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Including Pets in Your Wedding

Chris Easter

Pets can be like a part of the family, and sometimes even a cherished part of your wedding day. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure your bride-to-be and both families are on board with the idea. If it’s still a go, you’ll need to figure out exactly what role your pet will play in the day’s festivities. The possibilities are endless. Some of the most common roles include having your dog serve as a ring bearer or flower girl. Of course, this also applies to any animal that can be trained to walk down the aisle. (Remember, even most young children who assume the role of ring bearers or flower girls need some coaxing beforehand.) It’s also a good idea to make sure you use a fake ring for obvious reasons. You should also check with the ceremony venue to make sure pets are acceptable.

If you’re a horse lover, a great way to make a dramatic exit would be via horse or in a horse-drawn carriage. (Hey, if Kip can manage to make it look cool in Napoleon Dynamite, anyone can).

Another more low-key option would be to take some pictures with your pet on your wedding day. This way your pet can be included without the potential for a huge distraction that will probably somehow get blamed on the groom.

TMR Recommendation: We’re pet lovers and see the opportunity for including them at some point in the wedding process, but the key is to keep it classy. Either take some pictures with them, or if you’ll be including them in part of the ceremony, make sure you can count on them to do what’s expected of them. They could easily be the highlight or disaster of the day.


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