You said Yes?! Now the big decision – How will you include your pup in the wedding extravaganza? Does your dapper dog have a donning tuxedo or wedding dress? Incorporating your dog in your wedding as a dog ring bearer or flower canine is simply priceless as long as they sashay their tail down the aisle.
Here Are Five Ways To Include Your Dog On The Big Wedding Day…
WEDDING DOG RING BEARER
Since a wedding couple’s dog is usually their best friend as well, then their pooch is perfect as the ring bearer in the wedding party. Remember to take your pet’s personality into consideration, and plan accordingly. A good idea is to place your dog’s favorite bed or pillow next to the altar, your dog will feel comfortable and relaxed during the ceremony, and close enough to bring the ring when it’s time.
A nuptial favorite is having the family flower dog start the wedding march. The flowers are usually loosely wrapped around the dog’s neck, in a garland type arrangement. A word of warning; be selective when choosing the flowers you place around your dog’s neck. Always research the flower, because dog’s can be highly allergic and have a toxic fatal reaction if not treated immediately; daffodils and rhododendron are just two beloved toxic flowers for canines!
CANINE GUEST GREETER
If your darling dog is a natural charmer, have him/her greet the guests when arriving! Choose a family member or friend that your dog knows to be the ceremony hound handler and keep your pooch on a long leash just in case he/she gets distracted by all the festivities and decides to make a run for it. The handler might want to have some doggie treats on hand as well to keep the wedding pooch greeter rewarded.
If your dog is comfortable getting their picture taken with the two of you or a small wedding party, you can include him/her in your wedding photos, which makes a memorable keepsake for you and your guests!
DOGGIE WEDDING THEME
If your pet can’t handle large events at all and shakes at the sight of large groups, your dog can still have a huge presence as the wedding mascot! You can design your wedding invitations with his/her paw print on them, and you can order a doggie-themed wedding cake with a bride, groom, and dog cake topper.
Rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse! Remember this isn’t the usual walk in the park for your pet, so practice your wedding day march with your dog so it becomes a more familiar routine. Don’t forget the magic of treats when rehearsing (goes for the bride and groom too!) … And may you all live happily ever after!