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Incorporating a Pet Into Your Wedding Day

Pets are a huge part of our lives, whether it is a cat, dog, horse, cow, or something else. If you want to incorporate them, keep on reading to learn some ways to help them be apart of your day.

All of the time, I get brides and grooms wanting to incorporate their pet into their wedding. It can seem overwhelming at first, but with a few tips and tricks, I promise, it will be worth it!


Tip #1 - Pet Attendant.

Take some extra stress off of your plate and have one person dedicated to caring for your pet. Drool, slobber, and other "things" happen - so make sure someone (NOT YOU) is ready to go!

The Pet Attendant will be ready to go when your need your pet when it comes to pictures, walking down the isle, and cleaning up after them.


Tip #2 - Breaks.

Pets need breaks, just like toddlers. If your pet isn't use to a ton of people, give them space and time to warm up. If they are overstimulated, have your Pet Attendant take them into to calm space.

Summers can be HOT - make sure to have a water bottle with a collapsible bowl to keep them hydrated. Different pet breeds/species have different requirements. You know your pet best, so if they seem off, make sure to check it out.




Tip #3 - Dress Them Up.

Pictures are your way to look back on your wedding day. It will always bring a smile to your face to have your pet all dressed up and fitting in your theme. Have a little girl, there are some AMAZING floral collars - little guy, how about a cute bowtie or vest?

Whatever you choose, making your pet match your theme will make everyone fall in love.




Tip #4 - Have Them be in the Wedding.

Check with your venue about their pet policy, but if it is allowed, have your pet walk down the isle.

Want your pet to be a witness? Consider eloping to the following states:

Colorado

DC

Illinois

Kansas

Maine

Nevada

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin




Tip #5 - Take "Family" Photos.

Even if your venue won't allow pets, take an extra bit of time to meet with your pet is so worth it! Getting married in town? Meet up with your pet at a local park!

Scheduling time to meet your pet somewhere is especially important if you feel like your pet cannot handle the commotion of a lot of people.


Tip #6 - Play With Them.

Bring lots of teats and their favorite toy. Pictures always go better when there is an incentive for your pet.

Wondering the best treats? Make sure it is something that your pet won't get sick from, but my favorite is cooked chicken breast cut up into really small pieces.



Tip #7 - Be Flexible.

Practice helps, so be sure to bring your pet to rehearsal, but if they need a break, be flexible. Same as people, they can get tired, the weather can get hot, and pets can be cranky. Whatever the plan is, be prepared that it may need to be changed.


Whatever the role of your pet, including them in your wedding will create memories that will last! Follow these tips to help create a fun, memory filled wedding.

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