How to Include Your Pets at Your Wedding

You invite all of your closest loved ones to be there for your big wedding day, so it’s only fair that you would include your furry friends too! After all, they’re part of our families, too. That said, some pets may be tough to bring to your wedding, and some can be a handful to keep an eye on! But if you can swing it, it’s so worth it! Check out these adorable pets below that found a way to take part in the big celebration!

1. Include your pet in a special photoshoot

This is one of the easiest and most common ways to include your pets in your wedding celebrations, and it creates a keepsake that you can cherish forever! This is a great option for pets that would otherwise not be able to attend your wedding.

Wedding Photo with Bunny - Shannon Von Eschen Photography

Credit: Shannon Von Eschen

Wedding Engagement Photography Blue Tulip Imaging

Credit: Blue Tulip Imaging

2. Give them an official role in the ceremony

For those well-behaved pups and pets, why not let them participate in event? There are so many adorable accessories out there to dress up your pet, it’s hard to say no! Check out this adorable Dog of Honor, and the Ring Bearer with a pillow and harness made especially for dogs.

Dog of Honor Scarf for Wedding

Credit: HelloHazelCo

Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow for Dogs - Wedding Accessories for Pets

Credit: HappyTailsDogCompany 

3. Dress them up and bring them along!

If giving your pet an official role in the ceremony is too much for you, you could at least dress them up in something fancy or flowery and let them hang out! Designate a family member or friend to be the person in charge of taking care of them. Be careful, though! They may end up looking so cute, they steal away the spotlight!

Credit: Vue Photography

Doggy Tuxedo_Including Your Pets in Your Wedding

Credit: OliviasDoggieDesigns

4. Host your wedding at an animal friendly venue

If you’re the outdoorsy type, or if you’re planning a wedding with some southern charm, a farm or barn wedding is a great option that could include animals at the venue! Include a petting zoo for the kids, or dress up a few animals for photos.

Petting zoo wedding inspiration

Credit: Cryrolfe Photography

Farm wedding with llamas alpacas wearing floral wreaths

Credit:  Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love

5. Bring a custom made accessory or photo for those that can’t be there

At the end of the day, it may be best for both you and your furry friend to just leave them at home. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have a presence at your wedding! These accessories can be custom made so you can feel good knowing your pets are with you in spirit (and on top of your cake!)

Photography Amalie Orrange Photography_Weddings with Your Pets

Credit: Amalie Orrange Photography

Custom Dog Cake Toppers - Wedding Accessories for Pets

Credit: HeartshapedCreations

6. Bonus! Don’t own pets? Rent some to come along!

Okay, I realize this is a little out there, but I just had to include these amazing Llamas in this post! And yes, this is really real. These beloved therapy llamas are from my city of Portland, Oregon, and are actually available to “rent” as guests for weddings and other events in the area! How amazing is that!?

Wedding llamas for rent - rojo the llama

Credit: Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas

Hopefully this post helped to inspire you to include your pets in your wedding! Do you have any other ideas to share? Feel free to leave a comment below!