Nov 09, 2018

Morgan Events Standard | Pets in Weddings

This one’s for all the pet lovers out there! For those of you who consider pets your family, here are our Top 5 Tips for including pets in your wedding celebration.

1. Consider Your Pet’s Personality – A pet can be a guest of honor and simply stand with the wedding party during the ceremony, or your pet can have a specific role (ring bearer or flower girl are common roles) in the ceremony. But before giving your pet a starring role, think about whether this will be an enjoyable experience for him or her. Will your pet feel comfortable around your guests? Is he or she obedient and well behaved? There’s no guarantee that your pet will behave exactly how you want them to on the day of the wedding. Even the most outgoing and friendly pet can be overwhelmed by a crowd of guests, so always have treats and water on hand to curb unwanted behaviors. 

2. Confirm That Pets are Allowed in Your Ceremony/Reception Facility – With everything else on your to-do list, it’s easy to forget this simple—yet important—step. You don’t want to show up on the day of your wedding, four-legged ring-bearer in tow, only to be told that pets are not allowed on the property, etc. Can’t bring your pet? You can still include him or her in the wedding! Include your pet in your portrait session before and/ or after the ceremony.

3. Book a Pet Sitter – You have enough to worry about on the day of your wedding—hire a pet sitter to be responsible for bringing your pet to the ceremony, taking them home after, or watching them during the reception. That way, you won’t need to worry about who’s feeding the dog (or keeping him away from the chocolate). Let your pet sitter be your pet’s guide. And if your pet is especially skittish, consider having someone carry him or her or letting them catch a ride in a wagon or stroller. And if your pet is overly affectionate or easily distracted, be sure to use a short leash.

4. Don’t Jeopardize Safety for Style – Make sure your pet’s attire (tux, dress, etc) fits properly and doesn’t create any discomfort. Keep the accessories simple—a bowtie, ribbon and/or flower attached to the collar is a fun way to dress up your pet. Ensure that any accessories won’t come loose and pose a choking hazard. And most importantly, be sure to check if any flowers or plants being used at your wedding are toxic to your animals.

5. Prepare Your Photographer- If you already know your pet will be joining your celebration when you’re choosing a photographer, make sure you choose someone who is comfortable around animals. Don’t assume just because you have the sweetest pup that your photographer will love them. Tell your photography team of your intent to include your pet in advance. It’ll help your photographers prep for those unplanned moments, like when your dog leaps up to kiss you during the vows! Your photographer can also help you brainstorm fun photo ideas with your pets for the portraits after the ceremony or during the initial getting ready time of the day.

And now, time for some fun furry friends photos! Thanks to the following photographers for catching our furry friends in action!

Michelle Walker | Gertrude & Mabel | Arrowood Photography

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