Lots of couples are making their dogs and other pets part of the wedding day, and it truly does feel extra special to see the connection people feel with their animals. We also really love when furbabies make an appearance at engagement and anniversary portrait sessions!
If you’re thinking of incorporating your pups (or horses, fish, llamas, unicorns, etc) into your photos, be sure to have a plan for caring for them between photos. On the wedding day, there are some really important questions to consider:
- Where will they hang out before and after the ceremony?
- Who will be in charge of making sure they have water?
- How can you ensure they will be happy and feel comfortable while everyone is getting ready?
We talked with Joy (also known as The Pet Gal!), our favorite critter caretaker and expert in all things animal related, for advice on how to make the wedding day fun, comfortable, and relaxing for your favorite furry family members:
What is one thing that you wish couples knew about bringing their pets to a wedding?
To hire a professional! Don’t leave the responsibility up to a family member or friend. They are there to celebrate you! Enjoy your day stress-free with someone who does this regularly!
You keep pets so calm and happy during big events! What’s your secret?
We do have a meet and greet prior to the wedding so that the pet is familiar with us and we are not strangers. We usually have treats or a squeaky toy on us. Who doesn’t like the treat lady, lol.
How did you start your business?
It was completely organic. A client, now friend of The Pet Gal, was planning her wedding and she approached me and asked how The Pet Gal could help to allow her first love, Annie, a feisty yet lovable Yorkshire terrier, and Cornflake, the couples newest Golden Retriever rescue, partake in their wedding. After all, as we further discussed, they are family. Without hesitation, I said YES!
Our Wedding Pet Attendant ensured they were pottied and well exercised prior to the ceremony. She dressed and brushed their coats and walked both dogs down the aisle. She cared for Annie and Cornflake during the photo session, greeted guests at the reception and when it was time to go, she transported them safely back to their Round Rock home.
Kelly and Terance could enjoy their evening worry free and didn’t have to rely on friends and family. They wow’d their guests and their entire family participated in their special day.
I fell in completely “in love” with the idea and after further conversations with my business partner, Dan Schweitzer, we decided we had to make this niche service part of our growing business. Now, over 50 wedding later, we’ve hired a Wedding Pet Attendant coordinator and 4 Attendants. Dogs in weddings… what’s not to love!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting to play and bond with lots of different pets!
What are some of the biggest wedding trends you’re enjoying right now?
Pets in weddings, lol
I’m also enjoying seeing couples making the day their own. No set way of how things are “supposed to be”. Couples are doing what they want, how they want it!
Do you have pets at home? (if so, pics please!!!)
Yes I do! I have 2 cats, Pink and Margarita. They are my world! I got them while living in California and they made the drive with me to Texas 4 years ago! I did the drive in one straight shot as I didn’t want to upset them more than I already have. They don’t travel very well.
Do you specialize in weddings and events, or are there other services you offer?
Not only do we offer wedding pet attendant services we do it all! We actually started out as a pet sitting and dog walking company. It’s only recently that we started focusing on weddings. Whatever your pets needs are we got you covered. We offer in-home pet sitting. We will make sure your pet is comfortable in their own home. We even offer overnights where we will come to sleep at your house so your pet doesn’t have to be alone at night.
Any hilarious stories you can share?
I recently did a wedding with 2 pups, Kevin and Miley. Kevin was very much a people pup. Miley on the other hand wasn’t a fan of crowds of people, she’s a rescue! They did really good walking down the aisle then rejoined mommy and daddy to walk out of the ceremony, the comedy was when the pictures were trying to happen. Miley managed to hide behind the ring bearer, the dress, anything she could. She has us all laughing!
Contact The Pet Gal for help the day of your wedding and engagement session. You’ll feel happy and relaxed knowing your little one is in great hands!
Phone Number: 888.522.9916
Looking for even more inspiration on how to make your pets feel like the life of the party? Definitely check out The Pet Gal’s Pinterest board!