You’re planning for one of the biggest and most memorable days of your life, which means you -must- include your very best friend. I mean the one with four legs, who’s always the best keeper of secrets and worships the ground you walk on. It just wouldn’t be the same without her. Here’s a few ways to include little Sophie in your special day.
Pick someone that can be trusted with your dog and who will be at your wedding, but not an integral part of your day be Miss Sophie’s date for the day. If she’s in the ceremony, have this person hand her off to whoever she’ll come down the aisle with and then take over again as soon as the ceremony is done. Anyone who is going to be in your wedding party will already have lots to think about so assigning someone to puppy duty is the best option – plus no bridesmaid is going to want to deal with -duty- in her amazing dress. Put your pooch-sitter in charge of bringing her to your photos for a few ‘family’ shots and taking her home before your reception.
You know your pooch better than anyone, if she’s happy-go-lucky and will love all the attention from guests, then I say include her in as much of the day as you can. If she’s going to be overwhelmed or too excitable, limit the parts of your day she’s going to partake in. The last thing you want is when the officiant says “speak now or forever hold your peace’ is to have Miss Sophie go on a little barking rant. Albeit that might turn into a good laugh, it’s probably not what you’ve envisioned as an intimate and romantic ceremony. If you don’t think your pup will be able to keep her cool, have her around while you’re getting ready and have your dog wrangler bring her for photos after you say your “I do’s”.
When your big day comes around, you’re going to know if it’s going to be a hot or mild day. Our little (and big) fur babies cannot take the heat the same way we can if it’s a hot day so make sure to have a water dish on hand and don’t let your pooch over-heat. That being said, they’re much more adept at handling the rain than some of us are, just be sure that if the ground is wet that you don’t end up with little brown paw marks on your bright white dress. However you decide to include your precious in your big day, please don’t leave them alone in the car!
Get your pooch a matching leash and collar that co-ordinates with your wedding colours, this way she’ll feel dressed for the occasion.