#themodernbride: Including Your Pooch On the Day Is No Longer A No-No
Your first kid and best friend all rolled into one, your furry adorable package of a pooch should not be left out from your big day, am I right? It doesn’t seem fair nor does the day feel complete without that goofball being a paw-t of it (couldn’t help the pun!). Wagging tail, and looking their wedding best- your canine companion is sure to get everyone mushy at the event.
However, there are many variables at play as to why your four-legged partner in crime should or should not be involved or as to what event would be most appropriate for them to attend in comparison to others.
Obviously, loud celebrations (like how most Indian weddings are) and too many people don’t bring out the best in dogs. Unfamiliar crowds, the music and the general chaos that associated with a wedding can be pretty overwhelming to dogs. Their need for attention and constant reassurance could take a toll on everyone, especially the bride and groom and take their minds off of the matter at hand.
But then, all the inconveniences aside, there are tons of ways to include your pet in the celebration and your memories. It’s not an all or nothing sort of thing- even little gestures can let everyone who is involved know that the doggo is part of the family and the celebration joining two families.
Firstly, and more importantly, it’s best to designate one person from the family or a friend of yours who your furry buddy is familiar (and comfortable) with to dog-sit on a particular day- this will help keep them on their best behavior and avoid any regretful incidents. You could also consider having them carry her/him around or just letting them ride around in a wagon. In case your bud is perhaps a little too easily distracted or overtly affectionate, be sure to use a short leash. Your sitter is to be responsible for transporting them to and fro from the ceremony, or keeping a watchful eye over them during- in which way, you won’t need to worry about them creating a ruckus or if someone’s feeding them or not (or keeping her/him away from the chocolate).
Entry with your First Love
You could make them a part of your bridal entry or the baraat- this way, your pooch will get to be a memorable part of your D-day. There couldn’t be a better feeling than when people go gaga over your gorgeous avatar and your best bud’s lovable good looks at your bridal entry. Grooms too can follow suit and share space during the crazy baraat fun- provided the doggo is a good distance away from the noisy band and fireworks.
It’s a no brainer that pets make for unbelievably cute photo props- especially at a celebration. Do not underestimate the pull of a super cute ball of fur for your wedding guests. So inform your photographer beforehand to look out for all the loaded, endearing moments coming his way throughout the event cause there are bound to be some precious moments (for everyone) making for delightful candid shots.
Dress ‘em up!
Sure we’ve all played dress up with our precious pooches, but this time, it’s not just for entertainment but for a purpose, for a life-changing event. Keep in mind your wedding wardrobe and get them something along the same lines- you can make use of spare fabrics from your own attire and get a coordinated ensemble made for your pet. Also to keep in mind is the setting of your wedding- if its indoors or is a destination wedding- get a properly suited outfit for the kind. Most importantly, make sure she/he is comfy in the outfit; it should be the right fit. Keeping it simple with just a bowtie or a flowery, dressy collar could be another alternative- keep in mind this is not any kind of a hazard to your pet.
Last but not the least, ease the process for your little muffin. Bring her/him to the venue before the big day and let them familiarise the place by exploring, sniffing, or even by peeing on everything at leisure; this will render them a lot more comfortable on the day, if familiar with the terrain.