Paying homage to your pets when they have to be MIA on your wedding day

By on Sep. 20th

Photo by Allebach Photography

Our cat, Fetus, is a big part of our lives and we'd like to find a way to incorporate him into our wedding, even if he can't physically be there.

I'd love to hear how other Offbeat Brides are paying homage to their pets!


First of all, Fetus is an AMAZING name for a cat! Okay, now on to the ideas… Of course the best way to incorporate your fur baby (or babies) is to bring them! We love weddings where the couple's dogs are the "flower beast." But if you can't bring your pet to your venue, here are a few ways to make their presence felt…

Mike and Katie Wedding Photography Austin Texas Memory Lane

Photo by Whitney Lee Photography

You could include them in your invitations and/or save the dates. For example, you could do what Jermaine and Laura did and have your pets do the inviting…

Save the Dates

  • Mention them in your ceremony and/or somehow incorporate them into your vows so that you're not only committing to each other but you're promising to commit to your furry family members as well.
  • Have your pets represented in your cake topper!

cat figurines

  • Have a special framed photo of your pet/s at the reception, perhaps by the guest book so that all your guests can be greeted by them. Or, even better, include them in your engagement photos and then display those photos at the wedding.

Instead of favors, pvixenj donated to All About Animals Rescue in honor of their guests.

  • Have the favors be donations towards the shelter from which you rescued your pets, or a breed specific charity.
  • Include photos of them into your wedding slide show (if you're doing that kind of thing). Or if your venue has use of a projector, you could project one good pic of your pet in the room.
  • Wear a charm bracelet or cufflinks with charms that represent your animals.
Wedding table number

Flickr member mingaling made their table numbers out of pictures of their dog Molls.

  • Get matching tattoos that represent your pet(s) before the wedding and make sure to wear clothes that show them off!
  • If you either have a LOT of animal friends, or a small wedding, you could even name each table after one of your furbabies. OR use your one furbaby to illustrate the table numbers.
  • Include them in your guest book design, like this geniusness from Flickr member penelope waits
a guest book page

Her husband drew this portrait of their three kitties, Ioan, Niamh and Josh, for their guest book.

  • You could incorporate your animals into your bouquet — attach a locket with their pictures to your bouquet or create a brooch bouquet with pendants and baubles that represent your pets like Cat did.
Cat's parrot brooch and real parrot at her wedding.

Cat's parrot brooch and real parrot at her wedding.

You'll find TONS more ideas in our archives:

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About Megan Finley

Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.