Unconditional love. Afternoon snuggles. Putting someone else’s needs first. Your relationship with your dogs can go a long way in prepping you to be a great life partner. So of course you both want your four-legged bestie to play a special role in your special day.
According to a recent Rowan survey, 63% of pup parents said that if they were to get married, they would want to include their dog in the wedding festivities. So whether your pooch is playing Dog of Honor or simply making a special appearance for the wedding pics, here are some quick tips to make the big day a big success.
Keep things simple. Your pooch doesn’t need to be the star of the show. It’s you and your partner’s day, after all. So tailor your dog’s participation to their temperament. If a walk down the aisle with flowers seems ambitious, keep your pup’s appearance to a minimum—think pictures and post-vow kisses.
Practice and plan ahead. Practice well beforehand and make sure to include anyone escorting your dog in the practice runs. Also, have a clear plan for who’ll be caring for your pup before and after their wedding moment. This job can go to someone your dog loves who doesn’t have any wedding party duties. Make sure your chosen dog sitter takes your pup for a walk prior to the main event so they can burn off any excess energy.