Photo: Lauren Peele Photography
These days it's not enough just to have an adorable flower girl or ring bearer participate in your wedding. Check out the unique ways these couples included animals in their weddings.
"My husband and I met at a llama-tracking center and are both animal lovers indeed! Wanting every element of our wedding to be truly memorable, my parents arranged for a pair of llamas to greet us, as we left the ceremony! Yes I hitched my wedding gown up and got on a llama!" —Kate
"Not only did our two French bulldogs walk down the aisle with us, our male puppy was the ring bearer— rings were attached to his collar. Our young female was the flower girl — she had a stargazer attached to her collar. Both dogs, of course, were wearing silver lame studded collars." —Jen
"Our entire pet family accompanied us down the aisle— honorary bridesmaid aka bulldog Aisha and our 10-year-old donkey Moses. Moses was extremely well-behave, more so than the dog who was so excited she had an accident!" —Sarah
"We adore riding, and we had an outdoor wedding expressly so we could ride our horses down the aisle!" —Karen
"Since my cat Blackie is actually trained to walk on a leash, I led him down the aisle. He had the rings tied to his collar." —Sheila
"When my husband Bill and I met, he was a caretaker for elephants in the circus. I was a dancing girl, alternately riding an elephant and an ostrich. I fell in love with Bill watching the care, patience and understanding he displayed toward the elephants. So when we married, naturally these magical creatures attended the ceremony!" —Linda
"My little terrier Sam, had accompanied me on all the important occasions of my life. So at my wedding I carried him down the aisle. He was wearing a silk kerchief that said, 'Dog of Honor.'" —Debi
"The reason we wouldn't serve pork at our wedding was because our pet pot bellied pig Murray was our ring bearer at the ceremony. We even had the wedding's signature drink— The Murray— named after him." —Barb
"We wanted a truly exotic animal to be part of our wedding. We couldn't make it to Africa, so we traveled to the Lion Habitat Ranch in Vegas. After the ceremony we went inside a Jeep right near Bentley the lion. A handler threw a piece of steak to seduce Bentley into getting into view for the perfect shot. Happily it worked and Bentley even roared his approval at our nuptials!" —Candi
Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.