“A dog is a man’s best friend”, goes the proverb, and for good reason. Any pet owner will be ready to swear on their life that the love of a dog is perfect and complete, their devotion unwavering and their loyalty firm. When you and your pet love each other dearly, you naturally want to have them by your side on your wedding day too. Luckily, there are many adorable ways to have your pupper not only present, but also included in the big day.
This only works if your dog is used to people and crowds, and if they don’t mind strangers petting them and children playing with them. Also, this is an ideal role for older dogs, as they won’t have to move around too much. You can have them hold a plate that has ‘Welcome’ written on it, or you can have it hanged around their neck like a collar. This charming sight will melt the guests’ hearts, and you will have your furry friend by your side.
Flower girl and ring bearer
If your dog is well-trained and calm around crowds, you can give them a task to help your flower girl. They can carry a basket full of flower petals which a flower girl may take and throw as both of them walk down the aisle. To have your four-legged best friend prepare the aisle for your arrival is truly special. On the other hand, your doggo may even be the ring bearer and carry the ring in a special box in their mouth or tied around their neck. Still, if you think this would be too much responsibility for them, you can have your regular flower girl and/or ring bearer lead your dog on the leash while walking down the aisle.
Bridesmaid and/or best man
Your dog is probably your best friend and your little furbaby (no matter how old they get, they will always and forever be our precious babies) and it’s only natural you want them close when you get married. Have your dog(s) as a groomsman or a bridesmaid, decorate their leashes and collars so that they match your outfits, and have them sit in the front row as you say your vows. Having them stand by your side will mean the world to both of you.
Pet cake toppers
Sometimes you won’t be able to put your plans into action: your dog might get sick or the venue simply won’t allow dogs. As sad as it sounds, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to have your pets by your side. Have cake toppers made in your dog’s likeness or simply their silhouette. You could also print their photo, have it framed, and keep it on your table so that you feel like they are right there.
Have a pet photo shoot
If your pup is too small to have a huge role, but you still want to include them into your wedding day, you can have a pet photo shoot. It doesn’t have to be a long session, but having the two of you showing genuine feelings and devotion to each other will make the photos look truly miraculous. Of course, the dog has to look as good as you, so you can schedule a puppy grooming treatment and get a nice new collar for them too. You can tie a satin bow around their neck that matches the details on your dress or your bouquet and have your picture taken. You will probably cherish the photos forever.
Having your furry best friend by your side when you say ‘I do’ is wonderful, but you need to be aware that pets too can have anxiety and panic attacks, especially if they aren’t used to crowds and the presence of a lot of people. If you think that your pupper will have a hard time, it might be a good idea to limit their presence and role at your wedding, or to leave them at home and spare them the stress.
Contributing Author: Amelia is an author on the site Smooth Decorator and now a fresh