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Involving pets at wedding. Is this a good or bad idea?

The presence of animals at weddings is no longer a rarity. Dogs, cats, horses, and even exotic animals have participated. Living in an age where we constantly want to surprise each other, the presence of animals at weddings has also become one of such surprises. And it's no wonder because animals are our best friends. Especially in the case of dogs, the bride and groom have a question about what choice would be the best - to leave the family pet in some faithful hands or to involve them in the wedding.

What to consider when pets are involved in weddings?

If the best friend of both of you is your pet, who plays a big role in your life, and you don't want to spend even a few hours without it, even it is such an important day as the wedding, then you can consider the idea of involving your pet in the wedding.

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Photo: IEVA ANDRUPE

There are pros:

  • Your pet / best friend will be with you at such an important moment.
  • Your pet will not miss you and will give joy to others - animals are considered to be a good sign at weddings, symbolizing a happy marriage.
Photo: LINDA LAUVA

Ways to include your pet in your wedding:

Find out what your wedding venue opinion is

When choosing a wedding venue, find out the venue's policy regarding animals. There will be venues where is a strict no-pet policy, especially when it comes to big dogs.

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Photo: MIKS ŠĒLS

Find out what guests think about it

If the wedding venue allows the presence of animals, find out what the guests might feel about your pet company at the wedding. It is possible that one of the guests is allergic to cat fur or has a strong fear of dogs - you would not want to ruin this day for the guests or yourself.

Photo: LINDA LAUVA 

Find a trustee

You also need to answer the question of who will take care of your family's pet throughout the evening. The dog may do natural needs in unpredictable places, and due to the presence of many people (most of whom will want to take a picture with your pet or at least stroke him), it may feel threatened and start behaving unpredictably. Therefore, care should be taken that the dog spends the whole evening with someone he knows and feels comfortable with. To be even more confident that the dog will feel good at the wedding venue, it is advisable to go there in advance - thus allowing him to get to know the surroundings.

The same goes if you want to dress up your family friend especially. The clothes should be tried before the wedding, allowing the pet to understand what is going on, especially if the costume is not worn daily.

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Photo: KLAIDS LIELBIKSIS

Ideas on how to include a dog in your wedding

If you are convinced of your pet's behavior and know that society will be more of a pleasure than an annoyance, the presence of an animal at a wedding can turn into a truly wonderful experience and delight.

  • Your dog can be a ring bearer or a flower dog carrying petals in a basket. If you think it will be too complicated, you can tie a small basket to the dog's neck or a ring pad on the back - the guests will be excited and the photos will be wonderful.
  • If a dog is really important to your family, why not give honor and let walk the bride down the aisle or meet the bride together with the groom? This moment, too, would be worth a beautiful photo and some tears of touch.
  • However, if you decide that your own and your pet's heart will be calmer without being present at the wedding, don't forget to find a suitable home - be it a professional pet hotel or animal caretakers, make sure that the day is just as happy and peaceful for your pet like for yourself.
  • Involve a pet in a pre-wedding photo session - it will also provide pleasant memories and will not cause unnecessary worries for your pet or you.
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Photo: LINDA LAUVA

Author: LIENE PALENA

Photo: IEVA ANDRUPE, RALINA GAZIZOVA, MIKS ŠĒLS, LINDA LAUVA, KLAIDS LIELBIKSIS

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