It’s A Dog’s Life.

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So what did you lovely lot get up to this bank holiday? Anything fun? Perhaps you attended a wedding or picked up THE dress? Maybe you took some time out from wedmin to spend some quality time with your beau.

I’d love to hear all about it.

I spent the weekend playing swingball (remember that game?!) and pondering, in great detail with friends and family, a subject that I’d like to discuss with you folks this afternoon. It’s something that we’ve seen a great deal of lately at RMW Towers and you can guarantee that Becky, Charlotte and I will pretty much fall over ourselves to blog a wedding with them in.

Any ideas as to what I’m referring to yet? Of course you do because you’ve already scanned through the images below haven’t you.

Yes RMW-ettes, I’m talking about our four legged furry friends, those with floppy ears and twitchy noses, puppy dog eyes and paint daubed fetlocks.

Horses, Dogs and Pets At Weddings Discussion Post

During my own planning journey I was very taken with the idea of the boy and I galloping away over the fields on a couple of equine friends, much to the boy’s mirth and despite the fact that the last time I’d been horse riding was when I was about 12 years old and one bolted with me on the back of it. I dreamed of ethereal photos with us leaning against a couple of floral bedecked ponies with tendrils of mist rising up around us.

Needless to say it didn’t happen.

But the subject of animals at weddings has reared its fluffy head again recently with the impending marriage of a certain bunny obsessed best friend of mine. Because you see she’s desperate to include her house rabbit Flapjacks in her big day despite our raised eyebrows and our pleas that she rethink her plans for him as ringbearer.

And so it got me thinking…

Horses, Dogs and Pets At Weddings Discussion Post 2

Should our pets be a part of our big day? From a personal perspective I’d have absolutely no problem with a furry friend being present*, after all many of us consider our pets to be an integral part of the family and we wouldn’t dream of leaving great aunt Edna out of the proceedings, would we?

I suppose the question is where exactly do we draw the line?

Is inviting your pet one step too far? Would their attendance on your big day be more hassle than it’s worth? Who for example would be responsible for feeding your dog/cat/budgerigar or picking up their mess? Because in all seriousness you’re not going to want to do this on one of the biggest days of your life are you … and heaven forbid Fido being so thrilled to see you that you’re left with two smeary paw marks down the front of your dress….

Could it even be considered cruel? Some animals can be intimidated by unfamiliar faces, and distressed by loud music, throngs of people and those celebratory fireworks at the end of the night. And while we’re at it, let’s think of those guests that might be fearful of your fluffy friend? Not everyone will share your enthusiasm for involving dear old Rover in your big day and I’d hate to think of poor old Uncle Fred being frightened out of his wits every time he spots him lolling around.

Lastly does the inclusion of your pet in your wedding day open the floodgates for guests to bring their pets along too? At what point does it descend into a menagerie of gruff barks and howling, pitiful meows and the odd squeak here and there…

Horses, Dogs and Pets At Weddings Discussion Post 3

Despite these concerns there’s no getting away from the fact that there’s something downright adorable about including your pet in your wedding photos. Given the fact that there’s a plethora of gorgeous images of besotted couples accompanied by their canine and feline friends it seems that you lot have had little problem convincing photographers and venues of this too.

I particularly love the outfits that some of these pets have been persuaded to wear. From bow ties to collars decorated with flowers and ribbons and even placards, I can’t help but squeal at how cute these animals look. If ever there was a moment to exploit the pet wedding outfit market, then nowfolks is the time to do it.

So will you be integrating your furry loved ones in your big day? Will they have a special role…say chief cake taster or rabbit ring bearer…or even ‘Pet Of Honour’?

Have you attended a wedding where there’s been the odd dog or too? How did you find it?

Perhaps you’ll be including animal orientated activities at your rustic do…how does duck herding strike you?

Tell me all about it.

All my love Lolly xxx

*so long as I’m not entrusted with their care….trust me it’s for the best…responsibility tends to go out the window once a few gins have been consumed by yours truly.

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.
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