Attention parents of fur babies: We've compiled some of the most adorable pet wedding ideas so you can incorporate your beloved four-legged BFF into the wedding celebrations. Whether you own a cat, dog, horse, rabbit, reptile, or even a pig, there are plenty of ways to have your animal play a special role in the big day. And, these pet wedding photos are all the inspiration you'll need.
When considering the following pet wedding ideas, first take into account your pet's personality and whether your venue allows pets on the premises. Many couples choose to have their furry companions present for the "I dos" and reception festivities. Have your dog walk down the aisle with the bridesmaids, or stand with the groomsmen as you say your vows. Your furry friend can even dress for the occasion. Give your pup a bowtie that matches those of the groomsmen, or a little dress so your fur baby can be an honorary flower girl.
If that isn't an option, consider scheduling an engagement or bridal shoot in the months leading up to the wedding, or taking photos with them during the getting-ready portion of the day.
No matter which route you choose to go, notify all of your vendors so they can help you plan ahead and ensure a pet-friendly environment. If your pet can't make it to the big day, don't fret. You can use your relationship with your pet as inspiration for your wedding stationery, décor, favors, cake, and more. Have an illustration of your pup drawn up for your invitations or escort cards. And instead of the standard newlywed wedding cake topper, you can have a replica of your precious pet made to top your confection. The pet wedding ideas are truly endless.
From furry flower girls to kitty cocktail napkins, check out some of our favorite pet wedding ideas and photos below.
Walk Down the Aisle Together
Your pet is your ultimate furry companion who has been there for you through all of the ups and downs, so why not have them accompany you down the aisle, too?
Pose for Pictures
One additional family photo you should add to your list is one of your furry friend. Pose your pup next to your dress for a still-life shot that's too cute for words.
Dress Your Pup in Festive Attire
A little bow tie can give an air of class to your pup. Just be careful about how clean their paws are before they get near your white dress!
Invite Your Pup to the Getting Ready Suite
This puppy is already all tuckered out from all the excitement—and cuddles, no doubt—in the bride's getting ready suite.
Take Photos Together
Here, the common "bridesmaids on a bed" photo gets the cutest upgrade thanks to a furry friend making a visit.
Get On Their Level
Model Shanina Shaik invited a four-legged friend to her wedding to DJ Ruckus. Her photographer made sure to grab a shot where the pup was front and center (even though he was low to the ground.)
Just because it's a busy day doesn't mean you can't have some fun with your pup. A shot of you playing while in bridal attire can make a stunning shot for your wedding album.
Give Them a Festive Bandana
A fringe bandana in the same color as this groom's sherwani made this pup's outfits fit in perfectly with his parents'.
Consider Your Cats
Harley Viera-Newton's cats were the belles of the ball in handmade flower crowns to distinguish their dignified place within the wedding party.
Bring Your Bunny
Cats and dogs aren't the only ones who can play wedding guest. This bride and groom brought their pet bunny to join in for their portraits.
Have a Non-Traditional Ring Bearer
If your pet is very obedient, snap a well-timed photo of your ring resting on their paw.
Give Your Pup a Kiss
Stoop down to your dog's level for some well-deserved nose kisses.
Incorporate Their Likeness in the Bridal Ensemble
This bride had her veil embroidered with the sweetest depiction of her cherished dog. Now that's love.
Wear Your Loved One on Your Sleeve
A groom gave a shout-out to his pup with a customized pocket square in his likeness.
Walk Your Pup Down the Aisle
Lots of squealing will ensue when your flower girl or ring bearer walks your little pride and joy down the aisle.
Have Them Serve as Videographer
This couple attached a GoPro to their canine, capturing one-of-a-kind video footage during their wedding ceremony.
Make a Grand Entrance
We love this groom's cowboy-style processional where he made a grand entrance on his horse.
Have Company at the Altar
Here, two adorable bystanders look on as a pair of grooms exchange rings.
Make a Greenery Wreath
Deck out your dog with a gorgeous wreath or collar made of greenery. See if your florist might be able to make this for you from your ceremony florals.
