As if Weddings weren’t special enough, now there is a new trend emerging in 2020 for weddings to include our furry friends as essential parts of the festivities. Couples are assigning the role of ring-bearer, Best Man (Dog), or flower girls to their pets. Heck, it’s even becoming a trend among celebrities to have dogs at their weddings. For example, Adam Sandler, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, Robbie Williams, and Christian Evans all had their mutts around while they tied the knot. However, as all of us pet parents know, animals have a tendency to be completely unmanageable, particularly when several people are around. There are a few extra things you will need to consider in order to make the event go off without a hitch.
Things to Remember
First, ensure the place where the wedding is being held is okay with pets. They may either not allow it outright, or they’ll charge a hefty penny. Consider that your dog or cat may not even like the unfamiliar place! Be sure to bring your pet ahead of time to sniff out the area so that it’s more comfortable for them on the special day.
If your dog has some aggressive tendencies, refrain from bringing him or her altogether – you don’t want your dog to nip anyone or bark, as that will ruin your special day. Is your dog comfortable around noise or possibly hundreds of people? Are they well behaved around unpredictable environments?
Perhaps one of your guests is allergic to dogs – you need to make clear in the invitation that a dog (or cat) will be there. You really don’t want anyone to suffer an allergic reaction.
Let Someone Else Be Responsible
Finally, consider hiring someone to look over your pet during the event so you don’t feel compelled to constantly keep your eyes on him or her. The pet sitter can be responsible for feeding and taking your pet out for bathroom breaks.
After all these things are accounted for, feel free to have a special wedding which includes your pets. They’re part of the family too and are a commitment, just as marriage is. It’ll be an even more beautiful to have between you and your new spouse – be sure to take several pictures to remember the unique occasion!
We were recently featured in The Atlantic‘s editorial “What Wedding Expos Reveal About American Romance” by Natalie Escobar and we couldn’t help but to share!
‘I was expecting to experience a lot of things at the Great Bridal Expo in Washington, D.C.: the sound of hundreds of people milling about the Grand Hyatt Hotel’s 8,500-square-foot ballroom, the smell of a thousand wedding-cake samples, the feel of polyester-blend bridesmaids’ gowns, the sight of dozens of vendors’ booths lined up on patterned carpet. I was not, however, expecting an open bar, or a booth raffling off a free boudoir photo shoot, or a free bottle of barbecue sauce from a catering restaurant.
The vendors I spoke with (when they weren’t inundated by bridal parties) told me that companies give away lots of free things at these kinds of events—some, like cake samples, that make sense, and others, like barbecue sauce, whose relevance for wedding planning is less clear. For their $10 entrance fee, couples get bags filled with wedding magazines and coupons at the front door, but also access to free samples, dance lessons, and even stays in hotel rooms from vendors. Geren Gatling, a marketer who was representing a vacation-rental company at the expo, said he goes to bridal expos all over the D.C. area. “They didn’t have these when I was getting married,” he said. “But I would definitely come to one of these to gather information.”’
Are you planning a wedding for 2019? Gather ‘round! We’ve got the lowdown on the latest and greatest trends you can expect to see all year long. The best part? There’s a little something for everyone, whether you’re a classic couple or a modern millennial.
In years past, the color black was primarily reserved for formal or alternative weddings. But the tide is beginning to shift. Be prepared to see couples incorporating black accents in contrasting colorways for 2019. Think blush centerpieces next to black candlesticks or black roses mixed in a rich, jewel-toned winter bouquet.
One of our favorite trends that will continue this year is lucite. You’ll see this retroelement in the form of flatware, chairs, name cards, table numbers, and chargers. It’s the perfect complement to contemporary décor—and it photographs well!
Velvet is everywhere these days, from ready-to-wear runways to home décor retailers. Now the plush fabric is making its way into the wedding market. Luckily, specialty linen companies are carrying different tones of velvet, so you can capitalize on this beautiful trend throughout every season.
Celadon is gearing up for its big moment this spring. The minty shade of green is already showing a strong lead among 2019 brides, and we’re just getting started. Consider matching this soft hue with blush, lavender, or even beige to capitalize on its earthy quality.
MIX IT UP
Forget 2018! We’ve been there and done that. Couples are throwing out the old playbook. 2019 is all about variety and depth. Expect modern pieces against traditional elements; multiple high-low floral arrangements and candles that add dimension; unusual color combinations; and plenty of texture play, like pairing lucite and velvet together. In sum: New year, new rules!