Do you hear wedding bells? How exciting and congratulations! Dress? Check! Venue? Check! Dog? Che…wait, what? Your big day can be just as fun for your pet too. After all, saying yes means that you and your partner will be combining your lives into one happily ever after…furbaby and all. You may want your dog involved in every aspect of the planning from the Save the Date to the I Dos, or you may just want Fluffy to be in the pictures. Whichever way he or she is going to be involved, getting hitched can go off without a hitch with some simple ideas and preparations.
THE DOG HATES THE NEW HUMAN
You and your fiancé fell madly in love, but your dog hates his new human. Don’t assume everything will fall into place once you get married. Plan ahead. Here are some great tips and tricks for getting your grumpy pooch to acclimate to – and possibly one day “like” – your new mate. One of the most important things to focus on is to make sure Princess knows that her new human is a fun bonus (treats, playtime, etc.) and isn’t just the person that takes you away from her.
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
Corny or cute, having your dog do the proposing with ring in collar is downright adorable. Not only does it create a lasting impression and a fun story to tell, but it also shows your dog that he is an important part of your marriage right from the start. Ideas include:
- Puppy Proposal – yep, you guessed it, you get a puppy AND a ring.It’s pretty hard to top that!And the added benefit is the dog is now your first (and probably best) wedding gift EVER.
- Sign or Tag Proposal – a “Will You Marry Me” sign carefully draped around your dog’s neck or a specially made dog tag (there are a bazillion on Etsy) will do the trick nicely.They also then become treasured memorabilia.
- Collar Proposal – our personal favorite way to go is the ring on collar proposal.Our Eternity Collar fits the bill in that it features intertwined wedding rings that will match perfectly with your very own attached engagement ring!
SAVE THE DATE
Another cute idea on how to incorporate your dog into the planning is to include her in the Save the Date photo. Many couples use signs – and there are hundreds of examples on Pinterest and some good ones here - but we especially liked this clever idea of using t-shirts.
THE BIG DAY
“Here comes the bride, with doggie by her side!” If that sounds like the perfect wedding to you, then you’re in luck! We make several wedding-themed collars to make your dog feel special on your big day. From traditional collars to rosebud rings, your dog will look magnificent walking down the aisle, in pictures, and pawing it up on the dancefloor. Here are some other truly unique ideas for including your pet’s likeness in on the celebration. We really like the pet-inspired signature cocktail sign we found here.
Lastly, if you “do” choose to include your pup in the “I Dos,” then you should know his or her limitations and prepare accordingly. Invite a dog sitter or someone close to your dog who can monitor your pet’s needs throughout their time in attendance: everything from bathroom and water breaks to some quiet downtime. By having someone else responsible for their care throughout the day, you can focus on soaking up every detail of your big day.