Weddings are exciting. Some may even say they are “tail-waggingly” so. The preparations, the ceremonies, and the celebrations on the big day are unforgettable. If everyone else you love is there to celebrate, why not include your fur baby? They bring joy and happiness to everyone around them, which is exactly what you want on such a momentous occasion.
Having a furry ring bearer at your wedding can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, particularly if it’s a dog (and not just your hairy cousin) However, there are some things you should think about before bringing a canine friend into your big day.
What to Consider Before Making Your Dog a Ring Bearer
Everything on your big day should go smoothly, so before deciding to include your dog on your wedding day, ensure that your pet is up to the task.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Does my dog have separation issues or get jealous?
- Is my dog well-trained to handle the long day ahead without barking and being restless during the ceremony?
- Is my dog sensitive towards certain people or has issues with crowds?
- Is my dog potty-trained?
- Does the venue have any pet restrictions?
- Does my dog support this relationship, or will there be a problem when the officiant says “speak now or forever hold your peace”?
If your dog is well-trained, you can have them carry your rings down the aisle to the altar using a basket in their mouth, a special pillow harnessed on their back, or a pouch fixed to the collar.
An alternative way for the dogs to be part of your wedding includes tying fake rings on their collar or dressing them in a floral accessory or bow tie to make an appearance. A dedicated safe keeper can hold your rings as the pup(s) make their way down the aisle.
How to Dress Your Dog on Your Wedding Day
Your big day would not be complete without your scruffy best friend, and including them to witness you and your significant other exchanging vows can strengthen your bond. When you decide to have your dog on your wedding day, ensure they look dapper.
Before D-Day, dress up your dog in the attire or costume to familiarize them with the clothes. Having them wear the attire before the big day helps you determine their comfort and make adjustments. A popular way to dress up your pup is a classic bow tie that matches the groomsman or a floral wreath to match the bridesmaid.
How to Train Your Dog to Be a Ring Bearer
Adding them to your big day will be easy if your dog is naturally well-behaved.
However, regardless of their mannerisms, the day’s emotions can easily excite them.
So make plans ahead to cover the big day’s activities, including having someone to care for your dog exclusively.
Of course, you don’t want to run around in your pristine gown or your sharp suit.
As you prepare for your wedding day, remember to acquaint your dog with what it’s like to walk down the aisle with fake rings or the big day’s costume. Positively reaffirm their understanding of sitting, walking, and keeping quiet, then reward them with their favorite treats (maybe not wedding cake, though. We’re not vets, but that doesn’t seem like a great idea).
It’s important to note that not all dogs are up to the task. If your dog is overly protective or jealous, anxious around crowds, and is not afraid to use its loud bark, reconsider their involvement in the ceremony. Instead, you can have them pose with you and your significant other for a wedding family portrait.
What to Do After the Ceremony
During your wedding preparations, consider setting up a solid plan for your dog after tying the knot. The plan is dependent on your wedding venue. For instance, find one that accommodates dogs if the reception is at a hotel. After the wedding, you can take your furry buddy to the hotel room to rest, having hired a designated caretaker for the night or the period you will be at the hotel.
If you are getting hitched at a farm or ranch, ensure it’s also pet-friendly so that you can keep your dog longer in the ceremony for the cocktail hour. Being an important family member, your dog should appear in family photos and interact with your friends.
Let Your Dog Make Your Big Day Unforgettable
Your wedding day will be blissful, but the day will end. Fortunately, the memories of the beautiful day, including your dog ring bearer’s images, will forever be imprinted in your mind and remembered through the beautiful portraits.
Making your dog a ring bearer will create a unique bond between the three of you as you share an intimate and special moment. Grand Rapids Bride is a leading resource for your wedding plans that provide excellent resources like the wedding checklist and vendors such as reception venues, entertainment, and honeymoon planning, taking the planning and arrangement stress off you.
HAPPY WEDDING PLANNING!