An increasing trend in weddings is to include a beloved pet, especially a dog, in the marriage ceremony. Many people frown on this practice, but I embrace it. I spend my day surrounded by beautiful greyhounds at home and at the kennel -- as I write this two are sleeping at my feet -- and well know the importance that your dog plays in your life. Why not include him or her on your special day?
Some brides and grooms have walked with their dog to the place for the ceremony then handed him off to the best man. Others have had their dog stand near them as they exchanged their vows and rings, and I have even had one of my greyhounds stand in for a dog that could not attend. Either way, the weddings with dogs have been fun, different, and expressed an important value in the bride and groom's lives.