If I turn up to a client’s wedding and they have brought their pet, there’s no doubt about it…my day has been made. Not only are these fluffy creatures adorable, but they also make great props for photos and portraits!
Pets are becoming an increasingly popular feature for wedding days. From dogs and cats to horses and chickens, I have seen it all. If you’re looking to incorporate this cool wedding trend into your wedding day, look no further! Below are 5 ways you can include your beloved pet(s) in your celebration.
Prep them for the big day
Every pooch loves a pamper session. Get them booked in ahead of the big day for a cut and blow dry – you want them to look pawfect on your big day! I recently came across this really cool business in the news based in Hull, called Wedding Woofers. Wedding Woofers offer bespoke wedding packages for dogs, which includes supervision at the ceremony and even pre-wedding training to make sure they are on their best behaviour!
If your pet is a little bit unruly and prone to running off and/or are likely to jump up on guests, it may be well worth considering hiring a supervisor for the day so you can enjoy your pet’s company worry-free. As well as this, you could go a step further and even get your pet a bow-tie or a corsage for their collar!
Bring them along to the engagement shoot
Why not involve them from the outset? Your engagement shoot is often much more relaxed than the wedding day itself and can take place in a variety of locations. I have shot engagement shoots in the middle of the city, rural Northumberland, and on a beautiful beach, for example. If you are keen to bring your pet along, choose a suitable area for your engagement shoot where you can enjoy your pet’s company to the fullest. Below is a shot from an engagement session I did with the lovely Chris and Zoe, who brought their pooch along for the process!
I have seen couples bring horses, chickens, bunnies and even cats to engagement shoots before. No animal is too wacky!
Include them in the ceremony
Bring them along to the ceremony as a guest! If you want to go a step further, why not have them as the flower girl/page boy? Nothing is too crazy these days – I have seen it all! You could even have them as the ring-bearer, although I have heard a few horror stories about dogs consuming the rings before the vows take place…and then they come out the other end a short few hours later.
Involving them in the ceremony is a lovely way to do something a little bit different on your wedding day. Many couples are married holding their pets or have their pets next to them while they read their vows. Others like to have them walk down the aisle with the bride!
Involve them in the registry
Many couples are opting out of a traditional registry and are instead asking guests to donate money to a charity of their choice. With this in mind, you could show your love and appreciation for your pet by asking guests to donate to a charity for their breed/species. For example, if you have a dog, you may want to donate to charity like Dogs Trust. If you want to include your horse in your big day, you could donate to a horse rescue fund or charity. The list is endless!
They are fantastic in photos!
Lastly, pets are great for group photos and portraits! Your guests will no doubt want to grab a few shots with your furry friend, and they work great for big family pictures. After all, they are family! A must-have for dog lovers is the ‘joint hands and paw’ picture, as featured below from Zoe and Chris’ wedding. If you love sea life, why not get a photo session at an aquarium? Or a session at the stables with your horse? The list is endless! The best picture is when you catch them on the dance floor at the reception…
Are you going to give any of these ago? I would love to hear your thoughts on including your pet in your wedding ceremony and if you’re going to try the trend!