34 Meaningful Ways to Honor a Pet at Your Wedding

pet inspired cocktail napkins
Photo: Hunter Ryan Photo

If you're a proud pet owner, you treat your animals like family. So, what better way to honor them than to include them in one of the happiest days of your life? While some couples choose to bring their pets along to the wedding as guests (some brides and grooms even go so far as to have them walk down the aisle!), others choose to incorporate their pets in other ways. Whichever route you go, know that there are so many ways to highlight your two- or four-legged friend on the big day.

Ahead, you'll find inspiration from real pet lovers' weddings. From tiny animal-inspired trinkets to pet-inspired wedding décor, there are countless ways to personalize your event with the help of your dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, or other pet. Take these cocktail napkins (designed by Lichen Ink), for example. Not only did they contain the names of the couple's signature drinks—which were named after their beloved dogs—but they also featured drawings of the pets, too.

If an illustration of your beloved pet doesn't feel like big enough of a way to honor them during the big day, that might be a sign you need to take the plunge and bring them along. Before you finalize your plans, be sure to check with your venue to see if there are any animal restrictions—and make sure your pet has everything he or she needs (including a diligent pet-sitter!) at the event. Keeping them comfortable will only make you appreciate their (well-behaved) presence even more. As any animal-loving couple knows, there's no better comfort than having your pet by your side.

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Dog Invitations

vintage invites with dog illustration
Caroline Logan Photography

Invitations lend themselves well to personalization. A picture of the couple's dog was brought to life in a beautiful vintage style on this suite by Amanda Day Rose.

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Cat Stickers

favors with cat stickers
Monica Valenzuela of Hart & Sol Photo

Decorate take-home bags with custom stickers featuring your pet's face. This bride got creative and made these stickers—which she used to elevate these sweet gifts—using My Sticker Face.

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Dog Koozie

dog koozie favors
A Bryan Photo

Koozies, complete with an illustration of your beloved pet, make for great favors that your guests will actually use. These blue versions were made by the graphic designers at Mariée Ami; the pros also included the couple's names on the other side for an added personal touch.

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Personal Menu

dog inspired signature drink
Jen Dillender Photography

Make like these newlyweds and offer more than one pet-inspired beverage. This unique menu was illustrated by Boarding School Collective. We're giving the couple bonus points for one drink's name, which featured an adorable play on words.

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Pet Pocket Square

dog pocket square
Krystal Zaskey Photography

If your dog can't make it to your big day, find another creative way to bring them with you down the aisle. This pocket square, complete with a cartoon of the couple's dog by Snapfish, will help your groom keep his best friend close.

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Horse Table Numbers

horse table number
Brandon Lata Photography

As a paradoxical homage to your larger furry friends—in this case, horses!—display mini animal busts as table numbers. A to Zinnias draped white blooms and eucalyptus over this horse head and marked the larger leaves with the respective table number.

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Pet Seating Chart

pet themed seating chart
Ellie Grace Photography

An easy way to incorporate more than one pet into your wedding? Use each furry friend as table numbers. Wildwood Paper designed this seating chart by drawing each dog on separate pieces of paper.

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Horse Escorts

bride and groom with horses
Brandon Kidd Photography

Make sure your pets are dressed to the nines for their walk down the aisle. This couple brought their two horses with them on their big day and dressed them in floral collars made by Olive Willow Designs.

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Signature Cocktail

cat inspired signature cocktail
Dana Cubbage Weddings

Create a signature drink in your pet's honor to serve up during your cocktail hour. This couple created "The Miss Kitty" for their sip of the day. Miss Design Berry then recreated a portrait of their cat on the drink menu.

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Cat Menu

cat menu and trinket
Let's Frolic Together

We're loving these graphic black-and-white cat menus. A gold feline figurine added a metallic contrast to the unique stationery.

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Doggie Bags

doggie bag with dog illustration
Molly Lo Photography

Take the phrase "doggie bag" literally, like this couple did. They DIYed these small paper favor bags with a picture of their dog on the front.

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Horse Trinket

horse place setting decor
Larissa Cleveland Photography

Embellish a place setting with a pet-inspired trinket à la this tiny white horse. The figurine not only added a feeling of elegance to this tabletop by Larissa Cleveland, but also acted as vintage favors for attendees.

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Cat Ring Holder

cat shaped ring holder
Let's Frolic Together

Keep your rings safe before your big day in a whimsical, cat-shaped holder.

