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

By on Sep 20th
Bride & dog

Photo by Anne Ruthmann.

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.

Are any of you paying homage to a pet on your wedding day? And if so, how?


First of all, Fetus is an AMAZING name for a cat… or anything really. Okay, now on to the ideas… Of course the best way to incorporate your fur baby (or babies) is to bring them! I just shot a wedding where the brides' dog was the "flower beast." But if you can't bring them to your venue, here are a few ways to make their presence felt…

Save the Dates

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

Boston terriers 4eva.

  • Have a symbolic cake topper! My favorite magnetic salt and pepper shakers come in a variety of animals which would be an easy way of repping your pet on your cake! Or have an Etsy seller make custom cake toppers to look like your pets.
  • 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.

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.

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

  • 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.

And I'm sure that you all have even more creative and sweet ways to incorporate your pets when they're MIA on your wedding day. So leave your ideas in the comments!

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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.