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Pawty with Your Furry Friends at Your Wedding


In a perfect world, your furry friends would accompany you down the aisle wearing their very best formal attire and an attitude of obedience. While your wedding may be picture-perfect, realistically, including an animal can pose additional challenges and isn’t always doable. That’s not to say your furry friend can’t celebrate this big moment with you. There are many ways to honor your pets in person and spirit!

Involve Your Pet in the Wedding Ceremony

Want to make a pawsome entrance? Let your pet walk (or carry) you down the aisle! They also make adorable ring bearers, flower girls, and furry groomsmen/bridesmaids. Before you begin brainstorming ways to tie a ring to your cat’s neck or train your dog to carry a flower basket in its mouth, check with your ceremony venue; there may be rules on the allowance of animals. For less stress, assign someone to be in charge of your pet throughout their time during your wedding day.

Get Ready With Your Pet

Wedding planning is stressful, and the moments leading up to the big “I do” can be nerve-wracking. Maybe your ceremony location doesn’t allow pets, or they’re too energetic to participate in the wedding. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with them beforehand. For additional love and comfort, keep your pet around the morning of your wedding and include them in ceremony pastimes, such as getting ready photos and the first look.

Take Portraits With Your Furry Friends

Do you know what’s even better than a portrait? A pawtrait! Have a friend help you out with this one! Even if your pet can’t actively participate in your wedding, appoint someone to bring them by for a short moment, so they don’t become too overwhelmed. Dress them in the finest attire and take memorable pictures of your perfect day.


Include Them In Your Engagement Photo Session

Having your pet present at your wedding can be a lot of work. If you’re unsure about including them the day of, consider bringing them along for your engagement session. These photos can then be used on your wedding invitations, save the dates, or displayed along with your wedding decor.

Use Your Pet As Inspiration For Wedding Decor

If your pet can’t be present along the way, consider adding them to the wedding day decor. Take inspiration from the photos below by including a lovely painting, wedding cake topper, take-home dog treats, or wearing a dress that displays a tattoo of your pet. If they’ve passed, remembering them through imagery can be a sweet addition to your wedding props.

Complete Weddings + Events in Grand Rapids

Your wedding day should be celebrated with those you love. Including your pets in the celebration is a fun addition to an already fantastic day. Whether you’ve been planning for your big day or are just beginning, contact Complete Weddings + Event in Grand Rapids for your wedding needs and questions!

Author: Rachael Gage

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