When the wedding day finally arrives, parents, siblings, relatives, and close friends are unquestionably at the top of the guest list. However, more and more often, couples choose to include their pets as valued wedding party members as well. Favorite horses provide rides to and from rustic ceremonies, their harnesses festooned with flowers and greenery. Some couples include their bow tie clad kitty in wedding photographs. But thanks to their people-friendly personalities, dogs join the festivities in person most often. The best “bois” might even serve in the wedding party as ring bearers. Like cats and horses, they dress to impress, wearing flower-lined collars, tuxedos, or even frilly dresses.
As when toddlers are involved, wedding party pets can be a source of unexpected antics and fun. Guests watch their every move as they — hopefully — perform their duties. These furry attendants may or may not behave as planned, perhaps running off with the rings or barking during the vows. All the pomp is as exciting for them as it is for everyone else. Who can blame them for adding their unique touch to the festivities? When they roll in the grass while the human wedding party poses, the resulting photographs are priceless.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to have your pet attend your wedding in person. This does not mean they cannot be present in other ways. Brides and grooms include their pets in save-the-date photos and personalized wedding invitations. Pets also make their appearance in many creative ways during the ceremony and reception. Personalized wedding cake toppers of the bride and groom may include their likeness as well, or they could be found peeking out from underneath the icing of a cake layer. Furry friends’ faces decorate koozies, bar menus, and napkins. They give any reception a special, personal touch.
Pets bring so much joy to life. Whether you name signature cocktails after them or they carry the rings, having your pet with you on your wedding day honors them for what they are: a valued member of the family.