When you decide to commit to someone from this day forward, make sure you don’t leave out the other VIP in your life — your pet. Whether you’re a dog lover or a cat lady, there are plenty of ways to give your pet a role in your big day. Here are our top ideas (not to mention some pretty adorable photos) to give you a little inspiration.

Engagement Sessions


Did you guys meet at the dog park? If that fateful first meeting involved animals, you should take it back to the original spot with both of your pups in tow. (Photo via Dex Knows)


Whatever your story may be, your non-human friends probably have played some part in your life together. As you embark on your next phase in life, make sure they still get included in the festivities. (Photo via Brenda’s Wedding Blog)

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We guarantee your family members will love seeing a cute animal face in your engagement announcement. (Photo via Boho Weddings)


Heck, maybe even let your pet announce the engagement for you! (Photo via Bridal Guide)


Even if your pet isn’t amused, it’s hard to ignore the grumpy cuteness of a cat with balloons and its begrudging congratulations. (Photo via Pop Tastic Bride)

Save the Date

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Speaking of pets making announcements, how about this adorable trend? While they may not be able to shout your news from the rooftops, they can certainly help you tell the world about your engagement. A simple hand-written sign will do the trick (and give you a chance to show off your DIY and calligraphy skills). (Photo via Wedding Bells)

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A wagging tail and a well-written sign will let your guests know the bride is finally arriving. (Photo via Apple Brides)

Ring Bearer

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If you trust your animal friend enough to bring the rings, let them walk down the aisle and present them to you. The chorus of “awwws” as they arrive at the altar will be well worth the many, Many, MANY training sessions. (Photo via Wedding Bells)

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Or, if your pet has more of an indoor personality, capture them with the rings before the big day so they can play their part. (Photo via Style Me Pretty)

The Star of the Show

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Now we get to the good stuff. Incorporating animals into your big day is a great chance to celebrate your pets or add a bit of warm fuzziness to your day. (Photo via Juno and Joy)


They can even help you tie together your wedding theme. A little something blue, anyone? (Photo via Borrowed and Blue)


Give your pets a chance to dress up for the big event and get their moment in the spotlight. (Photo via The Lovely Bay)

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Don’t forget to save a dance for your best non-human friend. (Photo via Wedding Bells)

Have any fun stories to share about animals at your reception? Tell us in the comments below!