Animals at Weddings | Pets at Weddingsby Ellen-Rose Brown
As a nation of animal lovers, it’s not hard to see why including your beloved pets or favourite animal as part of your wedding day celebration is becoming more popular. Take a look at our top ten unique wedding ideas that will help you make your wedding stand out and inspire you to include your pets in your special day.
Unique wedding owl ring bearers
Instead of following the traditional route of asking your family or friends, a unique wedding idea to include your beloved pet in your special day is to include them as the ring bearer for your wedding. Liz, the talented lady behind Wedition had her two pet chickens Blossom and Clucky as her ring bearers for her Farnham Castle, Surrey wedding!
You could attach a flower, bandana or even choose a collar that fits your wedding theme and colour scheme, so your pet really looks and feels like part of your wedding party!
At Wedition, we love unique wedding ideas that surprise your guests and keep everyone talking about your wedding day for years to come! CSR Falconry provides tailor made packages including birds of prey wedding ring delivery and meet and greet opportunities. Having an owl ring bearer adds a real touch of magic to your day. Create a sense of awe and wonder for your guests as a beautiful barn owl flies down the aisle to safely deliver your rings.
Fun owl fact: An owl can turn their head 270 degrees, to enable them to do this, they have 7 extra vertebrae in their necks. The owl’s eyes are so large, they take up half the room in their skull!
Real wedding ring bearer: “It was such a magical moment! It gave us goosebumps! Only a few of our guests knew about Luna so it was a great surprise for them! And I still think they are all talking about it now and how amazing it made the wedding day!” – CSR Falconry Customer Natalie D’Souza.
Photo credit: Jacqui Marie Photography
Say I do at a unique animal friendly wedding venue
If you and your partner are both avid animal lovers, the ideal unique wedding venue for you to exchange your vows at will include the possibility of up-close animal encounters for you and your guests. Make your wedding stand out for your guests at Merrist Wood, a unique wedding venue, that helps you create wedding day animal encounters and even encourages you to bring your family dog along to celebrate the day with you. Welcome an array of rabbits, guinea pigs, pygmy goats and even lambs as your VIP wedding day guests. The team at Merrist Wood will even organise for an animal petting area to be set up. This is a great way to entertain your younger guests and provides excellent opportunities for unique wedding photos. If you feel like being adventurous why not include meerkats or reptiles to help you create a wedding animal encounter with a difference!
Fun meerkat fact: Meerkats have excellent eyesight and peripheral vision which helps them spot predators from more than 300 m away. The dark patches around their eyes aren’t from lack of sleep! It enables them to cut glare from the sun and hot desert surface.
Real wedding animal encounters: Match your wedding theme to your animal encounter! Was your first date a trip to the zoo? Lots of zoos now act as unique wedding venues where you can even invite penguins to act as surprise guests of honour on your wedding day.
Invite unique wedding alpaca guests
If you are looking for a way to surprise your guests with wedding alpacas then you should invite Little Orchard Alpacas to attend your wedding day! Extremely sociable and inquisitive animals they are known to make cute humming noises in communication and make for very polite wedding guests - they will very rarely spit! Having Alpacas at your wedding is becoming an increasingly popular wedding trend as it certainly gets your guests talking and is a fun way to break the ice and provide entertainment whilst formal photos are being taken. Your guests can enjoy mini alpaca walks and you’ll have plenty of adorable photo opportunities to treasure from your special day.
Fun Alpaca Fact: Alpaca fleece, other than being one of the softest in the world, is hypo-allergenic, a fantastic insulator and in the UK, there are officially 22 recognised natural colours.
Real Wedding Alpaca Fact: the best time to welcome your unique wedding guest Alpacas is usually at the drinks reception as this acts as the perfect gap filler to entertain your guests. It’s also a great time for the happy couple to have their own alpaca walk and photos and enjoy some valuable quiet time together after the ceremony!
Photo credit: Jon Harper Photography
Unique wedding day exit with a confetti pony
After you’ve exchanged your vows, make your first walk with your spouse unforgettable by asking Jack Brock the confetti pony to scatter fresh petals around your venue. With an exceptionally kind nature Jack the miniature Shetland pony will be a great hit with your guests especially with the young and elderly. Arriving in secret at the wedding venue, the charming Jack will be waiting to surprise your guests and offer that much needed distraction to keep everyone entertained whilst you sneak off for those important wedding photo opportunities. With a stylish leather bridle and harness, Jack the confetti pony has wicker baskets decorated with cream silk flowers and filled with fresh rose petals, plucked from his own cottage garden.
Fun miniature shetland fact: A miniature Shetland pony stands at 34 inches high or less, although it is such a small horse the, miniature Shetland is unusually strong. Jack is just 28 inches tall!
Fun Jack Brock fact: Jack loves cake and is rather partial to a wedding canapé, especially pastry based canapés! A typical looking ‘Thelwell’ pony, Jack was a guest of honour at the wedding of Norman Thelwell’s niece!
Wedition hot tip: confetti is best thrown up high into the air rather than directly to the newlyweds, this ensures that the confetti will rain down on them rather than go straight into their faces!
Unique wedding finishing touches
- Animal themed wedding cake: delight your guests with a unique wedding cake that is truly a cut above the rest! The super talented cake designer Nina Rogers of Cakes by Nina creates wedding cakes that complement your special day perfectly. Linking into your animal wedding theme a unique wedding cake can reflect your love for animals, taste incredible and offer a stunning focal point for your wedding reception.
- Wedding glitter bar: a skilled make up artist such as Wedition Star Supplier CJ Beauty & Co. can provide a glitter bar in the evening and create beautiful creations such as butterflies or tigers on your guests faces.
- Colouring in for younger guests: it would be fun to provide animal themed activities such as colouring in to help beat boredom kicking in for your younger guests. We can include an activity page within your Wedition!
- Balloon models: another unique wedding idea for animal themed wedding entertainment would be to hire a professional balloon modeller who can make fun animal balloon models for your younger guests.
- Wedding temporary tattoo bar: Wedition Customer Choice Supplier Doris Loves provides a fun tattoo station, you could ask for your temporary tattoos to have an animal theme to them!
- Animal themed wedding favour: Wedition couples love dedicating articles to their special furry family members, Wedition couple Shelley and Pat included details about their pet degu’s Cookie and Crunchie. You could even use the opportunity to mention a charity close to your heart, Rhona and Mark featured a lovely article about the Guide Dogs for the Blind in their personalised wedding magazine.
Wedition Hop Tip: Use your Wedding cake as a centrepiece or focal point, don't hide it in a corner somewhere! Make it stand out through its simple elegance or its funky design which will capture your guests attention.
Animal themed unique wedding favour
Bring your wedding story to life for your guests and feature all the unique wedding finishing touches that make your day uniquely yours with Wedition, a personalised wedding favour. Incorporating your wedding theme and colour scheme you can include stories from your relationship, highlight fun facts about your special wedding animal guests and dedicate articles to your beloved pets.
Speak to Liz and book a Discovery Session to help create a cherished memento for your guests that ensures your unique wedding truly stands out.