Your canine best friend constitutes a substantial part of your daily life, so featuring your dog in your wedding is a no-brainer. But few animals are fit to last through a five-hour reception unless they receive constant attention. What should a couple do with their dog once his wedding-day cameo is over? Our etiquette experts weigh in.
Including your canine companion in your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to add an adorable, personal touch to your ceremony. Your pet has likely been there for a number of your other milestones, so why not include him in your big day? However, a wedding ceremony and reception is an awfully long time for your canine to sit and stay. First, think about your reception location. If your celebration will take place outdoors, your dog will be in seventh heaven joining in the festivities — as long as you have a space allocated for him separate from the action. One of your bridesmaids or groomsman may be delighted to keep an eye on him, or at least provide routine checkups on your pooch throughout the soiree.
However, an indoor wedding at an upscale restaurant or hotel isn't ideal for man's best friend. Out of love for your pet, hire a dog-walker or caretaker to take your pup home or out to the park for the duration of your reception while you dance the night away. Prior to your wedding, make sure you get to know your chosen sitter and ensure your dog is comfortable with him or her. Schedule several test runs to see if any issues arise. If not, you can rest easy knowing that your beloved pet will be well cared-for during your big day.