One of the sweetest things about weddings today is having man’s (and woman’s) best friend take part in the ceremony. Who doesn’t gush and swoon when they spot a furry friend walking down the aisle with tail wagging and looking their wedding best?

Whether you and your fiancé share a beloved pet or you can’t imagine walking down the aisle without your childhood pup, there are plenty of ways to make your favorite animal part of your wedding day. From dogs and cats to more unexpected four-legged friends like goats and horses, there are several creative ways couples are incorporating their pets into their big day.

One of the deal-breakers my fiance and I had for our wedding venue was whether or not we’d be able to bring our beloved German Shepherd, Jack, to the ceremony. The ceremony we’re having will be on a country farm, and Jack is rarely far from our side. We purchased our pooch on our one year anniversary, and knew he needed to be involved in our wedding day in one way or another.

One great way to include your pet is during the ceremony. Dogs often stand in for the flower girl or ring bearer, which is our plan for Jack. Plus, you can dress them accordingly with an adorable bow tie or flower crown, or hang a sign around their neck that says ‘My humans are getting married!’ — which also makes for an adorable photo-op.

Sure, including a pet in your ceremony or reception may take a little extra work and planning, but you’ll be pleased to have included your animal pal in the long run. To help you find the best way to include your dog, cat, horse, or any other animal you love, search Pinterest! There are dozens of creative examples of couples including their favourite pets into their wedding day that are sure to inspire you and bring a smile to your face.

Are you planning on having a pet at your wedding? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Happy planning!