Some people love their pets almost as much as they love the person they are engaged to marry. If this sounds like you, think about ways to include your special four legged friend in the bigest day of your life. Here are some of the top wedding tips for dog lovers.
Are you interested in having your dog participate in your wedding ceremony? Be sure to take this into account when you are selecting a venue. The reality is that very few churches will allow any dogs on their promises other than service animals. The same can be true of many other indoor avenues, although there are some major hotel chains that accept pets as guests; a ballroom in one of these hotels could have been a good option for an inside ceremony. If you are open to an outdoor wedding, of course, including your dog will be much easier.
Once you have found a place that will let Fido in, the next step is to prepare him or her for the wedding. A fresh bath and a trip to the groomer is definitely in order in the days before the wedding. Also give some thought to an ornament or other special detail to adorn your dog for the wedding. The appropriate choice will depend on both the style of your wedding and the personality of your dog.
For a small dog, a crystal collar that coordinates with the bride's crystal bridal jewelry looks fabulous. If your dog is too macho for canine crystal bridal jewelry, then dress him up with a new leather collar in your wedding colors. Of course if you have the type of dog who is willing to wear a fancy sweater or other outfit, by all means, run with that. Just no wedding dress on anyone other than the bride, please!
Because you love your pet, you also want to give some thought to how he or she will fare in a big crowd of revelers. If you know that your dog is to an anxiety, you might give him a limited role, such as walking down the aisle, but then going home for the reception (you can always bring him a doggie bag afterwards!). On the other hand, if you have a fun loving Lab or a laid back Golden Retriever, he can stay and enjoy the festivities as long as he likes. It is important to design someone as the dog's handler for the evening to make sure that he is taken out for bathroom breaks as needed and to keep him from sampling the wedding cake.
Speaking of cake, if your beloved dog can not join you at your wedding, why not include him in spirit? A really fun idea is to have a groom's cake created that looks like his favorite pet. This makes a terrific surprise from the bride. Another neat thing that you can do is have custom postage stamps made featuring a photo of your furry friend. You might just want to order enough of these to use for your everyday correspondence as well!
Finally, going on your honeymoon does not have to mean leaving your dog behind. Before resigning yourself to boarding your dog in a kennel, investigate your options for a canine-friendly honeymoon. Do not think that the only hotels that accept dogs are going to be grungy motels, either; on the contrast, very fine hotels such as Westins, Hyatts, and even the Mandarin Oriental will allow you to vacation with your pet. This tend to work best with small dogs, as they can be transported onto an airplane, and are just much more portable in general. Of course, do give some thought to what your dog will do while you are splashing in the ocean or sightseeing in a city. Many pet friendly hotels actually offer daycare and spa services for your best friend, so you will know that he is enjoying the vacation as much as you are. Now that is music to the ears of dog loving newlyweds!