A lot has been spoken of brides and grooms- from their wedding attires to how to shop for them, our couples probably know every odd thing about their wedding. What we haven’t talked about is the participation of our family at our wedding ceremonies.
Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by their families on their wedding day? By family, we also include our cute little bundles of joy covered in furs- our dogs. All the pet-lovers out there would agree that they simply cannot afford to miss their loved ones on their special day.
Neither do we want you to leave your favourites at home. You definitely must have thought of carrying your pets along. Instead of letting them just run around the wedding premises, you can make them take parts in your ceremonies and you never know, your dog could turn out to be the cutest attraction of your wedding day. Trust me, girl, they can surpass your cuteness too!
There are a lot of roles that your dog can play for you. But, Before you assign them any role, take a moment and invest in thinking about their temperament. Judge their personality well and then assign their roles. Whatever be its personality, some of the roles that you can assign them are-
1. Carry your ring
This is the oldest trick that you can apply to have your dog participate in your wedding. You can attach the ring to its collar or place it on a cushion on its back for a more elegant look. You can choose whichever way you think is best, but remember you must trust your dog for whichever role you choose him.
2. Bear signs
This is another way to charge up the ‘aww’ factor. Your dog can turn up to be the sign bearer for you. If you have planned an outdoor wedding, your dog can be representing complicated directions.
3. Flower bearer
While you make your way to the podium, young girls sprinkle flowers on you. This is probably the best part of your wedding. How about replacing your flower girls with your dog? If not totally replace, he can definitely be an addition to it. But, make sure your dog does not carry any such flower that might prove harmful in case it ends up biting it.
4. The Bouquet
Brides carry a basket of flowers or a bouquet while walking down the aisle. How about carrying your Chihuahua instead? A fully dressed dog can easily call a defeat for the bouquet.
5. Bridesmaid or Groomsman
Your dog is also your best friend so it definitely deserves to be a part of the bridesmaid or groomsmen group. The best is, you can even make it your maid of honour or the best man. Imagine your dog standing in a tuxedo beside you- won’t that be a perfect picture?
6. Show you the path
How about your dog leading you the way till the podium? You would want someone trustworthy to lead you down the aisle, who could you rely upon apart from your best friend?
7. Make their presence felt
You know, sometimes, it can happen that no matter what you do, you cannot find a suitable role for your dog on your wedding day. No matter, if they cannot be present physically, they can definitely join you in spirits. You can include your dog in the cake topper, or make sure they are present during the photography session.
While there are many ways in which you can make your dog a part of the celebration– simply as an honoured guest or as the ring bearer or as the flower bearer. At the same time, you also need to make sure that it feels comfortable and is not irritated by the time-consuming rituals.
Here are a few ways how you can keep your pet calm throughout the wedding ceremonies.
1. Correct temperament = correct behaviour
Before anything else, judge your dog’s temper correct, find out if he is aggressive or friendly. After all, you don’t want to run after your dog to make him behave well. But, remember, you cannot train your dog for a certain role in the weeks prior to your wedding.
So, instead of trying that and wasting your time and mood, detect your dog’s correct temperament and assign roles accordingly. And watch them be the cutest attraction on your big day!
2. Not well behaved? No need at all
We know you love your dog, but definitely, certain behaviours of him are not cute. I mean, you might find them cute but your guests may not. If you know that your pet is not very well behaved, which is absolutely fine, cause no one is perfect, not even they. It’s wise not to add them to your wedding.
Remember, a forced action can have grave consequences. You will definitely not feel good to leave them back home, but that would be the best solution if you fear your dog to be a nuisance.
3.Understand the venue
You love your dog, they love you back- that’s a simple equation. But, every equation is not that simple. Neither is everyone going to pamper your dog. Many people are also allergic to animal furs.
Thus, to keep things safe and avoid unwanted situations, there are a lot of venues which restrict the entry of dogs. If you are decided upon carrying your dog along to the wedding venue, choose your venue wisely. Have a talk with the site manager and check if your pet will be welcomed.
4. Style ‘em up
Take your pet for a makeover before your wedding and reveal their stylish side. If you plan you accessorize them, make sure you don’t end up suffocating them. Choose comfortable garbs and try it a few times on time prior to the day. So, he gets used to it and does not feel uncomfortable.
Well, if he does feel so, surrender all plans and opt for a simple collar. He might feel at ease in it.
5. Choose a handler
Your pet will definitely play an important role in your wedding. But probably won’t be able to take his full care. Thus, it’s better to assign someone as a caretaker of your pet. Obviously, it has to be one your pet is well acquainted with.
6. Inform your guests
Well, it’s simple, not everyone gels well with pets around. So, it instead of shocking them on a respective day, inform them beforehand. Some vendors and attendants may refuse to work with dogs around.
7. Prepare & Rehearse
Take your pet on a regular visit to the wedding venue. As dogs like to sniff, they can smell and get acquainted with the venue and will not create undesired hazards on a particular day. Make sure you are certain about the role that your pet is going to play in your ceremony. Also, rehearse the same with them quite a few times so that they understand what they need to do.
8. Prepare for the worse
Even after rigorous planning, things can go wrong. So, it is not surprising that even after plannings your dog might just not feel like acting the way you taught him to. Never mind, you need to prepare yourself well to handle such unwanted situations. Make sure you have a backup plan ready.
Before you choose your pet to be the ring bearer or the flower bearer, keep them under proper care and pamper them a lot. Your pets can turn out to be the cutest attraction of your wedding