look who’s back! the wedding babe checks back in today for another go-round with a reader question. This week’s topic is incorporating man’s best friend into the wedding day fun.
Q – I want to incorporate my dog into our wedding, but my fiancée isn’t having it. How can I talk her into it?
Believe it or not, there are some tasteful ways to incorporate your dog into your wedding. For example, if you have an older or more mature dog, consider having him (or her) serve as your ring bearer. Either fasten a pillow to his back with the ring securely attached or tie a ring box around his collar. Just make sure that the ring is super secure, so that Spike doesn’t accidentally lose it. If he’s older and well-mannered enough to walk down the aisle himself, go for it. Otherwise, have a groomsman, bridesmaid or older flower girl walk him down the aisle on a leash. (This is usually the best option for preventing any mishaps.)
Another safe option? Have someone in the wedding party walk your dog down the aisle on a leash (and leave the ring with the best man for safe keeping) so he can be part of the processional. Just make sure to appoint someone, such as your wedding planner or a family member, to take the dog home after the ceremony.
If that’s too much to ask of your dog or your fiancée still isn’t sold on the idea, consider having a groom’s cake made to look just like your furry friend instead. It’ll serve as a great tribute to man’s best friend and will also add a cute, personal touch to your wedding. This cake can be served either at the rehearsal dinner or during the wedding reception as a secondary dessert option.
Another idea is to take a few engagement photos with you, your fiancée and your dog beforehand and display them at the reception either on the place card table, or even use several different shots as table numbers for guests to see.
Whatever you decide, remember to keep it classy and your fiancée should go for it. If not, remind her that marriage is all about compromise and this is a great time to try it out.
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What are your thoughts on dogs taking part in the wedding festivities? Would you or your fiancée consider it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.