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.
“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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THE Range will be overrun with brides-to-be this weekend as six wedding venues open their doors for the Hinterland Wedding Summer Showcase.
The venues will host displays from more than 100 wedding suppliers ranging from florists and stylists to massage therapists and groom groomers.
Fourteen accommodation providers will also open their doors to assure couples that all their guests can be catered for in a hinterland wedding.
Hinterland Tourism president Christine Kardash said the wedding industry brought about $25 million a year to the Range economy.
"It's an enormous tourism driver because for every wedding there are the guests for that wedding so hopefully we're making such a good impression that that guest will decide to come back at another time," she said.
The owner of Montville Country Cabins said the event would highlight the Range's versatility as a wedding destination.
"There are six venues open and each of those venues has their own unique appeal, ranging from very formal to casual garden-type venues," she said.
"The businesses are all owned and run by individuals and families so they really have a huge investment, not only financially but personally, in those businesses."
Now in its third year, Ms Kardash said the event had proved a great way to generate long-term bookings.
She said exhibitors would be stepping it up this year with live music, demonstrations and fashion parades.
Visitors can also register for the chance to win $1500 in wedding services.
Maleny wedding florist Stacey Lambert will have displays at three venues this year.
"It's an opportunity to connect with (potential clients) face to face," she said.
"You build a relationship which you can't do normally."
Ms Lambert's business, Poppy Lane Flowers by Design, deals exclusively with weddings.
"I do it because I love it," she said.
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This 2016 they're on again: Emma Roberts and Evan Peters have mended their broken hearts and are back together. Does this year mean wedding bells finally after the engagement is re-instated?
"American Horror Story" real-life couple Emma Roberts and Evan Peters are now back together, after months of being the topic of re-coupling rumors. Previous reports have speculated that the on-again off-again couple was on-again late last year, after a very public separation. People reported that Emma Roberts, 24 and Evan Peters, 28 have finally returned to each other's arms and said, "Emma Roberts and Evan Peters seem to be back together."
"They had a date night last night at Roku - just the two of them. Super cuddly, were holding hands, laughing and smiling," a source revealed to the magazine. "They looked super happy together and noshed on sushi and a few rounds of cocktails before leaving the restaurant together," it added, fueling the back-to-engagement rumors.
This month, the same media shared the update that while back in December, the Emma Roberts - Evan Peters reconciliation could may well have been speculations, it has been confirmed. "'The American Horror Story' costars were spotted throughout Malibu grabbing coffee at Starbucks, strolling hand-in-hand on the beach and enjoying their five bedroom vacation home right on the water," revealed the report.
TV3 reported that Emma Roberts even tweeted "Perfect way to start 2016," referring to spending time with Evan Peters.
The fans of the couple rejoiced at the news that Emma Roberts and Evan Peters have found their way back, and are hoping that the engagement is back on. It was in 2013 when they announced their engagement, but mid last year, both Emma Roberts and Evan Peters called it quits.
Now with news and confirmation that the couple is back together, fans have been waiting to hear engagement news and if 2016 will be the year for wedding bells to ring. After all, since Emma Roberts' wish of a perfect 2016 start with Evan Peters was granted, wouldn't it be nicer if she ends it as Mrs. Peters as well?
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