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. (Just think about how adorable those pet wedding photos will be.) However, 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.
Take a Squad Pic
Even model Shanina Shaik invited a four-legged friend to her wedding to DJ Ruckus.
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.
Add an Illustration to the Invitation Suite
Ask your stationer to create a custom illustration of your pet for your save-the-date, like this charming design by Pickett's Press.
Make a Punny Sign
How clever is this fetching escort card display?
Go for the Unexpected
There was an alpaca at this wedding—an alpaca!
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.
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.