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Include Pets in Your Wedding

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It is estimated at least 85 million families have a pet – almost 70% of the population. Every day we see people post cute videos and pictures of their beloved animals on social media. We buy countless toys, treats, grooming products, outfits, and more for our pets. It’s safe to say America is pretty obsessed with their pets, and for good reason. Pets are a wonderful part of any family. They give us unconditional love, emotional support, joy, laughter, and so much more. Many people don’t feel their family is complete without a pet, and still others would even rather have animals than human babies.

It is estimated at least 85 million families have a pet – almost 70% of the population. Every day we see people post cute videos and pictures of their beloved animals on social media. We buy countless toys, treats, grooming products, outfits, and more for our pets. It’s safe to say America is pretty obsessed with their pets, and for good reason. Pets are a wonderful part of any family. They give us unconditional love, emotional support, joy, laughter, and so much more. Many people don’t feel their family is complete without a pet, and still others would even rather have animals than human babies.

However you picture your perfect family, it’s safe to say you love your pets – and when planning your wedding, you’ve likely thought at least once, “I wish my pet could be there!” Well, they can! Here’s a thorough guide to including your pet in your wedding. From the ceremony to the reception and everything in between, the most important people in your life – human or animal – should be present.

Although weddings are better when there’s an animal playing a role, you need to objectively consider your pet’s personality. Do they love humans, follow commands well, and are generally well-behaved? Perfect, give them all the roles you want! But if your pet is shy, anxious, doesn’t like to follow commands, or isn’t the best-behaved, you may have to leave them at home. Weddings are high-energy, high-emotion, and full of activity and noise. You have to consider your pet’s safety and well-being. If you aren’t sure your pet will love every minute of the attention, leave them at home. You don’t want to cause any undue stress to your loved one. But, if you’re certain your pet will thrive on the activities, definitely bring them!

If you ultimately decide you shouldn’t include your pet – or if you aren’t allowed – turn them into a cardboard cutout! It’s the next best thing.

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Ceremony

We’ve seen dogs and cats as ring bearers and even flower animals, but have you ever seen a parrot officiate a wedding? We haven’t either, but that just means you could be the first! Or, at least, your pet bird could rest on your shoulder throughout the ceremony. Your snake could be a part of your hand binding unity ceremony (definitely check with your officiant first!). Your pet can be your “best dog” or “kitten of honor” or you can supplement your wedding party by having each member walk down the aisle with their own pet – or an alpaca! Some brides have even opted to carry their bunny rather than a bouquet.
 

Farm animals aren’t necessarily excluded from pet status, either. It isn’t unheard of for a bride to walk down the aisle with her horse, pig, or goat. Rather than a getaway car, bring back the romantic tradition of leaving the ceremony and/or reception on horseback.

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