So you’ve decided to get married. Congratulations! Now, if you’re as tight with your dog as you are with your main squeeze, you have one more decision to make — how to involve your dog in your wedding.

The good news is, there’s no right or wrong way. It’s your special day, so it’s up to you. Check out our ideas for how to involve your dog in one of the most important events of your life.

A Role for Your Dog in Your Wedding

There are many roles your dog can play in your wedding, from ring bearer to flower girl escort to sign holder. You may want him by your side during the vows, or one of you could even carry your dog down the aisle instead of a bouquet. Just be sure to have something else on hand to throw later!

Your dog could help you propose or be the centerpiece of your “save the date” announcements. And if you want to take your dog on your honeymoon, no problem! The number of dog-friendly accommodations just keeps growing.

Dog Theme and Wedding Photos

If you’d like to have a dog-themed wedding, decorative dog-related items like dog biscuits and dog toys can help. You could even put paw prints on the place cards. Dog puns on the invitations, songs at the reception with barking in them — there are so many ways to go.

Some people ask that their guests bring donations of canned and dry dog food — or make a donation to their favorite shelter or rescue organization — instead of bringing expensive gifts. If you go this route, make sure your guests know well ahead of time.

With all the effort you put into having the perfect wedding, you’ll want to preserve all the memories. Make sure to get as many photos of you, your sweetie, and your dog as you can, in a variety of poses. You may even want to pick up a dog-themed album to put them in.  

If you’re having a dog-themed wedding but keeping your dog at home, your photographer can take your picture with your dog at home ahead of time.

Safety Considerations

If you’re going to have your dog on hand at the wedding, someone should be designated to handle and watch over him.

Of course you’ll also want to be sure there’s plenty of clean water available for your dog at all times, and that he is able to take regular potty breaks.

Dog Weddings and Cat Weddings

On a side note, as you may have heard, pet weddings — where humans officiate a wedding between two pets — are officially a thing. We should say they’re still a thing, as they’ve been going on for hundreds of years. Sometimes owners want to celebrate the pawesome relationships between their pets, and sometimes breeders arrange marriages to celebrate successful pairings.

Don’t believe us? Take a look on Instagram under #dogweddings, or have a look around the web. There are some adorable pet pairings to behold.

However you decide to involve your dog in your wedding, we hope your special day will be that much more special with all the extra unconditional love your dog will bring.