Getting Married? Pet-Friendly Wedding Ideas to Include Your Furry Family Members

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From finding the perfect wedding dress to narrowing down and finalizing the guest list for your wedding, there’s a lot to consider. When it comes to your guest list, you may even be considering including furry guests as well. For many, their pets are just as important as their kids and other family members, so having them attend the wedding is a must. If you and your fiancé are one of those couples, then you may be wondering what the best way to incorporate furry family members into the big day is.

Should you include only your own? Or should you invite all guests to bring a four-legged plus one? Should they only attend as guests? Or should you create a whole experience that lets fur babies participate in the events of the day?

If you’ve decided you want to make your wedding pet-friendly, here are some ideas to help you include both your own pets and your guests’ on the big day:

Let Your Pet Walk You Down the Aisle, Deliver the Rings, or Both

If you don’t have someone designated to walk you down the aisle, then you may want to consider having your pet do it. Even if you do have someone ready to give you away, you can still have your pet make the walk along with you. If you aren’t sure about having your pet walk you down the aisle, then you may want to consider attaching the rings to your pet’s collar and having your pet bear the rings for you and your fiancé.

If you can’t decide which way you prefer to include your beloved pet, why not do both? Your pet is a big part of your life—past, present, and future—so why not let them participate in a big way on your big day?

Set Up a Doggy Daycare

If you’re including pets on your wedding day, whether your own or others too, you’ll want to have a designated person or two there to run a doggy daycare. While there will be points in the day when you’ll want to interact with your pets and let them participate, there will be other parts that they may not be able to actively participate in and need to be cared for and watched over. Having a doggy daycare area will ensure that all pet guests are accounted for and taken care of when their owners are otherwise engaged.

Keep a Specific Area Designated for Pets

Again, there will be certain times throughout the day when pets can’t participate in the events which means that not only will you need someone to look after the four-legged pets, but you’ll need a place for them to be. Whether you get a portable fence to corral them into a specific area or rent an extra tent designated for fur babies, having a designated area where pets can go when they can’t participate is a great way to keep everything under control. Just make sure the tent or corral is stocked with plenty of water, a few treats and snacks, and maybe a few toys so that they can relax and enjoy themselves until they’re able to participate again.

Make Treat Bags for Your Furry Guests Too

If you plan to give out wedding favors, why not create favors for your furry guests too? You can fill a custom bag with homemade dog treats or offer a pet accessory like a bowtie or hairbow that matches the colors from your big day. Your guests will appreciate their pets’ favor just as much as they appreciate their own. It’s a fun way to keep furry guests included, and it doesn’t require too much extra effort to do.

Have a Pet-Specific Wedding Party

You’ve got your bridesmaids and your groomsmen, so why not have a wedding party for pets too? You could invite the members of your wedding party to bring pets of their own or have family members’ pets with whom you have a close bond participate in the ceremony too. You can dress them up for the occasion and, as long as they’re well behaved, let them sit or stand in their own rows in front of your wedding party for the perfect pictures and a fun memory for all.

Provide Pupcakes for the Cake Cutting

You, your spouse, and your guests all get to enjoy some cake, so why not let your furry guests enjoy some too? While cake fit for humans can be hazardous for dogs, there are a number of pupcake recipes you can try that will give your four-legged guests their own sweet treat to enjoy while the rest of the guests enjoy the wedding cake you’ve chosen to share with them.

Have Your Pets Capture Special Footage

Your pets have a unique vantage point and will likely be on the go a lot on your wedding day, greeting guests and taking in all there is to see. Why not see what they’re seeing and get special footage of your big day as recorded by your fur baby? You can attach a GoPro or other type of action camera to your pet with a mount, then let them put together a video of your wedding day through their point of view. It’s sure to be a special one with special shots you won’t ever forget.

How do you plan to include pets in your wedding?

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  1. http://Emily%20Benzing says

    I would love to include my cat in my wedding. She’s a part of the family too!

  2. http://Holly%20Thomas says

    I love the idea of your pet being the ring bearer, but that is the only animal I would have at my wedding.

  3. http://Sarah%20L says

    I’m glad we didn’t have any pets when we got married. One less thing to worry about.

  4. http://Linda%20Manns%20Linneman says

    I think this sounds like an awesome idea. Our pets are so important to us and a big part of our family. Great ideas. Thank you for sharing

  5. http://Leela says

    I love the mini tuxedo!

  6. http://Dana%20Rodriguez says

    What a cute idea. I should include my cat. She is black and I have a pink rhinestone harness, leash and collar for her.

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