How to Include Pets in Your Wedding

Zoom Theory Photography via Bow Ties & Bliss

Pets are an important part of our families, so it’s natural to want to include them in your wedding day! If you’re considering inviting your furry, feathery or scaly friend, here are 5 things to think about. 

1. Environment

Is your pet allowed in the ceremony and/or reception venue? Ask for supplier permission in writing so there are no issues on the day. It’s also important to ensure there’s enough space for your pet to eat, drink and go to the bathroom without disrupting the day’s events.

 This is an excellent resource for checking whether plants within the venue or your floral arrangements pose a health threat to your pet. For example, rose petals are non-toxic but you’ll have to be careful with lilies.

2. Guests

Will your guests be comfortable with an animal at the wedding? Consider family and friends with allergies or young children. We recommend announcing your pet’s involvement on the invitation so loved ones have the opportunity to ask questions and prepare for the day.

3. Role

Will your pet walk down the aisle, be by your side during the ceremony or pose for photos? Consider their personality before deciding whether they will Best Dog, a Flower Feline or feathered ring bearer. If they’re hyperactive with no appreciation for fancy dress, perhaps including them in an engagement photo shoot or as part of a creative save-the-date is a good alternative. Make sure to let your photographer know of your plans so they can help you get creative!

Your pet may be well-behaved under normal circumstances, but a large crowd, loud noises and an unfamiliar environment could produce an unexpected reaction. Practice runs are important, and it’s best to be prepared for the possibility of a bark or meow mid-vow!

4. Supervision

Who will look after your pet on the day? Unless a member of your close family or bridal party offers, they are likely to want to enjoy the wedding with you and your fiancé rather than your pet. Consider hiring a pet sitter or asking a friend, and organise a day pack that includes things like toys, a blanket and treats that will help reward good behaviour and provide a sense of familiarity.

5. Comfort

The outfit options are endless (and adorable!), but make sure you take your pet’s measurements and purchase the right size costume so they are comfortable on the day. Conducting a ‘fitting’ prior to the wedding is also a good idea – there’s nothing worse than your pet trying to wriggle out of their outfit as they make their way down the aisle!

With a bit of careful planning, your Pet of Honour can add a special, personal touch to your wedding.

Photography: Zoom Theory Photography via Bow Ties & Bliss

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