About Pets and Weddings
The How to Guide Step by Step-Comprehensive
As they are considered part of the family, our pets are part of the most intimate wedding ceremonies.
They come in different breeds, sizes, and formats: Dogs and cats, parrots, turtles, birds, rodents, and even snakes. And if they are in our daily lives, why could they not participate in the most important day of our lives?
Thinking about it, we created this step-by-step guide about Pets and Weddings, with recommendation tips for the bride and groom. They wish to have a different celebration, following the trend of having animals in the wedding ceremony.
Socialize your pet
The animal needs to be sociable, enjoy being among people, even strangers, to participate in this event. We will need to evaluate the animals' behavior. To take part in the wedding ceremony will be imperative for the animal to be trained and to have a history of good behavior. Some animals are naturally more social than others. Many pets are shy or scared in these situations. But the rule of thumb is no puppies. They tend to be agitated and undisciplined.
Consider an older animal, preferably one more than one and a half years older.
Evaluate the place as a safe place for your pet and others.
Verify the rules of the place where the ceremony is taking place and make sure they allow animals. Prioritize calmer environments. Ask if the place accepts animals—especially the church, chapel, or temple wedding. Even on the farm or on the beach, it is important to do this check to avoid problems on the Big Day.
It is good that the animal knows the ceremony's location in advance to not be surprised on the day (especially dogs and cats). Take the pet to the place, stroll with him for a while, take a break and see how he reacts.
Also, it would be a good idea to check if people involved in the ceremony are allergic to animals. Talk to the celebrant, groomsmen, godmothers, pages and girls, fathers, mothers, etc. Especially those who are going to get close to the pet.
See also if someone has a phobia (extreme fear) of the species, especially those who will approach or touch the animal. Many people suffer from phobia and even panic with pets. Cover all the bases!
Defining their Roles: Pets and Weddings
Define the role and the extent of the participation of your pet. Would he be a Ring Holder, or she the flower girl? They can also serve the Best Man or Maid of Honor; it only depends on you.
Define the animal's role in the ceremony and train it well, including the music performed on the spot. If necessary, ask for help from a professional trainer, as in dogs that carry rings.
Suppose he is going to wear clothes or a unique accessory (hat, tie, plaque). In that case, he tries everything beforehand to feel comfortable on the day. Do not forget spare parts in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Do not rely solely on the pet. Have a plan B if on the day the pet is not "willing" to collaborate. For example: if he is scheduled to take the rings and at the time he is unable to, a child who rehearsed before may replace him.
First, coach your pet and then teach him and train them again!
Try training your animal to go to busy places such as farmer's markets or busy parks. It is also advisable to bring your pet several times to where the ceremony will occur. Hence, they get used to the environment.
Get your Furbaby a "Pet Nanny."
Choose in advance one or two closest guests who will be your pet's caregivers. We recommend that this person should be someone that will oversee your furbaby and making sure nothing will be out of control, for you, for the guests, and your furbaby. We all want this day to be perfect!
It needs to be someone he does not find strange and willing to do the job with pleasure, including having to take the pet home before the end of the event if he is stressed or frightened by the movement. As soon as the ceremony draws to a close, get your pet home right away. They must get away from the exhilaration of an ending party. This way, they will not get anxious and overexcited.
Transparency and Disclosures
Decide and communicate clearly whether your pet should be the only pet allowed at the wedding or if guests will also be able to bring their pets.
In this case, the entire ceremonial must be prepared to receive the animals (food, space, etc.).
All the loved ones are present at the event. Why leave the pets. Beware that there are levels of preparation for ceremonies performed with pets.
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