How To Include Your Pet In Your Wedding

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A wedding day brings together all your closest family and friends, but what about your pets? They’re as much a part of the family as children, so how do you include your pet in your wedding day?

Pet Sitter

When we’re talking about how to include your pet in your wedding day, our top tip being a pet sitter may sound a little odd. But it’s an important thing to consider to make sure your pet gets everything they need on the wedding day. Your pet sitter could be an employed professional or someone who is attending the wedding itself (try not to choose anyone from your main wedding party as they’ll have other things on their mind!). Having a dedicated person to care for your pet means you can enjoy your day with them knowing they’re safe and cared for.


If you’d like your pet to be part of your ceremony or reception, speak to your venue. There may be certain rules you have to stick to, or places your pet isn’t allowed to go. Most venues will do their best to accommodate any pet, but it’s an important conversation to have.

Meg the dog looking down the aisle at Wath church


Including your pet in your wedding photographs is a great way to capture them as part of the day. If they’re not going to be at your whole wedding day, speak to your pet sitter and photographer to arrange an appropriate time for a mini photo shoot to take place. If this isn’t possible then make sure you get some photographs together during the bridal and groom prep!


For pets that are attending the whole day, think about getting them something to match with the wedding party. Whether this is a collar, bow, or something to go around their lead or cage in your wedding colours it will help them look the part.

Bride and her dog on the wedding day


Just as you mention your parents and children, mentioning your pets in your wedding speeches is a good way to have them involved in your day. We’ve seen a few instances where photographs or cut outs of pets have been given as gifts to the bride and groom from the wedding party during the speeches too.

The wedding speeches at Holiday Inn Barnsley Wedding

Charity Wedding Favours

Finally, think about your wedding favours. Animal charities, like a lot of charities nowadays, are giving the option to purchase wedding favours from them. These are usually personalised and come in a range of styles and quantities. It’s a great way to support their cause and give a nod to your pet too. RSPCA and Dogs Trust both offer this service, along with many more.

Next we’re looking at How To Choose Your Bridesmaids And Groomsmen.