Going into my local Pets at Home shop to – yes- get more toys for my new kitten, Suki- I was leafing through their magazine and saw an article on Pets at Weddings.

I can’t share the article as it’s not online but  I wanted to share some thoughts on the subject. Obviously if you’re a pet owner, your pet is family and you want  your family around you for your big day, so how is it possible?

I guess it depends on the pet to start with, however much I love Suki, I wouldn’t see her in a party, she’d not be happy and I would worry about her. So first: decide if this is possible at all.

It might be easier to include a dog, horse, sheep, pig etc than a snake, cat or rat (although there are photos to disprove me- click on the link) Then discuss with the different people involved in the day- you don’t want guests with allergies suddenly taken ill, and different venues will have different rules.

I’ve had a dog in church but probably not a horse, whereas if the venue has a field, many pets would be happy there. Of course it’s your day and you can’t spend it worrying about the lovely animal, so delegate, have a pet-sitter in charge of them, whether they’re with you for the whole day or part of it.

Clothing: do you have a dog who’ll want to jump at you and share his love? a white dress or suit might suffer. In the same way, don’t over do their outfit but pack what they’ll really need the same way you’d pack to go anywhere.

Talk to all involved: what about feeding, what about the photos? you might want some with and some without. Alternatively you might want photos with your pet at a pre-wedding or post-wedding shoot. 

Some venues advertise as being pet-friendly. Here are a few, I’m sure there are others: Polhawn fort in Cornwall; Millbrook estate in Devon; Bigginhall in Derbyshire; Dale lodge hotel in Lake District, Lochmel fort in Scotland.

me venues advertise as being pet-friendly. Here are a few, I’m sure there are others: Polhawn fort in Cornwall; Millbrook estate in Devon; Bigginhall in Derbyshire; Dale lodge hotel in Lake District, Lochmel fort in Scotland. Let me know if you know any others and I’ll add them. Click here to see some ideas of how other couples have included their furry loves in their big day.

Oh and this is Suki, she’s purring on my knees as I type 🙂

 

 

 

 

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