Including Your Pet in Your Wedding

Story provided by Wild Honey Wedding Planning + Event Design

Photography by Plum Pretty Weddings

Would your wedding just not be the same without your pet? Whether it’s a recent rescue or a cherished childhood pet, there are a lot of fun ways to incorporate your favorite animal into your big day. From dogs, cats, and rabbits to larger animals like horses and alpacas, there’s always a way to include them in your festivities.

Dogs in particular make adorable flower girls and ring bearers (like the one pictured). They can be escorted down the aisle by a junior attendant, family member, or one of the bridal party. For senior dogs or pets with mobility issues, you can have them wheeled down the aisle in a wagon.

For other small pets- cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.- rather than having them walk down the aisle, a member of the bridal party could carry them. Just keep the animal’s temperament in mind. Will they be okay with being held for fifteen minutes?

Not every animal will be able to take part in the ceremony, but they can still be represented in your wedding through photography. You could have your pets take part in your engagement shoot or as part of the “getting ready” pictures the morning of the wedding. If you’re concerned about getting your wedding clothes dirty before the wedding, you could always schedule a post-wedding shoot.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking of having your pet join the celebration:

  • How does your pet do with crowds?
  • Is your venue pet friendly?
  • Who will take care of your pet before, during, and after the ceremony?
  • Is there a place where they can go to relax from all the stimulation?

Additionally, you should work with your florist to ensure all your flowers are pet friendly. Safety is the number one priority; you will need to avoid poisonous plants and choking hazards. Also, if you have guests with dander allergies, you’ll want to note your pet’s attendance on your wedding website.

While it may require some extra planning, for the animal lovers out there, the effort is definitely worth it!  

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