Can't have your dog at your wedding? Cardboard cutouts to the rescue!

Updated Nov 3 2020
Photobooth with flat zoey
Photo from Julie & Tim's garden party family and friends wedding by Fernando Gonzalez

Chances are if you've got a pet and you're reading Offbeat Bride, you'd really like to have them at your wedding. But sometimes you can't have your dog at your wedding because Fido just isn't cool with crowds, or maybe you'll be the one who's stressed, or you know your cat would just be bored.

Still. You'd really like them to be a part of it all. And wouldn't it be cool if your guests knew just how much your pets mean to you?

Julie and Tim solved that problem with "Flat Zooey." They had a huge cardboard cutout made of their real dog (Zooey, obvs) and included the cutout as a stand-in during their ceremony. Bonus — the paper pooch made more than a few appearances as a photo booth prop! As Julie said "I had a three-foot cut-out of our dog made as a joke, since our real dog, Zoey, couldn't be there. It would have been too stressful for me to be worrying about her the whole time. We ended up using the cut-out in the ceremony and she became a prop for the photo booth. Half of our photo booth photos have our Flat Zoey in them. It's hysterical!"

You can totally get your own full-sized cardboard cut-out of your dog for about $50 over here. (Alternately, get a couple of these to celebrate the couple, or guests who can't attend!)

Better yet, maybe you'll be getting texts from your very own Flat Zooey for months after your wedding, like Julie does:

My mother loved it so much she kept the cut-out and is now taking pictures of Flat Zoey doing weird things and texting them to me daily. It's like the wedding never ended.

Ceremony stand-in? Photo booth prop? Guestbook attendant? How would your cardboard cutout canine (or cat or chameleon) help out at your wedding?

  1. I love this idea!
    We could not have our 2 furbabies at our wedding, so I set up a photo shoot with them and a sign that read "Our humans got married!" Then I framed the pic and put it on our sweetheart table so they could be there with us in spirit. I also used the pic in a few other small places at the wedding, like next to our card box.

  2. Oh, yes! THIS! This is what I have been searching for! We have two cats and they are our children! (I know I am kinda crazy cat lady, but I embrace it!) I have been struggling with ways to include them, since they will have zero desire to be out of the comfort of their home. This is perfect! Also, my flower girl, who doesn't want to be referred to as a "flower girl," can now be my "Cat Wrangler." #stealthisidea, is right!

  3. This makes me want to have a pet already, just so I can do this! (No pets allowed in this apartment, and rent is just too good to give up 🙁 )

  4. We shamelessly stole this idea for our wedding two years ago. There are even some great pics of the toddler flower girl dancing with cardboard Charlie (our black lab mix). It was a big success, and our Charlie cutout is still a conversation starter in our house today.

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