For many couples, having their pet around in this special day is a must. Think, if you’re inviting your second cousin who you’ve seen twice in your life, then there’s no reason your best friend shouldn’t be part of your big day, and in a big way too.

If you and your future husband or wife already have a dog, you probably consider your pet a part of the family, and there are lots of ways to involve dogs in your celebration, whether in a formal role – as ring bearer or flower dogs – or simply as the most honored guest.

Now, first things first. There are many different factors to consider before you decide if your dog should be present at the festivities. You want to make sure your fur baby is taken care of throughout the entire celebration, so be careful to choose a sitter, maybe a close friend, that be aware of him or her at all times. Then you won’t have to worry about your pup’s well-being.

Also, is very important to consider your pet’s personality. Maybe you’ve got a sweet old dog, who’s happy to be around humans. GREAT! she or he should do just fine. But if you’ve got a puppy, who has an abundance of energy and will chew on anything in sight, maybe is not such a good idea. So, think realistically, about what bringing your dog to a wedding (surrounded by lots of people) looks like. Then decide.

If you want your dog to be at this special occasion, strategic planning is essential, but it will be worth it having your best friend with you, on one of the biggest days of your life. Also you can be sure he or she will look incredibly cute on the pictures!