How to Include Your Furry Friend 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 photo shoot

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 Photography with Pet Bunny_Shannon Von Eschen Photography

Credit: Shannon Von Eschen

Wedding Engagement Photography Blue Tulip Imaging_Pet Horse at Wedding

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 an official manor? There are so many adorable accessories out there to dress up your pet, it's hard to say no! Plus, each of these items below are handmade by lovely Etsy sellers!

Dog of Honor Bandana_How to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

Credit: HelloHazelCo

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!

Wedding Inspiration_Dogs in Wedding with Floral Crown_Credit Vue Photography

Credit: Vue Photography

Dog Tuxedo_Wedding Photography_Including Your Pets at 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_Cryrolfe Photography

Credit: Cryrolfe Photography


Farm Wedding Inspiration_Animals on Farm with Florals

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!)

Weddings_Amalie Orrange Photography_Weddings with Your Pets

Credit: Amalie Orrange Photography

Custom Made Doggy Clay Cake Toppers_Wedding Accessories for Your 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_Llamas Dressed in Wedding Attire_RojotheLlama

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!

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