Many couples choose to include a beloved pet or young family member in their ceremony. This can be a great way to inject a bit of personality and fun into your wedding, but keep in mind that animals and small children can be unpredictable! If you decide to include these family members in your event, be sure to plan ahead so as to not add any unnecessary stress to the day. Try some of these tips for your event:
- Make sure to pack everything the pet or child will need to be comfortable, happy, and safe all day. For your pet, this may include water, food, treats, a bed, toys, any medicines, a leash or carrier, and anything you will need to clean up after them. For children, be sure to pack snacks and drinks, toys, a change of clothes, and diapers (if necessary).
- Designate someone, such as a family member or good friend, who is familiar with your pet to take care of them throughout the day. For young children, their parent is the obvious choice. However, if the child is yours, designate someone to be their “babysitter” for the day (especially during the ceremony).
- Make a plan and rehearse it – bring your pet to the venue once or twice so that they can get used to the new sites and smells. Rehearse the walk down the aisle with both pets and children so that everyone knows what to do on the big day.
- Test out any outfit you plan for your pet or child to wear so that they are comfortable in it and so that you know it will not become a hazard.
- If you choose to incorporate your pet into your event, let any guests who might be allergic or afraid know that they will be present. Bring your pet to the vet prior to you wedding to make sure they are up to date on any shots or treatments.
Remember, no matter how much pre-planning you do, things may not always go exactly as you were envisioning it. But don’t let any mishaps get in the way of your otherwise perfect day!