Therapy animals have proved to be invaluable friends to a great deal of Americans – colleges are bringing in therapy dogs for kids to de-stress during finals week, more and more people living with anxiety have adopted a furry friend or two, and beyond. When it comes to your wedding day, most believe that the stress melts away once you begin your walk down the aisle – however, for many brides and grooms, the feeling can stay with them throughout the event. With this in mind, why not include therapy animals as part of your reception entertainment? While dogs are excellent additions, why not take a slightly different angle with llamas and alpacas?
Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas, a non-profit organization specializing in animal-assisted therapy, will bring one of these special friends to your vow exchange as a way of creating a fun – and educational! – experience for you and your guests. A high volume of engaged couples are considering the rustic-chic motif for their “I dos” nowadays, making a llama or an alpaca a fitting guest of honor. Their visit adds a unique angle to your post-ceremony entertainment while also serving as a resource on these gentle creatures as well as alternative forms of therapy. All of the proceeds go toward supporting the program!
As of late, many brides and grooms have taken part in this fun experience – photos of all kinds of therapy animals standing next to guests in their finest wedding wear have started to surface on the web. Inviting therapy llamas and alpacas to join the festivities of your knot-tying celebration will add a pinch of pastoral sentiment and will be a source of conversation for your closest friends and family for years to come.
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Like the idea, but want to take the concept a step further? You can also spend time with these striking mammals during your destination wedding in Peru or Ecuador! Luxury travel company andBeyond just launched two new itineraries in both countries – something to consider for the highly adventurous duos who desire a vow exchange that defies convention. For those who would prefer a local event, but are seeking a thrilling and offbeat location for their honeymoon, these treks include breathtaking sightseeing (including the famous Machu Picchu in Peru), gourmet and authentic dining options, and even more animal encounters! Critter-loving newlyweds with a knack for travel will swoon!
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