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How to make your precious pet part of your wedding

Ally Hirschlag is a producer/actor/writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and buys way too many toys for her cats. She contributes to several publications, including Bustle, and The Nerve, and enjoys writing about all things woman. In her spar...

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

If you have a pet, chances are you consider it a member of the family. You see it all the time, say "I love you" to it on a regular basis and take care of it when it's sick.

In fact, the only other person who might rival the place it holds in your heart is your fiancé. To that end, it would only be right to want to share one of the most important days of your life with your furry buddy. Yes, sometimes involving pets in wedding plans can be hokey or problematic, but there are plenty of ways to avoid issues and create some seriously adorable moments.

Here are some super-cute and creative ways to incorporate your fluffy friends into your impending nuptials. And, yes, I intend to steal at least two of these for my own wedding.

1. Put them on your Save the Date

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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The signs are great on their own, but the hat and veil...oh, the hat and veil.

2. The perfect engagement photo accent

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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Or the star of your engagement photos. Sorry, this pup's just way cuter than your love.

3. Give your pup the job of ring bearer

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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Putting the rings on the side of his head like that means he probably won't eat them.

4. Make your cat a groomsman

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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The only trick will be keeping him from running off after cute bird wedding crashers.

5. Put your pet's picture on the seating card table

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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It's a great way to keep it involved without having it accidentally pee on the train of a dress.

6. Make a fun mock wedding video with them for the rehearsal dinner

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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Just be warned, they'll probably show you up by doing a better job than you do on the actual day.

7. Let them share your first dance

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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My cousin and her new husband held their giant bulldog between them as they danced, and it made for the cutest pictures, if not slightly slobbery.

8. Bring them out just for pictures

10 Cute ways to include your animal BFF in your wedding

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If you're nervous about having them in the actual ceremony, this is a great alternative that still allows you to share the moment with them.

9. Put them on your wedding cake

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Just a little gesture that says, "We ruff you guys."

10. Give them the best seat in the house

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If you have a bird that won't suddenly fly away, it would create a lovely picture to have it up there on a perch while you say your vows. Just make sure you aren't standing directly beneath said bird. Bird poop on the head may be good luck in Italy, but it would definitely put a damper on your wedding day.

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