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Pet-friendly Indian weddings on the rise

If Indian weddings couldn't get any bigger, pets are getting onto more guestlists as couples opt to accommodate them on their big day, writes Rumela Sen

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“Is your wedding venue pet-friendly?”

This has become an increasingly asked question in the wedding industry in India.

More and more Indian couples are choosing pet-friendly weddings these days, making their furry family members an important part of their special day. And so, when couples narrow down their ideal wedding site, they want to know if the venue is pet-friendly.

Hold onto your hats, animal lovers! Furry and feathered friends or four-pawed ‘kids’ are not just cute accessories in wedding photos; they’re bona fide members of the couple’s family and the wedding party! And it’s no surprise, given that pets are increasingly being viewed as beloved family members.

pet-friendly wedding
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This ‘familial bond’ is backed by data from Supertails.com that shows that nearly 47% of pet parents in tier 2 and 3 cities spend between INR 1500-3000 (around $27-$55 AUD) per month on their pets.

As per the India International Pet Trade Fair, the Indian pet market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20% between 2021 and 2026, reaching INR 1.3 billion (approximately $23.6 million) by 2026. The number of pet owners in India is also on the rise, with the Indian Pet Market report indicating that there are over 19 million pet dogs in the country alone.

To cater to the growing demand for pet-friendly weddings, wedding planners and venues are now offering a range of services to accommodate pets. Many wedding venues have started offering pet-friendly accommodations, pet-friendly catering options, and even pet care services on-site. Wedding planners are also offering services such as pet grooming and pet transportation to ensure that pets are well taken care of on the big day in tier 1 cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, etc.

Indian couple with pet at wedding
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One must also keep in mind that bringing their furry kids to the wedding might also mean compromising on a few common wedding elements or rituals in India or planning their pet’s entry to the event accordingly. Most dogs for example are sensitive to dhol beats, loud music, and bursting crackers or pyros during various wedding ceremonies – wedding planners are more thoughtful about the elements that need to be added to pet-friendly weddings now. Replacing crackers with flower showers or planning “time-slots” for dhol walas are some easy ways to make the wedding event comfortable for ‘furry kids’.

The trend of pet-friendly weddings is not limited to just dogs. Cats, rabbits, and even parrots have been known to make appearances at pet-friendly weddings in India. As family members, your four-pawed kids or friends are much needed in your biggest celebration, right?

Alia Bhatt with her cat at her wedding
Actor Alia Bhatt with her cat Edward on her wedding day. (Source: Instagram)

Weddings are long events for families and can go on for 3-4 or more days with multiple guests at home, and possible travel plans. For many pets, being separated from their owners can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. Including them in the wedding can help alleviate these feelings and make them feel more comfortable and of course, this is the best occasion to shower them with the love and attention they truly deserve.More and more couples are opting to include their furry friends in their big day and venues are willing to accommodate to support their sentiment. With the pet industry expected to continue to grow in India, it’s safe to say that pet-friendly Indian weddings are here to stay.

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