I just love animals. I love it even more when they are in the wedding and wearing wedding attire. I mean how cute is a little pup in a bow tie?! Can anyone disagree with that?! I thought I’d put together a list of a few pointers when considering having your dog in your wedding
1. Make sure that the venues you choose for your wedding allow dogs. Not all venues are dog friendly.
2. Decide what part of the ceremony you would like your dog(s) to attend. Involve your dog in the ceremony but not the reception, as receptions tend to be overwhelming — especially those with an extensive guest list and loud music.
3. Ask if your dog has the right temperament. Weddings can be stressful and overwhelming for a dog that does not adapt well to new environments or is uncomfortable around strangers. Sociable dogs that are outgoing and friendly often cope better with the extra attention they are likely to receive. If your dog is shy and uncomfortable around people, leave him at home where he is safe and secure.
4. Make sure that you tell your bridesmaids or groomsmen of your intentions before the day. Many people are allergic to dogs, so giving them ample warning will help them prepare if they suffer from allergies.
5. What role will your dog play at the wedding? Whether she is the ring bearer or the hound of honor, start preparing early for the tasks she is going to do during the ceremony.
6. Designate someone to take care of your dog at all times throughout the ceremony. This will relieve any pressure you might feel to make sure that your dog behaves properly. And be sure to have a plan for someone to take him home when he has finished his doggy duties.
7. Rehearse as much as you can with your dog before the big day and leave ample time to practice during the actual rehearsal so that your dog (and his or her handler) knows exactly what to do and when to do it.
8. Take him to be groomed so he/she is nice and fresh for the day of.
9. Ensure that your dog is well-controlled around your guests. A jumping dog will not be appreciated. If your dog has a tendency to jump up, take time well before the day to teach him an alternative behavior, such as greeting a person by sitting and giving his paw rather than jumping up. If his excitement level is too high, he might find it hard to control his impulses — in which case, keep him leashed and controlled at all times.
10. Do not forget to include your dog in some wedding pictures!