How Pets Can Make Your Wedding Infinitely Better

By Maria Yeonhee Ji

Deciding to include your pets in your wedding doesn’t just mean having your furry friends underfoot while the humans go about their day. There are a myriad of ways to incorporate your pets into some of the formal aspects of the day, as well as in many informal moments. Some of the many perks of having your pets around include the incomparable cute factor, their de-stressing effects in the hours pre-ceremony, and the personalised touch they bring (not to mention personality!) to the wedding photography. All in all, we think pets can make your wedding infinitely better both on and off the camera - here are some images that demonstrate perfectly why. 

CELEBRATING WITH FAMILY MEANS FURRY MEMBERS TOO

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Image by Ben Howland Photography

If weddings are about celebrating this milestone with those you love, why shouldn’t it include your pets? 

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Image by Epic Love Story Photography


Animals are such a huge part of many people’s lives, and it’s obvious from photos like this that they absolutely deserve to be a part of the family celebrations.


YOU’LL HAVE MORE INTERESTING DETAIL PHOTOS

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Image by Sarah La Croix Photography


Detail photographs of the bride and grooms’ choices in shoes, perfume/cologne, jewellery, and other accessories are one of the classic images your photographer will take on your wedding day. By and large, most couples’ detail photographs look pretty similar, but having your beloved pet in the shot is a fantastic way to make these images personal to you. 

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Image by Elena Zaychikovna Photographer


Cats and kittens, in particular, bring so much personality into the photos. What’s more, it’s such a great way to get some professional photos of your pets take without having to organise a separate photo session specifically for your pets. 

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Image sourced from Agora Noiva


There’s also something so adorable about ring photos with your furry friends, whether it’s your favourite good boy… 

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Image by Yakoniuk Photo


Or a cheekier snap with an inquisitive feline. 

THEY’LL KEEP YOU COMPANY (AND CALM) BEFORE THE CEREMONY

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Image by New Forest Studio 


Nerves can run high in the hours leading up to the ceremony, but your furry friends will help keep you calm (or at the very least distract you from your nerves with their adorable faces). 

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Image by Ruth Roldan Foto


And if you’re not doing first look photos, then who better to spend time taking photos with than your loyal furry companion(s)? 

THEY HELP MAKE YOUR WEDDING SIGNAGE THAT MUCH CUTER

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Image by Gemma Leese Photography 


One of the many effective uses of wedding signage (https://www.aucklandweddings.co.nz/how-signage-can-make-your-wedding-better)
includes bringing a touch of humour to the celebrations. Signs like ‘My Humans Are Getting Married’ and ‘I Loved Her First’ are sweet ways of including your pets in the day and bringing a smile to your guests’ faces. 

THEY CAN BE ALTERNATIVES TO HAVING BOUQUET

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Image by Lauren Dobish Photography and Rachel Buckley Weddings


It’s a growing trend for your bridal team to carry puppies down the aisle instead of your typical bouquet. It certainly makes for a more dynamic, captivating entrance. 

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Image by Pounamu Photography 


But if multiple animals are a bit too much to deal with, having just one furry friend for the bride to carry is a fantastic choice, too. 

THEY BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU

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Image by Ashley Smith Photography


Your pets will help you relax in front of the camera, and bring out your most authentic selves which is something invaluable to capture on your wedding day.


AND THEY’RE VERY VERY CUTE

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Image by Tews Visual 


And (in case it hasn’t been mentioned before), pets are very very cute in weddings. 

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Image by Julie Harmsen Photography


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