When two animal lovers get engaged, there is often one question on your mind – how can you include your pet in a wedding? Your wedding day is a special day for you and your partner to share with your loved ones. This can include friends, family, children and, not forgetting, fur babies!
If you have a pet with a special place in your heart, then there are various ways that you can get them involved in your wedding! Whether you’re a dog lover, a cat person or maybe even a bunny enthusiast, having pets participate in your wedding is becoming a more and more popular trend!
If you’re seriously thinking about ways you can get your furry pal in on the action of sharing your vows but aren’t quite sure how, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of fun and quirky suggestions to give you some food for thought, your dog a bone, your parrot some… seeds?
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30 Ways To Include Your Pet In a Wedding
Announcing your wedding
Before the actual wedding can take place, your guests need to know about it! A lovely and alternative save the date option could include a photoshoot with your pet. This can be a really fun and lighthearted way of inviting your guests, and you’re free to get as creative as you want. It could also save you time and getting cramp in your hand from writing out all of your cards!
The ring barker
Your furry (or maybe even scaley) friend is a big part of your life together and shares a lot of the love that you and your partner have for each other. The role of the ring bearer is traditionally taken by either the best man or a child from your family, but if you’d like to opt for something a little more alternative then why not choose your pet? After all, pets are often described as being close to having a child of your own!
Meow of Honour
Having your pet involved in your wedding day is an easy choice for a lot of animal lovers. But, perhaps, the biggest role you can give your pet is to have them as your maid of honour!
As long as your pet is comfortable within a group of people and chill about having lots of photos taken, then there’s no reason you can’t have your favourite pal stand with you at the altar!
Have artwork made of your pets as wedding favours
Your guests know how much you love each other, and they probably also know how much you love your pet, so why not show them?! Having some artwork created and printed of your favourite animal is a unique and lovely way of thanking your guests for being there on your big day.
Have a pet themed seating plan
Many couples create their own DIY seating plan displays for their wedding. The great thing about this is that your seating chart can be decorated and organised however you like! If you’re looking for an alternative way to have your pet included in a wedding day, why not get creative and include them in your seating plan design?
Keeping your pets photo in a locket
If your pet can’t be with you on your wedding day and you’d like to find a subtle way of having them by your side, then keeping their photo in a locket might be perfect for you! A photo in some special jewellery is a loving and personal way of including your pet in your wedding day while keeping them close to your heart as well.
Ride your horse to the ceremony
If your furry friend happens to have hoofs and a beautiful mane, why not ride your horse to the ceremony? If you’re an avid equestrian then galloping to your wedding on your stallion or pony may only come neiiighturally!
Whether you’d like to send your wedding guests home with a slice of wedding cake each, or maybe even make gift bags for your friends pooches, a doggy bag is the perfect way to do it! You can decorate them however you choose, possibly even including you own pets paw print!
Start your day with a good walk
Taking a walk with your pet on the morning of your wedding day can be a great way to relieve stress and calm nerves. Pets are natural stress busters and walking early in the morning will work wonders for getting your endorphins going! Why not take half an hour for yourself and your pet on the morning of your wedding day to go for a stroll together and prepare yourself for the day ahead with your best friend?
Pet themed wedding cake
For a quirky and fun way of involving your pet in your wedding, why not dedicate your wedding cake to them?! Having a specially decorated cake is a fantastic way of showing your love for your pet, and a great way of showcasing your fur family together with your new partner for life! The best part of this is you’ll also get to do lots of yummy cake tasting!
If you have an animal that is large and strong enough to carry a small camera, such as a go-pro, why not make a unique video of your big day from your pets-eye view?! The video will not only give you an amazing and hilarious insight into your big day from your pets focus, but will give you a lasting keepsake of your wedding day.
Include them in your speeches
Getting married is a huge step into your future together as a couple, and if you share a pet then this means going forward together as a family. As our pets are a big part of our lives, there’s no reason you can’t dedicate part of your speech to them! If you have any particular happy memories or funny stories that have helped you bond with them, or that make your relationship with your partner even more special, this could make a wonderful element to your prose.
Pet inspired centerpieces
If you’d like your pet to be the centre of attention on your wedding day, why not create a centrepiece inspired by them?! Your centrepiece doesn’t have to be a floral bouquet or a crystal vase, you can be as creative with them as you please! Using you pet to create a design for the tables can help put a personal stamp on your day, while also involving your pet in your wedding!
