How to Include Your Dog in the Wedding Ceremony

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Rover has been with you through thick and thin, so it's only natural that you include him in the festivities.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog Costumes
  • Designer Dog Collars
  • Dog Leashes
  • Satin Ring Pillows
  • Choose an appropriate role for the dog depending on behavior and temperament. An energetic dog might need to be on a leash held by an usher or ring bearer, while a relaxed, older dog can be free to lounge during the ceremony.

  • Wash your pup right before the ceremony to keep people with allergies from having a reaction to dander.

  • Dress the dog up with a fancy collar, ribbon or dog "tux."

  • Have someone walk the dog just before the ceremony to allow him to relieve himself.

  • Have the dog bring up the rings on a satin pillow tied to his collar or - if he is really well trained - in his mouth.

  • Appoint an eager nephew or niece to be the dog-watcher throughout the event, making sure Rover doesn't eat anyone's food or leave any surprises on the lawn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that your adorable pet has the potential to frighten some of your guests - especially children. Be considerate of people who are fearful of dogs.
  • Avoid trying to give dog food or water to keep him happy during the ceremony.
  • Unless you are absolutely certain that your dog can be counted on to behave during the wedding, it's better to get married without Rover.

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