Our lovely Celebrant Lemise was recently asked, by one of her couples, how to best include their treasured family pet Pepper in their Big Day. We loved her response so much we wanted to share it with you all.
A vibrant, friendly Celebrant with a wealth of ideas and experience who will bring special meaning to your occasion. Lemise will guide you as you plan and prepare for your important occasion. She will help you make your ceremony memorable and personal, and conduct it with professionalism and flair. A Celebrant who tailors the event to meet your needs.
Lemise is a registered Celebrant, and a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants and Toastmasters International.
All the images have been supplied by some of our fabulous vendors and really put a fury face to different ways couples have included their Fur Babies in the celebrations.
Pepper is a family member, and an integral part of your relationship, so a great idea, and totally possible! Just requires a bit of planning and thinking about what you really want. Is Pepper going to be dressed up? Is Pepper going to be a ring bearer? Or did you just want her included in a symbolic way?
If actually attending the wedding – things to think about:
Firstly make sure the venue is OK with dogs, and if not, your celebrant may advocate for you.
Have a designated dog minder, to keep Pepper out of mischief, feed her chews and keep her busy.
Avoid real rings for her to hold, unless she is very reliable.
Unless on a lead, keep the action in an enclosed area.
Have a place to take her if she gets restless, or if nature calls.
Include Pepper in the wedding program and the photos as well.
If it is too difficult to have your pet actually present, then you might like to mention them in the ceremony, and/or acknowledge them in the wedding program. You may even like to include a photo on a family photo table.
Lastly, for all animal lovers, instead of wedding favours, make a donation to a local animal charity, Make it relevant, for example, cat lovers may choose Little Paws....
You can include a little blurb about the charity with a photo of your pet on the program, in the ceremony or for each place at the ceremony or reception. The possibilities are endless for honouring animals at your wedding. WOOF! WOOF!
Kristy, Mike and Ruby.
From Kelly Laurence of Bella Bloom Floral Designs
Images are from Matt @ Deus Photography
Hannah, Dan and Vivienne.
Images supplied by Ethereal Photography