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Can you include your dog in the wedding?

Absolutely!!! However there are some things to consider!

Here are some tips from renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell. Victoria, best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog, is not only CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training but also a best-selling book author.

1. Ask if your dog has what it takes. Weddings can be stressful and overwhelming for a dog that does not adapt well to new environments or is uncomfortable around strangers. Sociable dogs that are outgoing and friendly often cope better with the extra attention they are likely to receive. If your dog is shy and uncomfortable around people, leave him at home where he is safe and secure.

2. Decide what part of the ceremony you would like your dog(s) to attend. Involve your dog in the ceremony but not the reception, as receptions tend to be overwhelming — especially those with an extensive guest list and loud music.

3. Check first to make sure that the venues you choose for your wedding allow dogs. Many have a strict no pet policy.

4. Make sure that you tell your bridesmaids or groomsmen of your intentions before the day. Many people are allergic to dogs, so giving them ample warning will help them prepare if they suffer from allergies.

5. What role is your dog going to play at your wedding? Whether she is the ring bearer or the hound of honor, start preparing early for the tasks she is going to do during the ceremony.

6. Designate a handler that will be with your dog at all times throughout the ceremony. This will relieve any pressure you might feel to make sure that your dog behaves properly.

7. Rehearse as much as you can with your dog before the big day and leave ample time to practice during the actual rehearsal so that your dog (and his or her handler) knows exactly what to do and when to do it.

8. Take a trip to the grooming parlor or wash and groom your dog at home so that he looks and smells good on the big day.

9. Ensure that your dog is well-controlled around your guests. A jumping dog will not be appreciated. If your dog has a tendency to jump up, take time well before the day to teach him an alternative behavior, such as greeting a person by sitting and giving his paw rather than jumping up. If his excitement level is too high, he might find it hard to control his impulses — in which case, keep him leashed and controlled at all times.

10. Do not forget to include your dog in some wedding pictures!
 Need ideas? Enjoy these fab photos of couples’ adorable pets all decked out on the big day.

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Will Rain Ruin Your Wedding Day?

You have taken the time to plan a beautiful outdoor ceremony, whether in a park, plantation, courtyard, or the beach…it is your vision, to be married under a clear blue sky with a couple puffs of friendly white clouds…

Over 90% of the time this happens!! However, I always recommend having a Plan B, in case of bad weather!! This Spring, we have skirted a couple of storms, we had to move a wedding from a 4pm time to a 1pm time to avoid the storms, and we had rain at the end of one wedding. We are as flexible as possible with the weather.

We watch the weather very closely, and 1 week prior to your ceremony, we discuss the weather, and if we need a potential Plan B. If the weather is questionable, 2 days prior to the wedding, we will again discuss the options as well as a deadline for when the decision needs to be made by.

So what do we do if it rains?

First thing we check is when is the rain. The general weather may say 60% chance of rain, but if that is in the morning and you have an afternoon wedding, no problem! Next we check the where. It could be pouring in Mount Pleasant, and not a drop in Charleston, or Folly Beach. How flexible are we with timing? If it is an elopement it is easier to say afternoon storms, so let’s do the wedding at 2pm instead of 6pm. If we have 30 guests, it is harder to change time.In most locations, there is a covered area close by. We also check with where the reception is being held to see if we can use the space, or if there is an area at your accommodations.

Often we hear from brides, “we don’t care if it’s raining, we are going ahead with the ceremony!”

We understand that thinking, however, if it is thunder and lightning, for safety, Reynolds Treasures and any vendor contracted under Reynolds Treasures will not be out in the weather. If it is a soft rain, the officiant can still perform the ceremony, but most photographers and musicians will not allow their equipment in the damaging weather. Each vendor has the right to make a judgement call with their equipment or instruments.

We don’t want to scare you away from your dream outdoor wedding! We just want you to have a plan just incase!!! We perform over 250 weddings a year, and rain may affect 10% of the weddings, and we need to make changes to about 1%, while the others the storms dissipate. As always Reynolds Treasures will always work with you and help you along the way to avoid any last minute worries!!

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