A day as exciting as your wedding day is meant to be shared with everyone you love, including your fur baby! There are plenty of creative ways to incorporate your four-legged buddy in your nuptial festivities.
The Ceremony: Who said a ring bearer or flower girl must be in human form? One adorable way to include your pet is to have them stand in for the ring bearer or flower girl. Dress up your pet so that he or she fits the role.
For a flower girl, have your fur baby wear a flower crown. A furry ring bearer will look super cute with a top hat on. Of course, this will only be successful if your pet is well behaved and doesn’t get nervous in front of large groups of people. If you do decide to go this route, make sure you have a human keeping an eye on your pet while they’re performing their wedding duties. Once you have designated a pet sitter for your celebration, ensure the pet sitter does their job by getting your pet dressed up, relieving them for bathroom breaks, and monitors their behaviour.
If you choose to have a human flower girl or ring bearer, don’t fret! You can still incorporate your pet into your ceremony by having them be a sign-holder or escort. This will add a sweet and lighthearted touch to the entire event.
If you prefer to walk down the aisle with your pet, this is also another increasingly popular option. Unfortunately, many brides and grooms have circumstances that prevent them from having a parent walk them down the aisle.
Signature Cocktail: Let’s say your wedding venue has a very strict no-pets policy. If that’s the case, you can still include your favourite canine or feline by naming a special cocktail after them and serving the delicious drink during cocktail hour or throughout the reception. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the types of alcohol and garnishes that can go into a signature cocktail that represents your beloved pet. Be creative, imaginative, and have fun with it!
The Wedding Registry: It seems the days of traditional registries are long gone. Instead of a wedding registry and in lieu of gifts, consider asking wedding guests to donate money toward the rescue group or shelter where you adopted your baby.
Photos: As with most weddings, there will be a time slot where formal photos will be taken. If you want your pet to be involved, get a trusted friend to bring your pet to the location where the pics will be taken. Consider talking to your photographer about this beforehand. This will make things easier for you, your pet, and the photographer. Work with your photographer and choose a scenic location where there will not be any pet restrictions.
Save-the-Date: If your pet physically cannot be by your side on your wedding day, consider including them in your save-the-date photos. This is a cute yet simple way to remind your guests of your upcoming big day along with including your animal best friend.
The Décor: If your pet cannot physically accompany you on your big day, consider including them in the wedding décor. You don’t need to be over the top. Keep it classy and playful by displaying photos of your four-legged friend during the reception. You could also incorporate your pet by using them in stationary illustrations or even as a cake topper.
Cute Bouquet: Instead of a flower bouquet, carry your pet down the aisle in a small and decorated basket. Obviously, this will only be practical if you have a pet that is smaller in size. For example, cats, rabbits, birds, and even tiny toy sized dogs can easily be carried down the aisle in place of a bouquet of flowers.
Have a Pet-Friendly Wedding: Animals play such a large role in the lives of some couples, so it is not that far-fetched to just plan a pet-friendly wedding. While it might sound unusual, it is becoming more and more popular. Hosting a pet-friendly wedding means you allow your guests to bring their furry friends too. Not only will your wedding be super unique, but it will also allow you to incorporate all your pets on this significant day.
This is especially a wonderful idea if you live on farmland or on a property where there are barn animals who you interact with daily. When planning a pet-friendly wedding, be sure to hire animal-friendly help and consider those guests who might not be as excited about animals as you are. There will be guests who don’t love animals, and there will also be guests who have allergies. Make sure to have a designated area for the pets to roam while ensuring your non-animal lover guests are comfortable.
Your wedding day is a celebration of the love you and your partner share. This also includes celebrating and paying homage to everything the both of you share a love for, including your pets. While you want to make sure your guests are comfortable, this day is ultimately about you and the love of your life. You can choose to incorporate your pet into every single detail of your nuptials, or you can choose to just add some unique and memorable tidbits that incorporate your favourite furry family member. Above all, make sure to have fun while planning your beautiful commemoration where two become one.
Written by N. Rolleri for The Wedding Planning Store