First I have to say that I love dogs and can't imagine living without them. My husband and I have pampered them for years! Everything from a Yorkie-Poo to an Old English Sheepdog and many mutts in between including one that was considered "Most Deserving of a Double-Take" on a local TV show. We loved that dog, and he goes down as my favorite of all time!
So why would I bring up dogs on a wedding blog? They can be a great part of the ceremony if it is allowed and planned for. What makes me want to howl is something I've seen a lot of this past summer. Guests are bringing their dogs to weddings! Even if it is at an outdoor venue, I think it is inconsiderate to not see if animals are allowed on the venue property. If there is one day that you should be considerate of everyone else, it is a wedding day!
Here are some things to consider.
First of all, is the weather going to be cool enough to leave a dog in the car? Not just what you consider cool enough, but what a veterinarian would recommend. Cars are not dog houses!
Are other people who attend the wedding allergic to dogs?
What are you going to do when it comes to going through the buffet line or sitting at a table when it's time for everyone to get their food?
What if there are little kids at the wedding who are afraid of dogs?
How pleasant do you think it will be for guests to see you walking around with that other variety of a doggie bag?
Appetite lost yet? I kind of hope so! It is the reality when you bring a dog to a wedding as a guest. A bride and groom should not have to include in their invitation, "No dogs, Please!"
One piece of interesting information for brides and grooms! There are dog sitters who will actually come to your wedding and arrange to pick up your dog right after the ceremony if you want your dog to be a part of your ceremony. Of course, you will have some get acquainted sessions beforehand. There are places that will make your dog feel like he/she has been on an splendid vacation after the wedding just as I hope you will have a terrific honeymoon!
Wishing you the greatest of days!
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