From dogs and cats to pigs and even an elephant, don't forget about your other important family members on your big day.

Whether you and your fiancé share a beloved pet or you can't imagine walking down the aisle without your childhood pup, there are plenty of ways to make your favorite animal part of your wedding day. From dogs and cats to more unexpected four-legged friends like goats and elephants, you'll be surprised (and delighted!) by all of the creative ways couples are incorporating their pets into their big day.

One great way to include your pet is during the ceremony. Dogs often stand in for the flower girl or ring bearer. Plus, you can dress them accordingly with an adorable top hat or flower crown — it's a picture-perfect wedding moment.

If you and your groom are fans of the less-traditional animal, there's no need to shy away from including them. We've seen couples find unique ways to incorporate baby goats, birds, elephants, horses and even pigs into their special day, making for some incredible photos.

Sure, including a pet in your ceremony or reception may take a little extra work and planning, but you'll be pleased to have included your animal pal in the long run. To help you find the best way to include your dog, cat, horse, or any other animal you love, we found 40 examples of real brides and grooms that made places for pets in the wedding day.

At left: This couple had just one guest at their quiet elopement — their adorable Labradoodle! He wore a pale bowtie for their family portraits in the woods.

Photo: Vicki Grafton Photography