Over here at BRIDES, we are big fans of finding special ways to give a shout out the people closest to your heart in your wedding—including your pet! While some wedding venues will allow your dog or cat (or whatever) to be on the premises during the actual nuptials, many unfortunately can't accommodate your pet (think: restaurants, indoor ballrooms, historic sites). And while you might not be able to fathom having your big day take place without your fur baby, take a second to think about the logistics. Who is going to be looking after the dog after their moment in the spotlight (and once you two have had plenty of champagne)? What if they have an accident on your dress? What if it rains and your pup tracks mud everywhere? What if they get loose and you can't find them? There's actually a ton of anxiety that could come along with having your pet at the actual wedding.
So, if you can't actually have them there for the big day, it's super easy (and honestly extremely adorable) to find ways to include their likeness in your wedding. From decor to cake toppers to welcome bags, here are 16 ways you can still have your pet represented in your wedding, even if they can't attend.