*Your fiancé may be your soulmate, but there's another pal in your life whose support and unconditional adoration are essential to your happiness: your pet. Your canine companion has stood by you for better or for worse, so why shouldn't he be present for your
"I dos," too? Including a four-legged friend as a ring bearer in your wedding is a brilliant way to personalize your ceremony, but the rings themselves require more supervision than a pup can provide. Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to prevent your pet from losing your wedding rings.*
Assign your dog a minder who is either a member of the wedding party or a close friend, and make sure whomever you choose gives your pup adequate exercise before the ceremony. The last thing you need during your celebration is a wired canine running off with your rings in the middle of your vows.
Furthermore, don't give your pooch custody of your rings until moments before the ceremony. The longer your dog sports the precious cargo, the likelier the your rings will be misplaced. Securely fasten a ring pillow or pouch to your pooch's collar just before his stroll down the aisle, and make sure the container you've selected for your bands doesn't have any holes or gaps where the ring could slip out. If you're truly concerned about your pup carrying your rings, try rehearsing the walk down the aisle with your pet. By test-driving your ring pillow or pouch and practicing the stroll with your dog, you can ready your dog for the big day and ensure that your system is foolproof.