By Hannah McCarthy
There are different ways to include your favorite animal in the reception. The first is having your pet be the flower girl or ring bearer. They can run down the aisle with a cute bucket of flowers in their mouth or hold on to the pillow with the rings tied to it. If you would rather have your ring be brought down the aisle by a different loved one like a niece or nephew, your dog could come down the aisle with a cute sign that says, “Wait ‘til you see her” or “I can’t be trusted with the ring.”
Your pet can also be included in the wedding party. If you want your pet to stand on the side with the bridesmaids, find her a cute tutu that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. If you want your dog to stand with the groomsmen, find him a little bow tie that matches the groomsmen.
One way to include your pets without them physically being at the ceremony is with photos. A unique idea we’ve seen is to have a picture of your pet in your bouquet. Brides will sometimes have charms or jewelry in their bouquet. If you decide on a charm, include a locket with a picture of your fur child.
If you don’t like furry friends, but love water and fish, you can have a unity fish bowl. We have heard of one couple that combined both of their fish into a larger fish bowl symbolising the unity of their new family.
There are so many great ways to include your animals in the reception without physically having them there. One way is to name your signature cocktails after them. Choose a cocktail that describes your animal’s personality and name it after them! Some of our clients have named their cocktails after their cats.
Adding your pet into your cake topper is a fun way to include them. If you are having a cake topper modeled after you and your fiance, why not include a model of your furry friend as well! The cake is a focal point for the reception, so all of your guests are sure to see the cake topper of your little family.
Photographs and videos allow you to look back and forever remember your big day! They are also a great way to allow your animals to be part of your wedding. Let your photographer know ahead of time so they can prepare some sweet poses with your pet. Also, be sure to tell them if you have a particular shot in mind!
One of the most fun ways we have seen animals included is with video. Attach a GoPro to your furry child and let them wear it throughout the ceremony and reception. This will allow you to see what the wedding is like from your pet’s perspective!
Here at Common Sense Events, we know how important your furry friends are to some of you. We hope these suggestions help you invision ways to include them in your big day!