Fur-ever Together: How to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding Day

November 14, 2023
Fur-ever Together: How to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding Day

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s a laundry list of details to check off – flowers, an officiant, attire, color schemes, venue, and more. But amidst all this, when does one think about their beloved pet(s)?

Couples often find themselves in the final stretch, realizing, “What do we do with our furry friend?” With close friends and family attending the wedding, it can be a tall order to ask them to assist. While it’s possible, it would be a significant favor and might cause them to miss out on crucial moments of the ceremony or reception.

Engaging a wedding pet care service can take the worry out of having your pet be a part of your big day.

Pets of Honor stands as Colorado’s pioneering all-inclusive wedding pet care service. They remove the hassle of including your pet in your wedding, allowing you to focus on those cherished “I do’s.” From preparing your pet for the day to overseeing them throughout the festivities, they’ve got it covered. What’s more, they even offer transportation, sparing you from any unwanted pet hair or overly affectionate kisses.

Photos by Ashlee Brooke Photography

Picture this: as you prepare to walk down the aisle, the collective “aww” from your guests fills the air. In that moment, you know your pet is taking those steps toward your future spouse. Including your pet in your wedding should be a part of the wedding planning checklist. After all, they’re a cherished part of your family, and you want all your loved ones present, don’t you?

Pets of Honor offers a range of services, from assisting at your engagement photoshoot to being there with your pet on your wedding day. They’ll even ensure your pet is comfortably settled at your hotel, providing you with peace of mind to savor your evening.

 

Photos by Branson Maxwell, Jake and Kylee, Kristen Law Photography, Brooke Johnson Photo

The owner of Pets of Honor, Lauren, shares her favorite moments from weddings: “One is when the couple’s pet walks down the aisle, the other is when their pet is signing the marriage license.”

For couples considering including their pet in their wedding, Pets of Honor is ready to brainstorm ideas with you. They strive to make it as seamless as possible, all while aiding your photographer in capturing those precious moments when your pet sees you dressed up and all they want are belly scratches.

 

Photos by Ashlee Brooke Photography

Additionally, it’s crucial to discuss your pet’s participation with your vendors. Consider logistics like designated potty areas and venue accessibility for your pet. Pets of Honor can handle these details, ensuring a smooth flow for your furry friend on the big day.

For those who opt not to have their pet physically present, there are alternative ways to honor their memory. Consider signature cocktails named after your pet or displaying their photos around the venue.

 

Photo by Alicia D’Elia Photography

Here’s a guide on how to include your pet in your wedding:

  1. Plan Ahead: Start early to ensure your pet’s involvement goes off without a hitch. Secure the services of a wedding pet care provider in advance.
  2. Pet-Friendly Venue: Choose a venue that welcomes animals, particularly for outdoor ceremonies.
  3. Professional Pet Care: Enlist the services of a wedding pet care specialist who understands how to keep pets content during the event.
  4. Customized Experience: Work with your pet care expert to tailor your pet’s role to their personality.
  5. Meet & Greet: Arrange a meeting between your pet and the wedding pet attendant to ease any anxiety on the big day.
  6. Attire and Accessories: Ensure your pet is comfortable and safe in their chosen attire. Consider renting items from a wedding pet care service if you prefer not to purchase them.
  7. Pet Handler: Designate a trusted handler familiar with your pet to oversee them during the ceremony and reception.
  8. Pet’s Comfort: Provide breaks, water, and a quiet space for your pet to relax during the festivities. Discuss with the venue where your pet should do their business.
  9. Safety First: Keep your pet on a leash or in a secure area at all times to prevent any unforeseen incidents. Prepare a list of emergency contacts just in case.
  10. Capture the Moments: Hire a professional pet-friendly photographer to immortalize your pet’s endearing moments.
  11. Guest Awareness: Inform your guests in advance about your pet’s role, especially if they have allergies or fears.
  12. Exit Strategy: Plan a safe and comfortable exit for your pet after their role in the ceremony.

For expert advice on making your pet’s involvement in your wedding memorable and stress-free, consult with a professional pet care service like Pets of Honor.

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