Plus one Pets, Inviting your horses and dogs to the ceremony
Tips for Planning a Pet Friendly Wedding
There is no question for many of us that our animals are as near and dear to us as our best friends. Ask yourself then why should they be excluded from the most important day in two peoples lives? Their wedding day! A wedding is a merging of families. Members of my family include our 4 legged brothers and sisters, our dogs and horses!
When Leatherwood Mountains started hosting weddings over 10 years ago it became quickly evident that not just humans could be invited to the nuptials. Cherished horses have taken many a bride down the aisle to meet her groom. We have had entire wedding parties witness the vows while sitting astride their mounts. Beloved dogs have stood beside their people as vows are exchanged and rings are placed on waiting fingers.
Our onsite Equine Center provides the perfect backdrop to include your horse in the ceremony. You can bathe them in the wash pit the day before and they can stick around for the honeymoon while you hit the trails for a week of riding.
If you do not own your own horses or don’t want to hassle with hauling them up then we have a wonderful string of horses that can be hired for photos, ceremony inclusion and of course trail riding during your vacation.
Some of the most dramatically beautiful ceremonies include a Percheron led Horse Drawn Carriage that our friends Thomas and Shana Williams from Alice Spring Carriage Company operate. They can be hired to take care of the equine element for your ceremony and provide exceptional photo opportunities for your photographer.
Fido makes a great ring bearer too! Leatherwood Mountains prides itself as being a pet friendly resort. Our guests love the fact that they can bring their dogs and enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountain weekend in style. Many of our guest cabins are pet friendly. Dogs love the great outdoors and are welcome all over the resort as long as they are leashed.
Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box for your wedding. Keep the things that are most important to you in mind as you plan your special day. You will cherish the memory of being surrounded by all your loved ones, including your 4 legged friends! A Leatherwood Mountains Wedding is the answer for the Pet-Friendly wedding of your dreams!
Written By Abbie Hanchey
Event and Marketing Director for Leatherwood Mountains Resort in Ferguson, NC www.leatherwoodmountains.com