Pets at weddings... Do you, don't you? If you can't imagine your big day without your beloved pet, consider these essential factors before deciding.
Should You Have Pets at Your Wedding? Consider These Pros and Cons
The Fur Factor: Know Your Pet
The first thing you should consider is your pet.
Do they thrive in crowds, and are they well-behaved?
If you've answered "no" to both questions, it might be best to leave them at home.
Your Pet's Personality
If your pet is well-behaved, has a friendly temperament, and can handle a bustling event, you've cleared the first hurdle.
Venue's Pet Policy
Before making any plans, check with your chosen venue to see if they allow pets on their property. Some places may have restrictions or may not be safe for your pets.
It's also crucial to confirm with your caterers, drivers, bar staff, band, and DJ that no one is allergic or fearful of your pet.
Capturing the Moment
Inform your photographer beforehand to brainstorm creative ideas for including your pet in the wedding photos.
Pet's Comfort Zone
Think about your pet's safety and well-being. Ensure there's a shelter, water, a designated toilet area, and a quiet space available for them during the event.
Consider assigning one or two responsible guests to look after your pet, ensuring they stay safe, happy, and well-fed throughout the day. It's a big responsibility, akin to caring for a baby. Also, arrange transportation for your pet after the ceremony if needed.
Consider Your Guests
Remember to inform your guests about your pet's presence, particularly if any of them have allergies. Please give them a heads-up so they can prepare accordingly. Consider all guests, especially if children might want to interact with your furry friend.
Defining Your Pet's Role
Now, the fun part – what role will your pet play?
Will they be the ring bearer, best "man," flower dog, walk you down the aisle, or sit in the front row?
There are so many fabulous possibilities!
Share Your Experience
Have you had your pet at your wedding? We'd love to hear about their involvement. Share your story in the comments below and tell me how it all went!
Love, Jade x
By considering these factors, you can decide whether to include your pet in your special day while ensuring everyone, including your furry friend, has a wonderful time.
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