Remember Junior Mink? He’s my little golden retriever, who has been my sidekick for the last five years. Very early in our wedding planning, I debated having Junior Mink in our wedding. I feared that he’d be uncomfortable or the logistics of getting him to and from our venue would prove too difficult. Almost every comment from my original post about this encouraged me to include Junior Mink in our big day. One bee even Photoshop’ed an image of Junior Mink with a bride and groom to encourage me.
We settled on including Junior Mink pretty soon after that. Mr. Mink and I weren’t exactly in agreement about what Junior Mink should wear, though. Mr. Mink thought the bow-tie collar we have was the perfect outfit for Junior Mink. I put it on him for holidays and special occasions.
Photo by Miss Mink
I had a slightly different idea. I had seen floral wreaths that my florists, Pat and Sherry Spencer of Pat’s Floral Designs, had made for dogs on a few wedding blogs. I thought Junior Mink would look adorable with a floral wreath around his neck.
In the end, I was a bit more passionate about the floral wreath than Mr. Mink was about the bow tie, so the wreath wins. I bought Junior Mink a black collar, lead, and Gentle Leader harness to be the foundation for his look, and I think he looks very sharp.
Photo by Miss Mink
Of course, now we had to deal with the logistics of getting Junior Mink to the wedding and returning him home after our ceremony. We considered asking a few of our friends to do this, but we didn’t want anyone to miss out on part of the day because they were ferrying Junior Mink around. We considered asking a few neighbors who are students, but our wedding day is their moving day.
I almost gave up on Junior Mink being in the wedding but, as luck would have it, I saw a Living Social email about hiring an errand running company that operations in Virginia, DC, and Maryland called Vivacity to do all kinds of tasks, including pet sitting. I quickly emailed the company to ask if our “task” fit into their pet-sitting parameters and got a lovely email back from the owner, Ashleigh Ward, saying she’d be happy to help us. I quickly purchased the Living Social deal and felt relieved that we wouldn’t be burdening a guest with the role of chauffeur for Junior Mink.
I recently met Ashleigh for coffee to talk about our timeline. I brought Junior Mink along so they could meet, in case she wasn’t a “dog person.” It turns out that she has two dogs herself, so she’s completely comfortable with taking care of Junior Mink on our wedding day. She put me at ease almost immediately.
I took a picture of Ashleigh’s binder because it has a bee on it! / Photo by Miss Mink
I decided that I might also hire her to do some of the last-minute jobs that come up just before the wedding. I’m not sure I can juggle dropping welcome bags off at area hotels, transporting linens to the venue, picking up my dress (from where it’ll be steamed), and other tasks on the same day as our rehearsal. It might be nice to have someone else to help us on the day before the big day.
How are you planning on handling last-minute wedding tasks?