6 Tips for Including Your Dog in Your Wedding
The wedding reception at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia was in full swing when the bandleader announced the arrival of a surprise groomsman who wasn’t allowed to attend the earlier ceremony at a nearby church.
As the band played “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Joey, a yellow Labrador Retriever entered the reception hall with a dog walker. Joey was dressed in his own doggy tuxedo. Tail wagging furiously, the dog briefly mingled with guests before retiring to another room set aside just for him.
The groom, Russ Nelson of West Conshohocken, Pa., says the wedding planning included finding a pet-friendly venue for the reception so Joey could share the happy day with him and his bride, Natalie, in 2010. “That was our number one priority,” he says.
In a special day filled with family and friends, it doesn’t seem right to exclude a beloved pet. “People think of their pets as part of the family,” notes Holly Kline, a wedding officiant in Marlton, N.J., who’s often presides over pet-friendly ceremonies.
Having dogs at a wedding for photos or as part of the ceremony has become increasingly popular for pet parents. But bringing your four-legged friend along to your big day can come with its own set of challenges. Here are six of the most important issues to keep in mind when involving your pets in your wedding.