Include Your Dogs in Wedding Ceremony - Dogs Ring Bearers

“I think it’s a good thing…
…It’s a sweet, primal expression of love.”

Wedding season is in full swing, and soon-to-be newlyweds are always coming up with new, quirky ways to make their ceremony stand out. It’s your day, so why not really make it yours?

Throughout the years, we’ve seen different trends appear that add a little something extra to your special day. From cupcake towers to choreographed dance numbers for the wedding party, there are so many ways to add a personalized twist to your wedding day!

Getting married is an exciting, emotional, and intimate experience for many. It’s a celebration that brings your loved ones and families together to usher in a new chapter of your lives. So naturally, your best four-legged friend should be there, too!

This is probably my favourite of the wedding trends so far: including your dog in your wedding as a ring bearer. If you have a dog, you probably know that they would follow you anywhere you go; even the bathroom, because dogs have no time for silly things like personal boundaries or privacy. Can you imagine them walking down the aisle, playing an important role on your big day?

"I encourage people to include their pets,” says Robin Mcdonald, a non-denominational Minister and Wedding Officiant from Rhode Island. “I think it’s a good thing. Weddings can be very formal affairs. I think when dogs are involved, they are an extension of the family, and it speaks to family love. You see people melt into [dogs]. They’re dressed up in their suits and they’re down in the grass with them. It’s a sweet, primal expression of love."

Robin spoke warmly of the weddings she has officiated (and there have been many!) where the family pooch was in charge of the wedding bands. “I always warn people that if they have a puppy in the wedding, they’re gonna steal the show,” she joked.

Putting the pup in charge of the rings is a big deal, and everyone wants to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Trying to securely attach the rings to the harness or collar is the biggest concern when it comes to doggy ring-bearers. “I’ve seen people tie rings to collars and leashes in crazy ways,” Robin said, recounting one story that stuck with her. “The worst one was when they were so worried about the dog losing the rings, they put so many knots, double, triple knots tied with ribbons, we couldn’t get them off! It was a bit of a buzzkill.”

Nobody wants to lose a valuable piece of jewelry, especially when it’s their wedding day. You might feel inclined to pull a MacGyver to keep the rings on the dog’s collar, leash, or harness. But what happens when you have to detach the rings? It doesn’t need to be stressful!

The Ring Keeper - Solution for Dogs Ring Bearers

Putting the rings in a clip-on, protective case like The Ring Keeper allows you to attach and remove as quickly as unclasping your dog’s leash. Plus, with a variety of colours to choose from, you can have The Ring Keeper match your wedding colours! Explore our shop and find the perfect colour combination for you!

Your rings will be safe and sound with your pup until you’re ready to put them on each others’ fingers, and that’s one less thing to worry about on the big Day. Now all you’ve got to do is take a deep breath and go get married!  

Oh, and give your dog ring bearer a nice big treat. They’ve earned it.

 Contributing Author: Kate Spain

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