Our pets play an important role in our lives and for many couples, this includes weddings. Your dog can be a guest of honour and simply stand with the bride and groom during the ceremony or have a specific role, such as doggy ring bearer or flower pooch.
However your dog is involved in the wedding, he's got to look good!
International Certified Master Groomer Karen Swan from Canberra Pet Stylists regularly grooms dogs for weddings. It's not just brides getting pampered for their special day - so do their dogs, she says.
"Pamper packages for dogs can include a mud pack followed by aromatherapy bath soak in Rose bath salts. Then they are wrapped in a warm towel before drying and grooming, and get a pedicure foot soak and nails in matching colour to the bride," says Ms Swan.
There are a number of creative ways to groom your dog to look its best. You can add a touch of colour or a bit of bling to match the brides maids' dresses.
"Maybe a new bling collar and a lead especially made in the brides maids colours," she says. "Head dresses can be made in the wedding colours and a veil on the head dress. You can also get bowties or tuxes to fit your dog."
But don't jeapordise safety for style, she warns.
"Make sure any accessories fit properly and don't create any discomfort for your dog,. Check if anything is loose as your dog can choke on it," she says.
Flowers are beautiful but be careful when using them to accessorise your pet. If you're using any flowers to dress up your dog, make sure it's not poisonous, says Ms Swan.
Is Your Dog Ready For The Wedding?
But before you involve your dog in the wedding, consider whether or not it will be an enjoyable experience for your dog. Ms Swan offers some things to think about:
- Is the wedding site dog-friendly?
- Will the dog be going to the reception? If so, is it dog-friendly? If not, make sure someone can take the dog back home after the ceremony.
- Be aware that some dogs can get over whelmed by a lot of people.
- Pack a doggy bag with water, food, brush and comb for tidy up. Also grooming spray and cologne, lead, collar, bowl, poop bags, towel and baby wipes.
- Designate a person for the day to look after your dog.
- Be careful of the food at the reception as it could be too rich for your dog and you don’t want heaps of people handing out treats!
- Practice with your dog if it is going to be a ring bearer. Don’t leave it to the day and hope it will all be OK.
- Take your pooch with you when you are looking at the wedding site so he is familiar with the place before the wedding day.
- Make sure the celebrant/pastor is OK with having a dog present.
- Inform your guests (in the invitations) that your dog will be a part of the wedding.
- How will your dog get to the wedding site? If your dog is travelling with you in a hire car, make sure the company will allow it.