How to Include Your Cat in Your Wedding

Incorporating your pet into your wedding is certainly not a new trend, and given their temperament, dogs are more often considered. But, what about our feline friends? While cats are admittedly a bit trickier to physically include, there is a wealth of ways in which you can honor them on your special day.

cat and bride
Photo: Karena Dixon Photography

Depending on your and your cat’s comfort levels, you have some options. Wedding experts share their best practices — whether you want to bring them out and be part of your celebration or pay homage to them in spirit!

"Include your cat in your engagement session photos! If you have part of your engagement session shot in your home so kitty is comfortable, you can have some engagement photos of you snuggling up with your cat. You can use engagement photos taken with your cat for your save-the-dates. That way, kitty gets showcased as part of the festivities without leaving the comfort of home." —Stacie Marshall, Marshall Arts Photography

"Plan extensively for the big day. Designate a person or hire a service to be in charge of your kitty and plan where your cat will be at all times during your wedding. If you cannot afford to hire a service, your "cat person" should always have your cat's favorite treats, a toy, a small bed, and a carrier nearby. Decide the exact time your cat will be there, whether only during the ceremony or the party. A shorter period of time is best. Make sure this person can also pick up your cat and bring him home (or to a nearby hotel) at specific times, or find a second person to do this." —Monica Garcia, Story Alley Photography

"Include your cat in your getting-ready moments. We've seen plenty of couples have their cat with them while they get dressed. If your cat is willing, you can get some nice shots with them before you head out the door." —Megan Breukelman, Megan & Kenneth

"If your cat does well with crowds and being leashed, you can have them walk down the aisle as the ring bearer. This will allow them to have their time to shine and have the easy task of delivering the rings. Understand your animal and their personality. If they don't do well with crowds, maybe including them physically at your wedding could have adverse effects on them and your guests." —Colton Simmons, Colton Simmons Photography

cat in wedding
Photo: Karena Dixon Photography

"Consider wrapping your vows around your cat's collar for a touch. This adds a sentimental touch to the ceremony, signifying your pet's presence in your union. Ensure the collar is secure and comfy for your companion to wear during the celebration." —Maria Romano, True Love Knots

"We have had several events recently that wanted to incorporate their feline friends. Our best suggestion is to get cardboard cutouts of the kitties. They can then be part of your photo booth props and usually find their way onto the dance floor." —Dominic Fournier, The Wedding Duo

"One of my favorite simple ways to include your cats is to feature them in your signage — drawings of your cats are a wonderful, personal addition to your programs, guest book, bar signs, cocktail napkins, or even your invitation suite (for example, address labels with your cat included would be the cutest!). Couples can also incorporate their cats into their attire! Their cat can be embroidered into a dress or suit lining, pocket square, or veil to keep them close the whole day." —Kate Hickey, Sunshower Weddings

cat wedding stationery
Photo: Momental Designs

"As cat lovers, in lieu of favors, couples can consider making a donation to a local animal shelter or rescue. A lovely little note at each table with an illustration or photo of their kitty can let the guests know about the contribution." —Kelley Nudo, Momental Designs

Even if you don’t plan to bring your cat out of their comfort zone to be present, there are so many ways to make sure that they have a spotlight at your wedding!

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.