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Including Your Furry Friend: Preparing to Have Your Pet Present on Your Wedding Day

Whether it's a dog, cat, rabbit or hamster, pets bring endless joy and love into our lives. Pets are a part of the family so it's natural to want to include them in your special day. However, having your pet present on your wedding day requires careful planning and consideration to ensure everything goes smoothly. From a designated pet caregiver to grooming and treats, here are some tips and considerations for how to have your pet be a part of your big day.

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Designated Pet Caregiver

Since you'll be pulled in many different directions on your wedding day, having someone responsible for your pet's well-being is crucial. Designate a trusted family member, friend, or professional pet sitter to take care of your pet's needs throughout the day. This person should be someone your pet is familiar with and comfortable around. They can help ensure your pet is fed, hydrated, and has necessary bathroom breaks. Having a designated caregiver allows you to fully enjoy your wedding day without worrying about your pet's welfare.

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Choosing an Appropriate Venue

When you've decided to include your pet in your wedding festivities, the choice of venue becomes even more important. Opt for a location that is pet-friendly and has suitable accommodations for your furry friend. Outdoor venues like gardens, parks, or beachside locations often provide a better environment for pets. Make sure to check with the venue beforehand to confirm their pet policy and any regulations you need to adhere to.

How Much of the Day They'll Be Present For

Consider your pet's temperament and comfort level in social situations. While you might want your pet to be present for most of the day, it's important to gauge how they'll handle the crowd, noise,

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and excitement. Some pets might thrive in a bustling environment, while others might feel overwhelmed. If your pet is easily stressed or anxious, you might want to limit their presence to specific parts of the day, such as the ceremony and photo sessions.

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Role They Will Play

Incorporating your pet into the wedding can be a sweet and uplifting experience for both you and your guests. One popular role is having your pet serve as the ring bearer. Attach the rings securely to your pet's collar or use a decorative cushion for them to carry down the aisle. However, keep in mind your pet's temperament and training. If they're not comfortable in large crowds or walking down the aisle, consider a different role, such as simply being present during the ceremony or posing for photos with you.

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Pack Treats Treats are not just for rewarding your pet's good behaviour – they can also help keep them calm and focused throughout the day. Pack a variety of their favourite treats to offer during breaks or as a reward for fulfilling their role. This can be especially useful during photo sessions, as treats can help hold their attention and capture those picture-perfect moments.


Just as you put effort into looking your best on your wedding day, consider giving your pet a bit of pampering too. Schedule a grooming session a few days before the wedding to ensure they're looking their finest. A well-groomed pet will not only look adorable in photos but also be more comfortable during the festivities.

dog with groom

Including your pet in your wedding day can add a heartwarming touch of personalization to your celebration. With thoughtful planning and consideration, you can create a memorable experience for both you and your furry friend. By taking these steps, you'll be well on your way to creating cherished memories that include your little family member in the joyous celebration of your love.

Dog at Wedding

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