Put Your Pup in Pearls
This cute pup matched his mom by wearing a collar and leash covered in faux pearls to make its way down the aisle.
Wrap Their Leash in Greenery
A harness and leash completely covered with flowers are 100-percent Instagram-worthy.
Dress Him Up in a Tux
Want your pet to fit the wedding dress code? Consider dressing them up in a little tuxedo.
Make Them Match
Have a few pups you can bring to your ceremony? Dress them all up in black tie with cute dog tuxedos like this couple did at their Malibu ceremony.
Dress Your Pup
While tuxes look cute on a pup, you can also put your dog in a dress for the ceremony.
Dress Them in Color
With a pink tutu and fancy collar, this colorful canine duo stole the show.
Get Them Groomed
One bride made sure to get her dogs freshly groomed before her wedding so they would be perfectly coiffed as they served as flower girls on the big day.
Make Them a Favor
This couple put their dog's photo and their wedding date on matchboxes for their guests to take home as favors.
Dress Up Their Leash
Just decorating a leash in lush greenery or florals is a fun way to elevate your dog's wedding look.
Coordinate Matching Outfits
Just as the groom's donned comic-inspired capes for their second line parade, so did their super pup, Moose.
Take Engagement Photos Together
If it's not feasible to include your pet in the actual wedding festivities because of their temperament or size, then have them accompany you to your engagement shoot instead. Compared to a full-blown wedding, it involves a much smaller window of time and there are fewer people around, making it the perfect low-pressure environment for animals who tend to be anxious or excitable. Plus, you'll still get to take lots of dynamic and memorable shots, like this one.
Let Them Save The Date
Ask your stationer to create a custom illustration of your pet for your save-the-date, like this charming design by Pickett's Press.
Consider Your Stationery
A couple who owns chickens paid homage to their feathery friends in their wedding invitation suite.
Think About Other Paper Goods
You can also use an illustrated motif throughout all of your table numbers for a whimsical feel.
Have Them Join for Pre-Wedding Events
While Peleton instructor Olivia Amato didn't have her pup attend her reception, she did bring Tobi along to other wedding festivities.
Take Formal Photos
When you are doing your couple portraits, make sure that your furry friends can also join in on the fun.
Let Them Stir Up Some Fun
Wooden drink stirrers showcased one couple's furry friend at their cocktail hour.
Don't Forget the Cocktail Napkins
A pet can also make a great appearance in the art of your cocktail napkins.
Remember the Bar Menu
At Dallas and Matt's Baltimore wedding, the couple didn't have their puppy Kash attend the festivities. But, they honored him with an illustration and a signature cocktail on the menu called the "Kash-a-rita."
Make a Puppy Groom's Cake
At their wedding rehearsal dinner, this couple had their dog reimagined into an edible treat for their groom's cake.
Go for the Unexpected
At this wedding, an alpaca made a visit to the festivities.
Let Everyone Play
Who's ready to party? This pup, who cuddled up to the DJ during the reception, definitely is.
A bulldog joined the new Mr. and Mrs. for their first dance as husband and wife.
Have Your Pup Join Your Processional
As this bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, she also had her pup join in at her side.
Make New Friends
One benefit of hosting your wedding at a farm, like this couple did? Plenty of cute four-legged friends to snap photos with.
Spruce Up Your Pig
While most couples don't have a pet pig, this photo proves that dressing one up in a tuxedo definitely makes for a great snap.
Consider Giving Back
Instead of a traditional wedding favor, pay it forward with a donation to an animal rescue program or the ASPCA.
Have Photo Booth Props
A large cutout of your cat's face is a must-have in your photo booth props arsenal. This way, they can photobomb all of your guests' pics.
Hide a Mini Me in the Cake
A stunning floral wedding cake came with a hidden surprise—a replica of the couple's dog peeking out from beneath the bottom layer.
Takes the Cake
You can even task a skilled baker to illustrate your pup on your cake in icing.
Add a Sign to the Cake Topper
A cake topper with your pet's seal of approval is a definite crowd-pleaser.