You have mailed out all of your invitations, picked out your dream dress, scheduled your venue and yet you still have the feeling that something is missing. Perhaps it is the fact that you failed to include your dog into the wedding party. Incorporating your favorite furry friend into the wedding can be a rewarding experience for you, your new spouse and of course the dog itself. Chances are your dog plays an important role in the lives of you and your spouse which makes them an excellent addition to any wedding party. If you are considering allowing your dog in the wedding, here are some steps to follow to make sure it all sticks to plan!
1. Choose the role you want your dog to play in the wedding. Believe it or not, dogs make excellent bridesmaids, groomsmen, ‘flower dogs’ and ring bearers! Depending on how obedient your dog is someone will probably have to guide him down the aisle but the only thing that matters is that he is making his way down that aisle to see his two favorite people become forever united. Just imagine how adorable your dog will look with a little pillow tied to his back to carry the wedding rings as the designated ring bearer!
2. Prepare to dress your dog for the part. No matter what role you chose to designate to your pup, they of course need to dress the part! Many pet stores and boutiques offer custom dog tuxedos and luxurious dresses as well as fancy collars and ribbons so they can dress to impress while strutting down the aisle with their tail wagging in joy due to the fact that their favorite humans are getting hitched.
3. Properly groom your dog before the wedding. Purchase a nice dog shampoo or high quality dish soaps make a budget friendly alternative. Give your dog a nice bathe, groom his nails and give them a nice brush-down to have them looking their best. This will also prevent those with pet allergies from have any form of reaction.
4. Take the time to let your guests know a dog will be at your wedding. Some of your friends and family members may become frightened and scared of dogs. Becoming knowledgeable of those who may not enjoy the presence of your dog allows you to make the proper arrangements so everyone can have a good time including your dog.
5. Schedule a ‘dog buddy.’ The designated dog buddy is typically a groomsmen who is going to keep a close eye on the dog before and during the ceremony. Their responsibilities include making sure the dog remains hydrated and giving the dog the opportunity to relieve themselves to prevent any accidents down the aisle.
When it comes to including your darling dog into your wedding day, the question isn’t is how to do it, the real question is why wouldn’t you? After all, they are man’s best friend!