Including your pet in your wedding day

Research released by Pawshake shows that more and more Aussies are incorporating their beloved pets in their all-important wedding day.

27 Feb 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

No ‘special day’ is complete without your four-legged friend, right? After all, who says your fur friend won’t make a great flower girl or boy? Who better to carry the ring than your trusty terrier and what better way to spend your wedding day than with your barking bestie?

More than 50% of brides and grooms-to-be are factoring their pets into their wedding day plans. Almost a quarter are even giving their pet the coveted role of ring bearer, maid of honour or best man, so if you’re considering including your pet in your wedding day prep, you’re certainly not alone.

dog at wedding

However, making your pet a part of one of the most memorable days of your life needs a little thought. Sarah Gaul, Pawshake community manager says that once you’ve confirmed that your chosen venue is pet friendly, start making plans to ensure there are minimal pet-related mishaps on the day.

She says, “It’s overwhelming when you and your partner are being pulled in a hundred different directions, posing for photos with all of your guests and making sure that your day runs smoothly. With the right people, you can turn man’s best friend into your best man on your wedding day.”

dog in wedding party

Consider your pet’s temperament around big groups of people: It’s usual for a pet to break habit when they are over excited or extremely tired. Help ensure your pet isn’t overwhelmed by the number of guests or mounds of food present at the reception by hiring a pet sitter.

dog in tuxedo

Make sure your pet isn’t allergic to anything: The best part is dressing up your pet for your big day. But before you do so, make sure the outfit or decorative wreath you have planned for your pet won’t give them an allergic reaction.

dog in wedding photos

Tell your guests that your pet will be making an appearance: Having eliminated anything that might make your pet break out, make sure you’ve told your guests that animals will be present at the wedding in case there are any allergic reactions.

dog walking down aisle

Practice makes perfect: Whether it is walking down the aisle or sitting obediently by the altar, make sure your pet practices for their appearance! The last thing you would need is for your dog to refuse walking down the aisle or your cat climbing all over guests during the ceremony. Having treats as ammunition will help you control the situation.

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Whether you do or don’t decide to include your dog in your wedding; it pays to plan ahead.

With over 6,000 dedicated pet sitters available on Pawshake, you can find a sitter for your four legged bridal party member and make sure they are well taken care of.  Hiring someone to take them home after the ceremony ensures that your pet doesn’t break habit, gets to rest and doesn’t cause mayhem when the post ceremony party kicks off!

27 Feb 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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