Discover how to make your four legged friend a part of your special day, with this fab guide to including your dog in your wedding from Rivenhall Oaks…
Dogs are a man’s best friend and of course, you want your best friend at your wedding. Wagging their tail as they waddle up the aisle behind you, having your pet as part of your ceremony can be a cute addition to the service. However, it’s not always practical. From muddy paws on your dress to little accidents in the church garden, there is a whole range of things that could go wrong when your furry friend is about.
Having to keep an eye on them can be added stress on the day, but there are still ways it can work. Here are Rivenhall Oaks’ list of things to consider when incorporating your dog in your wedding, so you don’t go barking mad on the day.
Who’s a good boy
You need to be realistic when considering if your dog is going to be well behaved enough to be included in your day. If he’s going to bark through the speeches or nibble through the furniture, he may need to RSPV, no! Equally, you need to think about whether he will enjoy the day, as for the less sociable dogs, big crowds and new people can be very overwhelming.
All or nothing
Consider which parts of the day you want your pup to be a part of, they don’t need to be there for the whole day. For example, if they’re not much of a party animal, make sure they are taken home before the evening begins. Similarly, the level of involvement can vary, whether you want them as an additional spectator or choose to give them responsibility such as baring the rings.
Of course, there are elements of your day that you want to keep secret, with surprised faces as your guests dote on your pooch. However, it’s best you check with your human guests that they’re okay with dogs, especially if there are children invited. Equally, one of your guests could be allergic to your furry friend and you’ll have some unexpected sneezing coming from the back row.
Too much to handle
There will be a lot happening on the day, so you won’t be able to keep an eye on your pup or give them the attention that they need. It’s best to assign a family member or friend to look after them for the day. Besides, picking up doggy doo doo in your wedding dress probably isn’t the elegant image you had in mind for your special day.
Be our guest
Before making any plans with your dog, make sure your venue is pet friendly. Often you will need permission to bring them along. Here at Rivenhall Oaks we welcome all of your guests, whether they have four legs or two.
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