So you’ve decided to get married. Congratulations! Now, if you’re as tight with your pet as you are with your main squeeze, you have one more decision to make — how to involve your dog or cat 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 pet in one of the most important events of your life.

A Role for Your Pet in Your Wedding

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

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

Pet Theme and Wedding Photos

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

Some people ask that their guests bring donations of canned and dry pet 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 pet as you can, in a variety of poses. You may even want to pick up a dog- or cat-themed album to put them in.

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

Safety Considerations

If you’re going to have your pet on hand at the wedding, someone should be designated to handle and watch over him or her. It’s much easier to involve a dog in the actual ceremony, unless you have a very cooperative cat. If you do involve your cat, it may be best to have someone take her home before the reception so she can chill out and you won’t have to worry about her getting away or getting hurt.

Of course you’ll also want to be sure there’s plenty of clean water available for your pet at all times, and that he or she 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 #catweddings, or have a look around the web. There are some adorable pet pairings to behold.

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