A German magazine just published exclusive photos from Nicole Richie's wedding. (I found them via Jezabel.) I'm not commenting about her Marchesa wedding dress or how happy she looks. This post is about the fact that she had an elephant at her wedding.
Why the bride wanted an elephant at her wedding is something I'm not familiar with but here are some thoughts about having animals or pets at your wedding.
It is not uncommon for a bride and groom to include a family pet - dog, cat, bird - as part of the wedding processional. No one, I'm assuming, expects their household pets to spend the night on the dance floor. But it's important that there is someone at the wedding, other than the bride and groom, who is in charge of the pet. To feed it, walk it, clean up after it and babysit it before, during and after the ceremony.
When it comes to "wild" animals - assuming the elephant at the Richie/Madden wedding sparks a trend - you need to make sure that you have the proper zoning and licensing paperwork to have the animal there and that there are certified animal trainers on hand in case of any accidents or incidents.