Q AND A. Including your most important & furry loved ones in your big day!

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. 

 Marian Lemise Celebrant 

Marian Lemise Celebrant 

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.

I really want Pepper to be included in our wedding ceremony, please will you help me achieve that?

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.

Abbie couldn’t take her “other man” (her dalmatian named Ollie) to Hayman Island so included a photo of him at the reception table.
— Ann-Louise Buck - Possum Creek Studios

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

Kristy, Mike and Ruby (the dog) were absolutely adorable. When I delivered the bouquets to the Bride Ruby greeted me with her frisbee as if to say I want to play....

Ruby obediently walked down the aisle twice with each of the rings and was the star of the show. I’d made a little flower piece for her collar, which she wore with doggy pride.

Images are from Matt @ Deus Photography 

Hannah, Dan and Vivienne.

Dan & Hannah were married at Gurragawee in the Byron Bay Hinterland on Saturday the 2nd May and chose to include their beautiful little puppy Vivienne in their Big Day.

Images supplied by Ethereal Photography

Katie, Tom and Cupid

Images from Possum Creek Studios 

Bride Katie absolutely had to have her dog Cupid (“Cupie” for short) at her wedding. She chose Horizons at Byron Bay as her wedding venue due to their dog friendly policy. Cupid starred as the ring bearer during the ceremony, and ran down the aisle to Katie right on cue! Cupid was there at every opportunity, including the creative shoot at Horizon’s and he stayed up late for the speeches too! (Oh and in case you’re wondering, she married Tom, not Cupid, haha!!).
— Ann-Louise Buck - Possum Creek Studios

Some more lovely links from around the web!

Sarah Falugo / Via sarahfalugo.com

This cute little film sure shows you just how the presence of your beloved Furry Friend can really set the mood for a beautiful celebration. 

Are you thinking of including your Beloved Pet in your Wedding Day?  Let us know by leaving a comment below we would love to hear your story. 

Jen and the TBM Team xx