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
Pose your fur baby next to your gown for a still-life shot that's too cute for words.
Dress Your Pup in Festive Attire
A dapper dog makes himself right at home in fluffy layers of tulle.
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 standard "bridesmaids on a bed" photo gets the cutest upgrade.
Take a Squad Pic
Even model Shanina Shaik invited a four-legged friend to her wedding to DJ Ruckus.
This little pup wants to help the bride get dressed, too.
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.
Order Unique Ring Holders
Safeguard your rings with a pet-inspired accessory holder.
Have a Real Ring "Holder"
If your pet is very obedient, snap a well-timed photo of your ring resting on their nose or paw.
Give Your Pup a Kiss
Stoop down to your dog's level for some well-deserved nose kisses.
Allow for Some Alone Time
Scoop your furry friend into your arms for a heartwarming pic that will be a wedding album highlight.
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 a Ring Bearer
Have your dog carry a specially designed pillow for his or her grand debut (entrust the real rings to the best man).
Plan a Separate Processional
This couple attached a GoPro to their canine, capturing one-of-a-kind footage during their wedding ceremony.
Make a Grand Entrance
We're swooning over this Southern groom's cowboy-style entrance on his steed.
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.
Wrap Their Leash in Greenery
A harness and leash completely covered with flowers are 100 percent Instagram-worthy.
Dress Her Up in a Dress
The cutest flower girl we ever did see.
Dress Him Up in a Tux
This little pup in a navy tux looks dapper as can be.
Wear Whatever Feels Natural
With a pink tutu and fancy collar, this canine duo stole the show.
Consider a Floral Collar
A wreath of greenery and this little guy is ready for the spotlight.
Opt for a Bow Tie
If your pup isn't a fan of dressing up, you can attach a small bow tie onto their collar instead of trying to get them into a full ensemble.
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.
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.
Consider Your Stationery
A couple who owns chickens paid homage to their feathery friends in their wedding invitation.
Think About Other Paper Goods As Well
You can also use an illustrated motif throughout all of your wedding stationery for a whimsical feel.
Get Creative With the Escort Card Display
"Best in show" ribbons guided guests to their seats at this equestrian-themed wedding.
Take Formal Photos
Sneak away from the reception to take a few shots with your furry pals.
Make a Punny Sign
How clever is this fetching escort card display?
Don't Forget the Cocktail Napkins
Kitty cocktail napkins for the win.
Remember the Bar Menu
The couple's dog made a special appearance on their signature drink menu.
Make Pillows That You Can Reuse at Home
Personalize your wedding lounge furniture by including a pillow with your favorite breed.
Go for the Unexpected
There was an alpaca at this wedding—an alpaca!
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.
Embrace Farm Animals
Gather all of your animal companions for a breathtaking bridal shoot.
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.
Take Family Photos
Just when we thought we'd seen it all, this tuxedoed pig oinked its way into our hearts.
DIY Fun Details
At this wedding, the couple gifted horseshoes to their guests (in many cultures, placing a horseshoe over the door is believed to bring good luck).
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.
Showcase Your Pup as a Cake Topper
A mini version of the newlyweds' pup was the finishing touch to this couple's confection.
Add a Sign to the Cake Topper
A cake topper with your pet's seal of approval is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Make the Cake (and the Wedding) a Family Affair
A couple displayed cute miniature wooden figurines of their pet family on their buttercream-frosted cake.