While watching Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed’s wedding special on A&E, we couldn’t help but notice their dog, Snippy Tweed-Simmons, trotting down the aisle with a rose covered leash and nearly stealing the show. The dog was a delight for the 400 guests to watch, but also for the bride and groom who couldn’t imagine getting married without their faithful friend at their feet.
If you’re considering having your pet in your wedding, here are a few things to consider:
“Fido walking down the aisle as a ring bearer is a memorable occasion for pet lovers – and taking certain precautions is the best way to relish the endless benefits of having Fido as a special guest,” Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow says. “Very few religious and indoor venues allow dogs on location, so consider an outdoor wedding where Fido will be welcome as a VIP. Additionally, consider Fido’s personality. If Fido is free-spirited, he may not walk down the aisle on his own. Also, be cautious of guests with pet allergies; warn them in advance of Fido’s role during the special day.”
Training Day Before the wedding, take Fido to the location to acclimate him to the area. Have him practice walking down the aisle and reward him with a treat.
Fresh Fido Give Fido a fresh bath or take him to the groomer for Fido the day before the wedding.
Tuxedo Fido To seamlessly transition Fido into the wedding party, buy him a dog collar and leash that match the bridesmaid dresses or a cute little bowtie to go with the groomsmen.
Energizer Fido To avoid having an overly hyper dog at the wedding, take Fido to Camp Bow Wow to run, play and get out lots of energy before the wedding. Take Fido for a long walk or run before the ceremony, or hire Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow to walk Fido and care for him before and after the wedding.
Stage Fright Fido If Fido is nervous around strangers, limit his role and have him leave after the ceremony. If Fido is friendly, let him stay for the reception.
Chaperone for Fido Don’t leave Fido unattended. Designate someone as the Fido’s sitter to make sure that he is taken out for bathroom breaks, or hire Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow to take on the responsibility.
Fido Buffet Make sure Fido doesn’t sample human food and have dog food handy at the reception to ensure that he is well fed. Don’t forget a bowl with fresh water!
Let Fido Eat Cake Since the wedding cake is strictly off-limits; consider investing in a special cake for Fido from a dog bakery.