(Pet-Friendly) Wedding Ceremonies
Not all groomsmen wear pants! I don't just welcome your
pets as part of your ceremony, I encourage it.
Invariably, including one or more pets adds an
additional element of fun to the ceremony. A pet
friendly, pet-inclusive wedding goes beyond dressing
your pet up and having him or her walk down the aisle
with you. By including the significant animals in your
life you are celebrating the close and loving
relationship you have with them. So whether your
children or your best friends have two legs, or four
legs, include them in the ceremony.
Exactly how a pet is included in the ceremony will
depend on that pet's species, personality, and the
other ceremony choices you have made. It can also be
influenced by where the ceremony is held. Many parks,
for example, allow dogs on a leash but not running free,
so that needs to be taken into account.
A pet-inclusive wedding can include a unity ritual
that includes the pet (I've developed a number of unique
rituals for this purpose) or it can incorporate a formal
re-naming for the pet if it is the pet of one of the
marrying couple and is being "adopted" by the new
But most of all, a pet-inclusive wedding is also a
pet-friendly wedding, which means looking at the bigger
picture to ensure your pet is comfortable, and safe.