Walk with them down the aisle
As long as your pet doesn’t have a nervous temperament, walking with them down the aisle to your love is a gorgeous way of involving them in your big day. This creates some beautiful memories and gorgeous photos.
Bunting is a very popular choice for wedding venue decoration. It can bought especially for the occasion, or you can create some in a DIY style! Adding a pet theme to your bunting is a fantastic way of creating decoration that is really unique and sentimental to your special day!
Have a location wedding
If you have a huge love of animals and really want to incorporate this into your wedding day, why not have a location wedding? Farm weddings are very popular but you could also go for an alternative location, such as next to a duck pond or in a butterfly garden. This way, you can share your day with various animals!
If you have a loved pet that is no longer with you, a lovely way of remembering them on your wedding day is by making a memory box and asking guests to give donations to favourite animal charity. This is a very thoughtful way of showing a token of your affection for your lost friend on your special day.
Quirky bespoke clothing
Many couples choose to jazz up their wedding wardrobes with something a little bit different, from the colour scheme to alternative shoes. But if you’d like to involve your pet in your wedding and are looking for a way to really stand out on your wedding photos, why not order yourself a bespoke pet themed tie?! Or, if you’d like to be a bit more subtle, socks!
Pet inspired cock-atoo-tails
If you’re thinking about offering a signature cocktail for your wedding guests, why not consider a meow-tai or a barkardi and coke? Your pets can help to inspire a trademark drink for your day in a way that all your guests can enjoy!
Bird seed gifts
Birds of a feather flock together! If feathery friends are a big part of your life and you’d like a way to show your love for them on your wedding day, why not gift your guests with some stylish bird seed favours? This can be a really unique and thoughtful addition to your wedding and is also great for the environment!
Your pet is a beloved member of your family, so as long as they aren’t camera shy, it’s an adorable idea to make sure you have some photos taken with them on your big day! This lets you involve your pet in your wedding celebrations and also gives you some amazing memories to keep on your mantelpiece.
Set a place for your pet at the wedding breakfast
Don’t forget that your pet will also need to eat and stay hydrated through the day! While you and your guests are enjoying the wedding breakfast, why not set your pet a special place at the table? This way they get to join you in the toasts!
Bespoke napkins are a great way of decorating your wedding breakfast tables and can be created in many different designs. Your napkins or serviettes can be especially designed to incorporate an image or picture of your pet for your guests as they enjoy the meal.
Write a card to your partner from your pet
Your pet loves you and, if they could, they’d write you a wedding card themselves! But, you might need to give them a bit of help by writing a card from them to your new husband or wife on their behalf. This is a really cute and sentimental way of involving your pet in your wedding day and showing your love to your newly married partner in a very thoughtful way!
Pet themed treats
If you’d like some alternative dessert options or if you’d just like to provide your guests with some sweet treats through the days proceedings, why not have some special customised biscuits made? These make for a great snack and can make some gorgeous Instagram worthy food photos!
Ice, ice, baby!
If you’re looking for something that really makes your guests say ‘wow!’, why not consider going a little bit extra on your party decorations with a bespoke ice sculpture? These can be designed to look like your pet and are great whether you’re going for either a summer or winter themed wedding!
Pet photo booth props
Photo booths are a really popular choice of entertainment for weddings right now! As a fun alternative to formal wedding photos, lots of people choose to buy or make DIY props for their guests to use to take photos with. You can involve your pet in your wedding by making props such as cardboard cutouts of them for some really silly photos!
Have dog toys out for your guests to play with your pup
Why should the humans get to have all the fun? If you’ve got a toy loving, sociable dog then why not lay out a toy basket for your guests to play with them? Better yet, why not make your dogs day with a ball pit or a collective tennis ball throw?!
Take them on your honeymoon
For a pet lover, the perfect honeymoon or mini moon will likely involve taking your pet with you! As long as your pet is a good traveller, there are lots of different options from pet friendly hotels, lodges and caravan parks!
A thank you card
When involving your pet in your wedding day, it’s important to consider the temperament of your pet, the venue and your guests. There are many wonderful ways to have your pet take part in your wedding celebrations, whether they can physically be there or not. Get creative, share the joy and love you have for your pet and make your day truly special for your newly wedded family, paws n’ all!
Also, read these wedding venue decorations ideas.
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