Part of the fun behind planning your wedding is making your invitation list. Of course, your closest friends and family will be there… but what about your furry best friend? Whether you have a dog or cat, your four-legged friend is part of your family. More venues are starting to become pet-friendly, so if you’re excited to include your pet in your wedding, you’re in luck!
Get some inspiration for how to involve your furry friend on the wedding day!
Not a Whisker Out of Place: This dapper feline absolutely steals the show in her blue bowtie. Taking a few photographs with your pet before or after the wedding might just become some of your favorite meow-mories. (Photo via Reese Moore Photography)
A Well-Primped Pooch: The dog is in the details! This pooch is looking suave in his custom-tailored tuxedo, complete with a boutonniere of his own. #cutenessoverload (Photo via Ashley Lester Photography)
Bow-Tied Bandits: This devilish duo keeps their outfits simple but classy for the party. Adding a bowtie collar is an inexpensive but unique way to dress your pups for the wedding day. And what ushers would do a better job than these two? (Photo via Connie Whitlock)
Flower Power Pup: For that sophisticated pup or feline in your life, give your florist free reign to design a flower collar! It’s a perfect way to intertwine your color palette with your pet. They’ll look glamorous walking down the aisle in a number like this one. (Photo via Vue Photography)
Pup-tastic Favors: Of course you raised your fur-child right and taught them all about sharing. For guests who have a furry friend at home, set up a pet favors bar. You could do this for cats with small toys or catnip to-go bags, too! (Photo via Amalie Orrange Photography)
The Tutu Girls: Who needs flower girls when you have these two? Our hearts just grew three sizes! A simple tulle tutu will have your guests smiling from ear to ear. Just be prepared for all eyes to be on your pup! (Photo via Stephanie Fay)
Pre-Ceremony Snuggles: Both cats and dogs have a calming affect for people, especially their owners. On your wedding day, have your pet nearby for a pre-ceremony cuddle session to alleviate some of that stress. Just remember to keep a lint-roller on hand in case your pal is a shedder. (Photo via Chloe Lee Photography)
Man’s Best Man: No one ever said your best man or woman had to be of the human variety. After this groom was injured in battle, he adopted a service dog to help combat his PTSD. When you have a bond this strong, it only makes sense to have your best friend by your side for your wedding! (Photo via Brad Hall Studios)
Save the Last Dance for Me: Don’t forget to include your pet out on the dance floor! When “Who Let the Dog’s Out” hits the speakers, you can bet your friend will be right there with you for the perfect photo-op. (Photo via Justin DeMutiis Photography)
The Fairytale Finish: This pup is in heaven: his owners just got married, he’s sunning himself on a beautiful day… life is good. This adorable collar sign is great for photos or for walking down the aisle! (Photo by Tamiz Photography)
If you want to include your pet in your wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Ask First. Make sure before you book your venue that they allow cats or dogs. Also ask if there is a time stipulation or if they have to be crated if they aren’t being watched. If allowed, it might also be worth asking if the venue provides a dog bed, just for when people are eating or when the night grows old. If not, you can look here to view new dog beds. You might even find one that matches your theme.
Find a Pet-Sitter. Schedule ahead of time a point-person to take your pet home if he or she is stressed out or the venue won’t allow them to stay until the end of the event. Weddings are stressful on everyone, and with being surrounded by new people in a new place, your pet may become anxious. Some boarding facilities have pet shuttles to pick your pet up, so call around to check your options.
Pack a Goodie Bag. Fill a reusable tote bag with food, toys and treats. Remember to keep your pet hydrated, especially if you’re having a warm summer wedding.
Be ready to laugh. Having a pet at your wedding can throw a lot of unknowns into it, especially if they’ll be walking down the aisle. Don’t be shocked if Rover pees while walking to the alter!
Think Ahead. Is anyone on your guest list deathly allergic to dogs? Does your pup maybe need to work on her manners, like not jumping? Remember your human guests still are a major priority, so go over the list of issues that might arise if you do decide to include your pet in your wedding.
Paws up or paws down? Would you include your furry-friend on your wedding day? What would be their role? Leave us a comment below!
Feature Image from Nessa K Photography