Featured: What about your Furry Family Members at your wedding?
So this week’s Featured Post comes on a very special day! today is grahams Birthday!!! YAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Graham!! Now graham isn’t a huge fan of birthdays, I however LOVE birthdays! I really LOVE them, almost as much as I love Christmas, so because Graham is a good guy he indulges MY love of birthdays even on his. All very interesting I’m sure your thinking, but what has this got to do with weddings though right? WELL for Graham’s birthday this year we got a PUPPY!!! Yup we are now a 3 soul house hold. Graham and I, and now Glyn the puppy.
But now we have him, this got me thinking what will we with our new Furry Family Members at your wedding? and what do other people do?
Include him/ her in your wedding day! (I’m sure Graham will be pushing for this and we have only had him 3 days)
Have him there in the morning when we get ready
If we choose to get ready from home that is but what happens then if we are away over night? Who will be there in the evening to let him out or feed him? You are left relying on people who are not important enough to have been invited to the wedding (not ideal)
Book a cottage where you can take him. This might be a better option at least then he can be with you in the morning and more than likely someone close to you will be going back to stay there to let him out and feed him.
Like really include him we have had one dog arrive in a taxi after the ceremony to get photos taken with the couple but that was just the once 😉
This is a lot trickier in the UK, for the most part you have to have you legal wedding at a registered venue, which for the most part will not allow pets, but if you are thinking of having say a humanist ceremony in your back garden then work away
Leave him out of the wedding
Have someone who isn’t attending the wedding look after your pet?
This could be a bit tricky if they are a friend of relative as chances are the sorts of people you are fond enough of to leave your pet with will probably be attending your wedding.
There are a wide range of Kennelling facilities around from people who do it on a small scale and will have your pet inside their own house to large outdoor barn Kennels to Doggy hotels where you pet will spend his time in the lap of luxury. All of which are at different price ranges too!
Here are my 3 tips for finding the puuurr fect establishment for your pet during your wedding.
1- Find out what you can afford.
It’s a given that you will want to leave you pet somewhere it will be well locked after and with reputable people. But you need to think about how much per night you can afford. If a kennel is upwards of £100 a night (and some doggy hotels can be, you’re talking £2100 if you need your pet to be looked after for 3 weeks.. also ask about feeding many places will expect you to provide your pets food for the whole time they are staying.
2- Go and Visit the place before hand and take your pet with you if its feasible (more so with a dog than a cat)
You will feel a whole lot happier if you know where your pet is going to be staying which will leave you free to enjoy your time away. Also it saves the hassle of trying to find something last minute if you turn up and hate the place when you go to drop off your pet. Also this will give you a good chance to chat to the people running the place and iron out any concerns you have about routine or feeding. Also you can check anything they need. All reputable places will not take a pet whose vaccinations & licence are not up to date and most will not take an un-micro chipped pet. All of which they will need you to prove when you drop him off.
3- Book early!
Once you have decided on a place you need to confirm your pets place there as soon as you possibly can. This is especially true if you are planning to go away for a long honeymoon or you are going in peak holiday season. It’s like hotels for you; the best ones fill up quickly, that way you will be more likely to get your pet into the place you want.
Graham Crichton is an award winning professional wedding & portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 10 years of experience and having photographed hundreds of weddings he has photographed weddings all over Ireland, the UK and abroad.
Hannah Crichton is the principal photographic assistant, blogger and studio manager (and other half of Graham Crichton Photography). Hannah and Graham recently married themselves in Ynysybwl, Wales, where Hannah is originally from. Hannah loves “everything wedding"!
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