What Should We Do With Our Canine Ring Bearer After the Ceremony?

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Many pet owners consider their animals an integral part of the family, and none more so than a beloved pup. Including a dog in the wedding has become par for the nuptial course, but unlike other wedding guests, a canine won't wish to sit and stay through a five-course dinner and dancing until dawn. So what should a bride do with her dog when the vows are over? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to handle a canine wedding attendee post-ceremony.

Unless your wedding is taking place at an outdoor venue, your pup either need a secure space to roam under the careful supervision of a minder. While there may be canine caregivers for hire on the premises and a number of talent pet sitters in your region, look to your immediate family and friends for help before setting your sights on a costly service. Your pet will respond better to a friendly face than a stranger, and entrusting your companion to a loved one will ensure he receives the best care possible. If one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen has a soft spot for animals, task them with taking your dog for a stroll post-ceremony, depositing the animal at the appropriate pre-approved space, and confirming the canine has adequate food, water, and attention throughout the celebration.

See More: What Are Some Fun Ways to Include Our Dog in the Wedding?

If keeping your dog on-site isn't an option, arrange for a guest or designated pet sitter to transport your canine home or to a kennel after your vows. While you may need to pay extra for such services, a happy pet and a blissfully worry-free evening will be well worth the price.

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