I'm a new Mommy to another ball of cuteness covered in fur. If you know me in "real life" it's very hard for me not to talk about the other love of my life, my little kitty boy Sonny. I've refrained from bringing him up in this blog because it technically doesn't apply. However, my friends constantly make fun of me for even entertaining the thought of putting my cat in the wedding. I even went as far as to ask my Dad if he wouldn't mind holding Sonny when he walks me down the aisle.
Yes, I'm aware I need professional help.
This weekend my fiance and I picked up another kitty, a play mate for Sonny. While the two boys work out their furry relationship issues I began thinking about the trend of pets playing a roll in their human's wedding.
If you think about it, many folks getting married want to be surrounded by the people they are closest to and love the most. More often than not, that category includes a family pet. Martha Stewart Weddings says that there are lots of ways to involve your four-legged friends in your celebration, whether in a formal role--as ring bearers, flower dogs/cats or simply as honored guests.
Martha Stewart Weddings also mentions that there are a few things to consider if you're thinking of including a pet in your wedding: Is it appropriate for the ceremony you're having? If you're getting hitched at a swanky, fancy hotel having a dog or cat in the wedding party may not go over too well (read: Charlize Theron in Young Adult). But, if you're having a backyard affair or even a ceremony on a private estate it could definitely work in your favor.
Another element to consider is your pet's temperament. Is he/she friendly or aggressive? Do they make a lot of noise? Does he/she steal food? If the pet's disposition is less than desirable in front of strangers, it won't make much of a difference if you try to train them in the few weeks leading up to the wedding. It would probably be best to stick to having the pet be a part of some photos to include in the wedding album. The article also suggests being flexible when it comes to including your pet in the wedding. Once you've decided on the pet's role, don't force it. Have a backup plan just in case the pet gets cold paws.
When you're planning a wedding with a pet in mind it is important to do the following:
Inform your attendants--Discuss special measures you'd like them to take and it also gives the guests the option to refuse to preside over a wedding that includes pets.
Never leave your pet alone-- Consider hiring a handler or ask a family friend who is well-acquainted with the pet and have them be responsible for it during the festivities.
Anticipate Potential Hazards--Ask the wedding site about pesticides or toxic plants on the grounds as well as about creatures that might distract or threaten your pet.
Practice Makes Perfect--Bring your pet to the site the day before and have them practice its part during the wedding.
One last bit of advice for including your pet in the wedding is to take the animal to the groomer before, so it'll look its best. And keep the clothing items to a minimal and easy for the pet to wear.
Even though I would love to include my two favorite balls of fur, I realize that it would be way too much of an undertaking for my friends and family to deal with on the day of my wedding. I've spoken to my photographer about including the cats in the wedding photos. It's a nice compromise and they can still be immortalized into mine and Jeremiah's special day.