Many people all over the world who get married also include their pet on their special day. This comes as no surprise since most consider their dog as family. In addition, having your dog in your wedding adds a beautiful touch to your wedding photos as well as a unique vibe. So, if you're on the edge of whether or not you should include your dog at your wedding, here are some tips and areas to consider!
In many wedding celebrations, roles for dogs include ring bearer, best dog, or pooch of honor. However, prior to deciding what role fits your dog, you need to first consider your dog's personality. Every dog has their own personality that range from energetic, distracted, calm, shy, and so forth. If your dog is more introverted, he may get easily stressed out and overwhelmed by all the attention or of being in a large noisy group setting. In that case, you may opt to have your dog join you only for the pre-reception photos with the bride and groom. If your dog is outgoing and well trained, you can also include your pet in a wedding performance! Some decide to include their dog in a dance choreography or doing some special tricks with the couple-to-be at the wedding.
Another factor to consider is your dog's age and health condition. If he has a health condition, he may get easily startled by sounds or easily tire out. So picking an easy role for him would be the best, such as including him in a few meaningful photos. Another possibility is that you can include your dog for the ceremony and have a friend or family member take your dog home so that your dog can rest up as you continue to party the night away. If your home is far away from the place of reception, there are also pet-sitter services that you can hire to help take care of your dog during the wedding.
When choosing the right outfit for your dog it is also important to consider your dog's comfort and personality. If your dog doesn't particularly enjoy wearing pet clothing in general or hasn't worn any before, you may want to have a dress rehearsal prior to the wedding. In this way you can make sure that your dog is comfortable wearing the outfit around and won't try to tear it off during the actual day of the wedding. Another factor to consider is the weather. If it is very hot during the time you will be holding the wedding, your dog may not enjoy wearing the outfit - especially if it is a full-body outfit. Instead of a full-body costume, you can get around this by just using simple accessories instead, such as a flower wreath or flower clip that can be easily removed if needed. Also, if you do decide to use real flowers, make sure the flowers are safe for dogs!