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How to Incorporate Your Pets Into Your Wedding (Without the Stress!)

Your fur babies are important members of your family, so it makes sense for them to play a role on your big day. But if you’re thinking about including pets at your wedding, there’s a few things you’ll need to consider first.

From transport to pet-sitting, keep reading for our top tips on getting your fur babies involved in your celebration – without adding any extra stress to the day!

How to Incorporate Your Pets Into Your Wedding
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Should You Include Your Pets at Your Wedding?

Before giving your pets a starring role in your wedding, you’ll first need to determine whether it’s actually practical for them to attend in the first place.

Remember, weddings are full of noise and activity, which can be stimulation overload for some pets!

Consider the following questions to help you make a decision:

-Is your venue pet-friendly?

-What is the temperament of your pets like? Will they be comfortable around a big group of people, live music and loud noises, or are they likely to get stressed and anxious?

-Will your pets be okay in wet weather?

-Do you have someone who can transport your pets to and from the wedding?

-Do you have someone who can supervise your pets during the wedding?

How to Incorporate Your Pets Into Your Wedding
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How to Incorporate Your Pets Into Your Wedding How to Incorporate Your Pets Into Your Wedding
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Tips for a Pet-Friendly Wedding

Pets can play a fantastic role in your wedding celebration (not to mention, an adorable addition to your wedding photos). So, what does a pet-friendly wedding actually look like?

Here are some of our tips to help you incorporate your pets seamlessly into your day.

Set a time limit

Even the most relaxed, sociable animals might not be able to last the entire duration of your wedding. Consider involving your pets for an hour or two (for example, walking down the aisle during your ceremony and featuring in your wedding portraits) before arranging for them to return home.

Organise a pet concierge

Did you know there are dedicated pet-minders available to hire for your wedding? Booking a pet-sitting service is a great way to alleviate the stress of having pets at your event. Our friends at First Class Pet Wedding Assistants offer tailored packages to suit your needs, giving you peace of mind that your fur babies are safe, comfortable and supervised at all times. This also means you don’t need to dedicate the job to a friend or family member, allowing them to enjoy the day without extra responsibilities.

Practice makes perfect

If your pets are going to be involved in your ceremony, it’s a good idea to bring them to your rehearsal so they can get familiar with the venue and practice their role before the day. Be sure to offer plenty of praise and encouragement for a job well done.

Dress them up

Finally, don’t forget to organise a special outfit, bow-tie or floral garland to ensure your fur babies are looking their best for the camera!

How to Incorporate Your Pets Into Your Wedding
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How to Include Your Pets at Your Wedding (Without Actually Having Them There)

If it’s not feasible for you to bring your pets to your wedding, there are plenty of special ways you can involve them from afar.

For example:

-Include them in your engagement shoot (and repurpose the photos on your wedding website or stationery)

-Incorporate them into a custom cake topper

-Display a photo of them at your reception

-Include them in your wedding morning prep

-Serve a signature cocktail named after your pet

-Give them a shout-out in your wedding vows

Whether you involve them in person or in spirit, including your pets in your wedding is a beautiful way to acknowledge just how special they really are.

Planning a wedding on the Tweed? Check out our ultimate guide to getting married on the Tweed Coast here.

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