Should Your Dog Be a Part of Your Wedding Day?

Posted on: 21 June 2017

Some members of your family would be insulted if you deliberately didn't invite them to your wedding. Your dog is unlikely to care too much, other than the fact that they will need to be left with a dog sitter for the day. So it's not as though you're going to need to have an awkward conversation with your pooch about why they weren't invited. Bringing your dog to your wedding is largely for your benefit, and it's a logical thing to think about. You want to have the people who are closest to you there on your big day, even if some of them are not technically people. There are a few things you need to consider if you are thinking about having your dog there on your wedding day.

Will Your Dog Be Allowed at the Venue?

It might simply be the case that your chosen venue doesn't allow dogs, and that can be the end of the matter. Have a word with the venue to find out. If a wedding hire company is taking care of all the arrangements, ask them.

What Kind of Personality Does Your Dog Have?

You know your pooch best. Will he or she be able to behave themselves at a wedding? They will need to stay relatively calm and not become overexcited and disruptive when encountering a large crowd of people. Some dogs might love this too much, meaning that their exuberance will perhaps be too much of an annoyance. Other dogs might become stressed and will simply not have a good time.

Do You Want Your Dog to Play a Role in the Ceremony?

This is probably unwise. Even the most well-behaved and obedient of dogs can't necessarily be relied upon to hold the rings or something along those lines. Your dog can certainly be right by your side when you exchange vows, but that should be it—just being there.

Can Someone Look After the Dog?

You will have no shortage of guests wanting to keep an eye on your dog during the day, but it can be a lot of work. They need to make sure that the dog doesn't run amok, that the dog has access to water and food as needed, and they will also need to clean up any "messes" that the dog makes. It's a lot of work, and you will be otherwise occupied. It's probably best to have a few different guests take care of the dog throughout the day in shifts. This means nobody will be excluded from the celebrations simply because they need to keep an eye on your pooch.

It would be fantastic if your dog can be a part of your wedding, but there are certainly a few things you need to think about before they're invited.

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