Pets at weddings
Published date: 13th January 2019
Not so long ago pets never played any part in a wedding, but nowadays if not common it’s not exactly rare either. What seems like a simple idea, however, has plenty of pitfalls and really should be thought through, and most owners will decide that a kennel, cattery or pet-sitter is less risky.
If it’s just a token appearance you’re after then it’s worth considering incorporating a pic of the pooch, or whatever creature it is you dote on, in the save-the-dates or wedding invites. We’ve also seen lots of photos of pets sporting ‘Marry My Dad’ cards and similar, though wonder if that really works on the romance side, and when choosing a life partner you may prefer looking into your intended’s eyes rather than a pet’s.
Before we think about dogs, the most likely pet to feature on the day, a quick glance at some others. If you own and love a horse, and geography allows, hitch it to a little carriage and arrive at the ceremony pet-powered. Though they’re brighter than some best men, pot-bellied pigs don’t work in our minds; hamsters are likely to pop their tiny clogs before the appointed hour; and who wants to walk down the aisle carrying a fish tank or goldfish bowl? Cats would hate everything about the fuss and bother, and cruelty to the pet is of course one important consideration here.
So it is in truth more dogs at the wedding than pets.
Before planning clever things to do with poochie and buying him a tux/her a dress, best to check with wherever you’re holding the ceremony that they accept pets; likewise the reception venue. And it’s just as important to make sure the officiant and other key people on the day don’t object, or aren’t allergic: ‘Do you aaaachooo take this aaaachooo man/woman aaaachooo,’ etc wouldn’t make for positive memories.
You need to be realistic about your pet and its temperament and training before making cute plans too. Is it fair to a nervous pup to have it at a crowded wedding? It your dog really well house-trained? Do you want a crotch-sniffer, yapper or even worse a biter attending on the day?
If you’re still keen, then you may wish to arrange extra training well in advance; and get your dog more used to crowds and noisy environments. Special grooming would definitely seem called for, and that takes time on the day and in practical terms is probably useless if done earlier. Your adult guests can get through a long church service without water, your dog shouldn’t have to, so bowl and bottle at the ready, and something to clear up sh