Approximately 70 percent of American households have at least one pet, and for most of us, those pets are part of the family. So naturally when planning your spring wedding, you may want to consider bringing your best friend along to celebrate. At Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC we love pets, too, and want your four-legged friends to have a great time at your event. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of tips for making your pet comfortable at your next occasion with us!

Provide Refreshments

Your guests will be working up an appetite mingling and hitting the dance floor, and your pet may be, too. That’s why it’s important to have plenty of water and food available for your furry friend to enjoy throughout the event. Set aside a special time (preferably the same time as their usual mealtime) and make sure to feed and provide water to your pet.

Go for a Walk

It may be beneficial to hire a dog walker for your event so you don’t have to leave the festivities to take walks. If your pet is on a regular schedule for going out, stick as closely as you can to that schedule to minimize the risk of accidents.

Provide Shelter

Sometimes even the most social pets get overwhelmed by a lot of people - especially in a space they’re not familiar with. This is why it may be beneficial to bring along a favorite bed or pet crate. This will let your pet take a break if needed, all the while still feeling comfortable and secure in their environment.

Meet and Greet

If you want your pet to socialize with other guests, be sure he or she is ready and comfortable around strangers. It may be beneficial to visit the park more frequently, or attend a few socialization training sessions for pets to get them more at ease with people.

Dress Up Time

A tuxedo or bowtie collar is an adorable way to incorporate your pet into wedding festivities. If your pet is not used to wearing clothing, however, let them practice in their special attire as frequently as you can leading up to the big day. This will help reduce the risk of your pet chewing on or tearing their special outfit. Furthermore, if you plan to keep your pet crated for part of the festivities, make sure you take their special attire off so they are comfortable and do not destroy their outfit out of boredom.

Remember, it’s normal for your pet to feel nervous or a little afraid on your big day because it’s a new situation. Be patient if they are overwhelmed and try to follow their cues about their behavior. If your pet is too nervous to walk down the aisle or visit with guests, don’t force it. They will be much happier and feel more secure if you let them lead the way.

To begin planning your special event, contact Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC today!