You deserve to celebrate with all your loved ones at your New Orleans destination wedding. And for pet-lovers, that means including your furriest friend on your special day!

Adding a role for your four-legged family member shouldn’t be an added stress to your ceremony. With a little bit of planning, your pet can be an unforgettable part of your celebration. Here are a few inspirational ideas for incorporating your pets into your New Orleans wedding! Incorporating Pets into your New Orleans Wedding

Engagement Photos

Every pet owner knows that pictures are better with pets. And your engagement photos are the perfect way to include your furry loved ones in your special celebration!

Whether they’re dressed up for the occasion or snuggled in between you your spouse-to-be, your pet can add a personal touch to your joyful portrait. And they make engagement announcements and save-the-date cards extra special!

Pro Pet Tip: Adding pets to this pre-ceremony event is beneficial if your furry friend wouldn’t be comfortable participating on your wedding day. If your pet’s temperament isn’t ideal for crowds or new environments, an engagement photo is a perfect way to include them in the festivities!

Bridesmaid or Groomsmen

Having your pet walk down the aisle with your bridesmaids or groomsmen is a great way to make your big day special. After all, furry companions are part of the family!

With a well-trained sociability and a familiar face holding the leash, your pet can join your nearest and dearest and heel at their side as you say I do!

Pro Pet Tip: Make sure you are aware of your venue’s pet policies and confirm that they allow pets. It’s also a good idea to inform your wedding party of your pet’s role in the ceremony to make sure there are no allergic reactions or comfort issues.

Ring Bearer

Presenting the ring to the bride or groom-to-be is an important task. It’s a joyful and meaningful part of your ceremony - and for many couples, their loyal and lovable pet is the obvious choice for the job.

Some pets can handle the responsibility of escorting the rings on their own, while some may benefit from the help of a leash and chaperone to guide them. Either way, a ring-bearing pet is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face in your wedding party!

Pro Tip: If your pet is playing an active role in the ceremony, make sure that you include them in the rehearsal. Familiarizing them with the environment and their part to play will put them at ease on the big day and help ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Flower Girl

The job of flower girl is definitely on the list of pet-friendly roles for your New Orleans wedding. And it makes for a picture-perfect wedding moment!

While it may be tough to train your pet to toss flower petals like a traditional flower girl, you can incorporate them into the ceremony in fun and creative ways. Have them carry a basket with pedals while their chaperone does the tossing or adorn their harness and leash with woven flowers!

Pro Tip: If your pet is participating in your wedding day celebration, check your bouquet and flowers to make sure none are toxic to your pet. The same goes for all the decorations at your wedding ceremony!

These are just a few ideas for incorporating your pets into your New Orleans wedding. And with our New Orleans Wedding Tools, you can make every aspect of your New Orleans destination wedding an unforgettable event. Be sure to take advantage of our Complimentary Wedding Planning Assistance for an effortless, stress-free planning process! 

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