Beloved pets

Beloved pets

Q. My hubby-to-be and I want to incorporate our beloved dog into our wedding. What should we take into consideration?

A. Emma and Adrian Cartlich says: Begin by checking that your wedding venue is dog friendly. Once you've done this, try and find a dog-loving photographer and videographer. Whoever you choose, make sure to let them know what your plans are for having your pet at your wedding.

Consider your dog's temperament and what their role might be. There are so many ways you can include your pooch – they could be your ring bearer, VIP guest or flower dog. They could even walk down the aisle with a member of your wedding party, but please ensure that your dog has the right temperament to cope with all the attention.

Invest in a chaperone. A chaperone will plan, coordinate, and take on all the stresses on your wedding day. Our chaperone service is very much in demand, with couples booking for 2023, 2024 and beyond, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. We cover the West Midlands region, including Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire plus Wales and London. Nationwide cover is also available upon request.

Choose an epic outfit. If you're considering a flower collar or tuxedo harness, make sure that it's safe, made-to-fit and is comfortable for your pet. Certain flowers or foliage can be poisonous to dogs, so it's vital to check or consider artificial flowers. Finally, let your guests know. A simple note on your invitations or just telling your loved ones that you plan to have your dog with you at your wedding, means that they come prepared, especially if they are nervous around dogs or allergic to them. However, if your pooch is a surprise guest or ring bearer, it may be advisable to tell the nervous and anxious guests beforehand.

Emma and Adrian Cartlich, Precious Pets Weddings


Pets at weddings

Pets at weddings

Q. My wife-to-be and I want to incorporate our beloved dog into our Christmas-themed wedding. Do you have any ideas on how we can do this?

A. Jacqueline Smith says: Firstly, you're not alone in your wish to include your cherished dog at your wedding. It's fast becoming a popular trend and consequently, more venues are now pet friendly.

As a wedding day dog specialist, I have helped many couples include their beloved pet at their wedding. My daughter actually started my business idea off when she asked me to handle her pooch, Spencer, on her big day. Depending on where you're getting married, you can arrange for your dog to be your ring bearer. Some churches will allow this but not all. This is where I suggest you hire the services of a chaperone. It will take all the stress out of the day if you have someone dedicated to looking after your furry friend.

Alternatively, you could have them there for wedding photographs. With the help of a chaperone, none of your guests will spend the day worrying about looking after them.

Many couples love to see their pooch arrive all groomed and wearing a flower collar or a silk bow tie with a matching harness and lead.

I would say three hours is probably the maximum amount of time for your dog to be with your wedding party. Once dinner is served, your chaperone can depart with your pup to your chosen carer so you can enjoy the rest of your night knowing they're taken care of.

Jacqueline Smith, Quintessential Wedding Day Dogs