Couples involving their pets at their weddings are on the rise. However, as I'm sure any animal lover knows, pets can be very unpredictable which is something I'm sure you don't want on one of the most important days of your life. So, if you are thinking about having your favourite four-legged friend at your nuptials here are some things you should probably bear in mind.

Confirm With Your Venue

This is very simple but probably one of the most important but also very easy to forget, if you desire your pet at your wedding this is one of the first things you should get confirmed. Imagine rocking up to your wedding day with your furry pal in hand and then being told that animals aren't actually allowed on the property.

If your venue is more than happy to accommodate your pet, ensure there is always a bowl of water and treats available on hand and also an easy exit if they start causing havoc. If you can it might be a good idea to introduce your pet to the venue beforehand just so they’re used to it and it’s not so much of a strange place.

Pet Photography

It’s important to notify your wedding photographer that you are planning to include your pet in the wedding photos, as this allow your photographer to prepare any fun photography ideas which will involve your four-legged friend. Giving them advance notice of the extra guest will also allow for them to prep for any further details such as unpredictable pet behaviour.

Pets Personality

Always take into consideration what personality your pet has before giving them their specific role at the wedding. Are they super excitable, aggressive or obedient? You may be considering making your pet the ring bearer, but have a think about what your pet will enjoy or will they just be traumatised by the whole experience. You may just assume that your pet will feel comfortable in a crowded but will they feel slightly overwhelmed around 100’s of guests.

Even if you have a very well behaved pet and they are used to larger crowds of people, there really is zero guarantee that they will behave how you want to them too. Constantly being stroked, photographed or chased around by kids may become slightly stressful for your pet so just make sure they can handle it before you involve them.

Let Your Guests Know

It is always pre warning your guests early that you are planning to include your pet at your wedding. Provide this information on the save-the-date cards and once again on the actual invitation, as this is the time to warn people is they have any allergies.

Safety Over Style

We get it, there is nothing cuter than a puppy or cat in a bow tie, but make sure it fits properly and is comfortable so your pet can still enjoy its day. It’s probably best to try and keep the accessories simple in order to avoid any pitfalls. A single flower or little bow tie to attach to their collar is a fun way to dress up your pet, and still looks super cute! Always check though that none of them become choking hazards and that your pet actually likes wearing it.

Book a Pet Sitter

Whilst it’s nice to have your hound around on your big day, it’s also important that you allow yourself the time to enjoy your day without worrying about what your pet is up to all the time. So, why not hire a pet sitter to be responsible for bringing your pet to the ceremony, look after it while it's there and also take them home before it gets a bit too rowdy and everyone gets a bit too happy on the bubbly.