As weddings become more personalized and unique, couples increasingly opt to include their four-legged family members in the celebration. Pets at weddings not only add an adorable touch but also create unforgettable moments.

If you’re considering involving your furry friend in your special day, here’s a guide to help them steal the spotlight in the most charming way possible.

A Guide to Featuring Pets at Your Wedding

Pets at weddings add the cutest touch to an already love-filled day. Here’s our guide on successfully incorporating your furry friends into the festivities.

  1.     Pet-Friendly Venues

Before including your pet in the wedding festivities, ensure the venue is pet-friendly. Many couples choose outdoor locations or pet-friendly venues to accommodate their furry companions.

Check with the venue staff about any specific guidelines or restrictions they may have for pets.

  1.     Dress to Impress

Like the bride and groom, pets can have little outfits that complement the wedding theme. From dapper bow ties for dogs to flower collars for cats, dressing your pet in wedding attire adds a touch of charm.

However, ensure the outfit is comfortable and safe for your pet throughout the celebration.

  1.     Pet Roles

Assign specific roles to your pets that suit their personalities. Dogs can make adorable ring bearers, carrying them down the aisle in a decorative pouch attached to their collars.

Conversely, cats might enjoy a more relaxed role, like sitting near the altar or being part of the family photos.

  1.     Practice Makes Perfect

Before the big day, practice with your pet to familiarize them with the elopement or wedding environment. Take them to the venue, let them explore, and introduce them to any other animals that might be present.

Practice walking down the aisle; if your pet has a specific role, rehearse it multiple times to make them feel comfortable and confident. 

  1.     Pet Handlers

Consider having a designated pet handler on the day of the wedding. This could be a friend or family member familiar with your pet and can ensure they are comfortable and well-behaved throughout the celebration.

Having someone to care for your pet’s needs lets you focus on enjoying your special day.

  1.     Capture the Moments

Pets have a unique way of creating heartwarming and candid moments. Inform your photographer about your furry friend’s role in the wedding so they can be ready to capture those adorable expressions and gestures.

Candid shots of your pet interacting with guests or participating in the ceremony will be cherished memories.

  1.     Pet-Friendly Treats

Please keep your pet motivated and happy with their favorite treats. Consider incorporating a moment during the ceremony or reception for your pet to enjoy a special treat.

This can also be a distraction if they feel overwhelmed by the excitement.

  1.     Respect Your Pet’s Comfort Zone

While including your pet in the wedding can be delightful, it’s essential to be mindful of their comfort. If your pet seems stressed or uneasy at any point, have a backup plan in place.

Designate a quiet, comfortable area where they can retreat or have a trusted friend take them home if the celebration overwhelms them.

Wedding photos with dogs.

 Make Sure You Have the Pictures of Your Wedding Pets!

Pets at weddings bring an extra layer of joy, love, and spontaneity to the celebration. With careful planning, consideration for your pet’s well-being, and a touch of creativity, you can ensure that your furry friend steals the spotlight in the most heartwarming way.

After all, weddings are about creating beautiful memories and having your pet by your side makes those moments even more special. Let Emerald Moon Weddings help you capture the most “paw-fect” pictures to remember how your pets made your day magical!

Contact us today so we can capture these special moments for you!


February 5, 2024

Pets at Weddings: A Furry Friend’s Guide to Stealing the Spotlight

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