You love your pet; you feed and groom them, and share cuddles and fun times. If your partner didn't like your pet, you'd probably be marrying someone else. Wedding plans often involve inviting relatives you hardly ever see, so why would you leave out your pet?
Did you know that 56% of 18-24-year-olds say they want their pet involved in their wedding; here are some great ways to do it:
If you have a dog, they'll love being part of the ceremony. Nothing makes your furry friend happier than having a job to do and pleasing their owner. Dogs make great ring bearers - most dogs will happily carry a basket in their mouths, or wear a harness with the ring cushion strapped to their back. It's worth attaching the rings to the cushion with a single loop of thread though, just in case your dog gets a little overexcited. Dogs can even be honorary groomsmen or bridesmaids. Just don't forget to check that your wedding venue is pet friendly! Check out some dressy gear for your dog to wear here.
If you're more of a cat person, you'll know best whether your pet will enjoy being the centre of attention or would rather slink away from the crowds. If you can't bear the thought of tying the knot without your cat there, there's no rule that says brides must carry a bouquet. If you want to walk down the aisle carrying your feline friend (maybe with a tasteful floral collar for the sake of tradition) and hand them over to your bridesmaids during the vows, why shouldn't you?
If your pet is likely to get overwhelmed by the actual ceremony, or just isn't the kind of species that you could take to the venue, think about photographs. One or two pictures of the big day featuring your pet would be a great way to involve them in your memories. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities for engagement photos and save the date stationery with your pet involved. Nothing says "I'm sharing my life with this person" than a picture of your significant other and your pet.
Be creative. Once you've decided to have your pet involved, you can develop wedding plans that really reflect you as a person. If tropical fish are your thing, why not have a tank at the reception? If you own a horse, how about arriving at the wedding venue on horseback (maybe side-saddle for the bride.) And if your partner has pets too, that's a perfect photo opportunity. An engagement picture of their dog and your cat together is guaranteed to melt the hearts of everyone who knows you.
Pets are an important part of daily life, so it makes sense to involve them in your big day. Find them a role, get them involved in photographs, maybe even provide them with wedding costumes. Your wedding should reflect who you really are - and that includes your pet.