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Modern couples are including their pets on their wedding day

OME might say it’s barking mad but modern brides and grooms are extending their wedding invitations to their four-legged friends.

Local celebrants are noting a rise in couples including their pets not only in photographs and in their vows, but also the ceremony itself.

“People definitely regard them as part of the family so it makes perfect sense to include them on the big day,” said celebrant Kerri Flanagan.

Ms Flanagan recently performed a ceremony which had the couple’s border collie as the ring bearer. Wearing a waistcoat, white shirt and tie, the dog carried the wedding rings on his collar.

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“They told me their wedding wouldn’t have been complete without their fur child,” Ms Flanagan said. Penelope Carrick, of Modern Celebrants Adelaide, said there were risks.

“I’ve mostly had couples’ dogs as their ring bearers and pretty much every time it happens, they always break the lead and run away with the rings on,” she said.

“I always suggest that the dog comes to the rehearsal … dogs can get very excited and nervous about new places, so getting them used to their new surrounds normally helps.”

Newlyweds Kristie and Jason Brinkworth, of Mt Barker, said it was important to include their dogs, Conan and Arnold, in their November wedding.

They dressed the dogs in suits, from Desperate House Dogs in Harbour Town, and included them in their photography session.

“It was my idea just because they are kind of like our children … they’re a massive part of our family so I really wanted them to be included,” Mrs Brinkworth, 25, said.

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