Mr Elk and I have been arguing a lot about one particular subject with regards to the wedding:
our dog, Harrison. (P.S. doesn’t he look like a monster in that second picture?)
In my corner: I want him at the wedding walking down the aisle, standing right next to us. He is our baby, and I can’t imagine our wedding without him being a part of it. Plus, how adorable would a shot like this be?
In the other corner is Mr Elk, and Mama Elk. Both agree that while it’s a cute thought, it is a terrible idea. You see, our pooch, while sweet as can be, is not the brightest. He is also extremely nervous, and at any new noise or object in his path he will cower and retreat. I can therefore see where Mr Elk and Mama Elk are coming from in thinking that him walking down an aisle will lead to disaster. Moreover, we have no place to leave him during the reception.
Since I have been outvoted on this issue more times than I can count (though I keep trying!), I have started to think of other ways of including the pooch in our wedding.
Option #1: I saw a wedding that had a cute doggy topiary, and thought that that could work. It is pretty stinking adorable, and I could put a sign around its neck that says welcome or something. This option costs about 120 dollars, and Mr Elk isn’t so into it.
Option #2: When I saw this Quaker inspired marriage license, I swooned over the tiny little pooch hiding in the bottom right corner! This would definitely lend itself to a subtle nod towards our canine child, and my brother could easily include a rendition of our dog in his custom marriage certificate.
via: Etsy Ampers and Ink
Option #3: Doggy Cake Topper. Honestly, I’m not particularly into the whole cake topper thing, so I don’t think this one is going to happen.
I am conflicted. I think adding a mini pooch to the marriage certificate is easy, but a little too subtle for me. I want him to have more of a presence at the wedding. I still like the topiary, but wonder if people will think it is really strange, plus $120 is nothing to sneeze at for a freaking moss dog!
So hive, what do you think is the best way to include our furbaby at the wedding? Do you have any other ideas for including pets in weddings if they can’t physically be present?