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Horse Seal

horse wax seal stamp
Nicole Taylor Photography

Looking for a reason to interject your love of animals into your stationery design? Take a note from this couple who used a Backtozero's stamp to seal off their suites with a simple image of a horse.

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Illustrated Napkins

dog cocktail napkins
On Three Designs

Bring your pet's likeness to life in elegant gold foil to really show off how much they mean to you. These cocktail napkins by On Three Designs did just that (and came with a dog-inspired witty phrase!).

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horseshoe place setting decor
onelove photography

Not only do horseshoes symbolize luck, but they also perfectly represent an equestrian's passion for the animal. This couple placed rustic horseshoes on top of each of their place settings.

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Feline Guest

cat wedding guest
onelove photography

Bring your pet along on your big day just like this bride. It will make getting ready even more special.

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Painted Napkins

cat cocktail napkins
Rebecca Yale Photography

Note the clever phrases on these cocktail napkins by Janice Blair. The artist recreated the couple's pet cat on the napkins seen here.

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Card Holder

dog table number holder
Sara Bee Photography

While pets serve as great illustrations for your table numbers, they also look great holding them up, too. Just look to this gold card holder that the bride picked out for her special day.

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Doggie Drinks

dog-inspired signature cocktail sign
Clary Pfeiffer Photography

If you can't think of names for your custom brews, then just look to your pets. This couple created the "Stella" and the "Stanley" in honor of their two dogs.

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Dog Water Bottles

kaitlin jeremy rehearsal dinner personalized water bottles
Sylvie Gil Photography

Ensure your guests stay hydrated by passing around water bottle during your reception and ceremony. Bonus points if they have a picture of your furry friend on them.

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Cat Cake Topper

cat wedding cake topper
Iris and Light

Top your cake with something that represents both your love for each other and passion for your pets. The bakers at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn added this cat-friendly topper to this three-tier confection.

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Cat Table Number

cat table number
Milk Bottle Photography

Personalize your wedding with graphic table numbers depicting your favorite pet. This cat-loving duo created these themselves.

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Dog Photo

dog photo table number
Sarah Jayne Photography

As far as table numbers go, we think this is one of the most creative we've seen. The newlyweds took photos of their dog sporting each number and framed them.

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Cat Place Card

cat place cards
Kate Robinson Photography

Mark attendees' spots with a laser-cut silhouette of your feline friend.

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Pet-Inspired Swizzle Sticks

Acqua Photo

Embellish your signature drink by adding a pet-inspired swizzle stick. This couple gave a nod to their pup Maximillion with adorable drink stirrers that looked just like him.

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Pet-Patterned Menus

Allan Zepeda Photography

These menu cards by Katie Fischer Design feature illustraitions of this couple's pet cat.

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Pup Welcome Sign

wedding sign with dog
Anya Kernes Photography

Welcome your guests with your pup as a symbolic co-host. This couple had an illustration of their golden retriever wearing a dapper bow tie on their welcoming banner that read, "Welcome to my parents' wedding."

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Dog Cake Topper

the wedding cake
Mailys Fortune

Swap out that traditional cake topper with a miniature of your pup. A life-like figurine of this couple's labrador, Moose, topped their five-tier wedding cake made by Park Hotel Vitznau.

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Hot Drink Cups

hot chocolate station
Natalie Watson

Warm your guests' hearts (and hands!) with hot drink paper cups that feature a sweet illustration of your pup. This duo also offered cups emblazoned with their custom wedding crest; together, they served as a nod to their entire family (dog and human!).

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Throw Pillows

Christian Oth of Christian Oth Studio

Personalize the lounge spaces at your reception with custom throw pillows featuring your pet. This couple chose vintage woodcut illustrations, including one of a poodle that honored their dog, Mollie, printed on pillows by Spoonflower.

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Pet-Branded Bubble Tea

bubble tea with customized stickers
Lindley Battle

Delight your guests with bubble tea for an after-dinner treat. This couple also branded their to-go cups with their pups' faces.

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Wedding Favors

Sabine Scherer

Send guests off with memorable favors stamped with your dog's likeness. At this woodsy, Northern California wedding, a basket held hand-stamped, kraft paper bags filled with packets of redwood seedlings.

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Family Crest

Wedding Invitation
Kristyn Hogan

Modernize your family crest by including your pet. Tenn Hens created this couple's wedding invitations, which featured the groom's family crest updated with the couple's dog on top of the design.

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