We Said "YES" to the Pet!

Planning your wedding? Forget the dress, it’s all about the pet!

Well… the dress is still important (because who doesn’t love all that gorgeous lace?), but so is the matching tux and bow tie for little Rufus – or at least we think so!

Red Groodle Puppy in a Flower Crown
Photography by Hound in Hand @houndinhand

Wedding trends come and go. One year it’s all about boho vibes and grass bouquets, the next it’s donut walls and wedding cakes made of cheese. But one wedding trend that's quickly picking up momentum and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, is the inclusion of our four-legged furry friends.

More and more couples are choosing to have their dogs, cats, horses or other furry family members, help walk them down the aisle.

From doggie ring bearers, best-doggos and flower kitty’s, there are a few different ways loved-up brides and grooms are involving their pets in their special day. Even if that is just dressing their pets up in their Sunday best so they can attend as a guest.

Oh, and let’s not forget about those cute photo ops! No one can resist an adorable animal in a flower crown that matches mum’s bouquet.

Bride and Groom Kissing Groodle Puppy in Flower Crown

It may seem silly to some, but I love that more couples are jumping on the pet bandwagon and want their beloved fur-fam to be a part of their special day. Had we not eloped, I absolutely would have had Skye (my 7-month-old pocket rocket of a Border Collie) right there in the front row!

Pets are so much more than ‘just the dog’ or fluffy things walking around our homes that we feed, take for walks every now and then and force to cuddle us. They are an extension of our family. Loved just as much (maybe sometimes more) as the rest of the relatives.

For any couple, their wedding is one of the most important days of their lives. It is a day to celebrate their love, surrounded by those they love most. Family, friends, children and yes, even their pets.

It’s important that The Big Day is shared with everyone they care about.

Many couples these days are choosing to have children later in life, or sadly, struggle to conceive. Others choose not to have kids at all. So, they take on ‘fur-parent’ status and their pets become their fur-babies instead. Having their canine companion take a starring a role in the ceremony is something special and sentimental.

Border Collie Puppy in Burgundy Flower Crown
Photography by Diana Wright @dn_wildlife

I know for us, Skye (my pretty puppy -->)

is special because she was our wedding gift to ourselves – an embodiment of a memory. If we had to do it all over again, she would absolutely be wearing a flower crown and delivering my rings! She is family, so it only seems right that she be there by my side on the biggest day of my life.

In saying that though, when I considered the logistics… it quickly became a stressful thought!

--> How would I get her there? (because heck no is she riding with me and The Dress!)

--> Who would take care of her during the ceremony?

--> Who would pick up after her and make sure she behaved?

--> Would someone have to leave to take her home?

The stress of all these overwhelming questions, quickly robs many couples of the chance to have their four-legged fur baby there. It’s hard to trust someone else to care for them as much as you do, and if you’re anything like me – you’d feel bad asking a friend or family member to take care of them while they could be enjoying the festivities.

This is why hubby and I started Veils & Tails – so more couples can say “Heck yes, to the pet!” and no to the stress!

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