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Can I Get a Witness? Pets in your Wedding

dog sitting with a flower lei around it's neck
Juniper & Lane now offers pet signing cermonies

Marriage is a special moment in life, and it is no secret that pets play an important role in their owner's life. Including pets in weddings has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it's no surprise. After all, pets are an integral part of many couples daily lives. As a wedding officiant, you may have come across various unusual requests from couples, and some requests involve their pets. However, when a couple asked me if their dog could be a witness on their marriage license, I was a bit surprised. I had never been asked that question before, but as it turns out, this is not a new trend that went viral on social media, it's been a thing for decades. Some states even allow your dog to be the wedding officiant! In many states, including Florida, pets can be included as witnesses on marriage licenses. However, it's worth noting that the laws regarding marriage licenses and pet witnesses vary by state. So, if you're considering having your pet as a witness, it's best to check with your local county clerk's office to ensure that it's allowed.

If you decide to have your dog witness your marriage license, you might want to make it a special moment. Consider picking a pet-friendly location and bringing an ink pad to capture your pets’ paw print. You might even take it a step further and have a signing ceremony with your furry friend. This could be a unique and exciting way to incorporate your beloved pet as part of the ceremony.

In conclusion, if you're planning your wedding and want to include your pet as a witness, it's definitely worth exploring. It's a unique and heartwarming way to involve your beloved furry friend. Whatever you decide, make sure that your pet is comfortable and happy, and enjoy your special day with not only your loved ones but also with your pets. Ask Juniper & Lane how we can help you with a pet signing ceremony!


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