ bribery. Bring your pets’ favorite treats and spoil them with affection so they will be content during the ceremony and while being photographed.
Until next time, happy wedding planning!