We asked our readers to submit photos of their dogs, cats and even birds dressed in fancy wedding fashion. Here’s what they shared.
By Charanna Alexander and Danya Issawi
Inspired by Amanda Svachula’s article about wedding fashion for pets, we asked readers to submit images of their own pets dressed for their special day. Here is a selection of furry and feathery family members dressed in a range of fancy attire, from floral collars to extravagant tuxedos, top hats and even a custom sari from India.
1. Saved the Best for Last
There was no doubt that my pets had to be included in my wedding. I am so obsessed with them. I walked down the aisle first so that I would be on the stage to watch Toby and Rooby go down. They were the main focus and the reason I chose my amazing venue. There was no negotiating. The dogs had to be a huge part of my wedding. They’re my kids. Toby had a custom tuxedo made with gold buttons and velvet accents, which was modeled after the groom’s. Rooby’s dress was modeled after Sarah Jessica Parker’s outfit in the opening of “Sex and the City.” She had a blush silk top with a tulle skirt. They were made by Danielle Pursell of SewDoggyStyle. They also had custom sunglasses made by Susan Howard of Hayleys Hats. Rooby also had a custom hair bow made by Breathe and Bark. Both wore custom garlands and leashes from Amaryllis Floral and Event Design on nude rope collars and leashes.
Sarah Meashaw, Bethesda, Md.
2. Always the Bridesmaid
A day celebrating our love, would not have been the same without sharing it with our fur babies. Even though our wedding was canceled because of a hurricane, with less than 48 hours notice, we were able to pull through and have a smaller wedding. Our pups were able to stay with us through the entire reception. A family member made a dress for Zoe to match the dresses that my maid and matron of honor wore.
Melody Emerson, High Point, N.C.
3. Chaos at the Huppah
He’s our son. We couldn’t imagine our special day without him participating. He truly stole the show, especially when he peed on the huppah at the end of his strut down the aisle. Our florist made Wayland a custom collar to match the rest of our florals. We even had to measure his neck so that it would fit just right. We wanted him to have something unique that you couldn’t buy in a store.
4. Whisked Away by Whiskers
He will always be our first son and the first pet each of us had. We bought him a harness tuxedo on Etsy. That way he could stand up at the altar.
Danielle Rains-Walker, Austin, Tex.
5. A Top Hat for a Top Dog
He is our child, our baby and he’s been with me through everything. He adores his new permanent papa. He is wiser than the day is long. Our wedding was a Roaring ’20s and Gatsby theme. We ordered his tuxedo and gold bow tie from Chewy.com, his top hat from Amazon and his ring-bearer pillow from eBay.
Shae Steven Franklin, Denver
6. Let Your Ears Down
Because he is just as important to me, if not more, than the man I was marrying, Ernie wore a satin blue tuxedo with a velvet bow tie. It was a custom purchase on Etsy. Post ceremony, on the dance floor, Ernie loosened up and took off his jacket, sporting just his shirt underneath.
Victoria Lam, Los Angeles
7. 10 Years and Two Dogs Later
They are our family. My dachshund Lily had a message for all of us. She waited 10 years for us to finally get married. She wore a white linen and lace dress with a silk flower collar and matching leash. My Berner, Zoey, wore a silk flower collar with a matching leash, and she walked my husband down the aisle.
Allison Black Goldberg, Union Pier, Mich.
8. Custom With a Hint of Sparkle
Stella is a part of our family, so there was never a question about her being a part of our wedding. One of Stella’s friends from school has a mom who makes custom dog clothes, and I asked her if she could design a dress for Stella similar to my bridesmaids’ dresses. We did a FaceTime fitting, and she told me how exactly I should pin it. I also included a flower from my dress, and the result was incredible, with unexpected surprises like a glitter top hat with tiny little flowers and a beautiful leash to match. Stella looked incredible.
Devora Libin, New York
9. Finding Home Away From Hoboken
We moved to San Francisco from Hoboken, N.J., just two months after getting engaged. Upon moving, we knew we wanted to get a dog, and Bernie stole our hearts from the minute we met him. He quickly made the cross-country move for two East Coasters much easier and really is a part of our family. We couldn’t imagine our wedding day without him. We got married in New Jersey overlooking our favorite city, New York, with our family and friends. Having Bernie be a part of our day allowed us to incorporate our new home of San Francisco, and we couldn’t have pictured it any other way. Bernie’s tuxedo was from a local San Francisco pet shop. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was the perfect black and white classic tuxedo to complement his human father and the rest of the bridal party.
Elise Nest, San Francisco
10. Bow Ties for the Boys
Both Bruno and Barkley are our family, and it was only fitting that they would be the ring boys for us. Their outfits were incredibly simple: a burgundy bow tie to match the ones that male members of the wedding party wore.
Sophia Boccard, New York
11. Stylish Pup in Vintage Threads
Woodrow was our first dog. He moved with us from the University of Michigan to Alaska, back to Cornell University, and again to Alaska. He was an enthusiastic member of our early sled dog teams, a hobby we have kept up for 37 years. At our wedding, the rabbi would not allow Woodrow into the sanctuary, but he was allowed to attend the reception in the temple's social hall. Woodrow's checkered vest and bow tie were very stylish for 1983.
Susan Cantor and Jim Cantor, Chugiak, Alaska
12. A Four-legged Ring Bearer
I can't imagine a wedding day without Nala being a part of it. I actually messaged my husband first on OkCupid, and the first thing he asked was what type of a dog I had. Little did he know, it was two weeks until Nala would come to live with me. She has been there since the beginning of our relationship and is an important part of our lives together. We bought Nala’s suit off Etsy from Olivia's Doggie Designs. The suit was custom made for our pup. The color of her suit matches the groomsmen and her bow tie matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. We spent more time on the dog outfit than the actual wedding dress.
Mandy Menaker and Eric Winer, New York
13. What a Baloo
While we knew that Baloo would undoubtedly steal the show at our wedding. We also knew that our wedding day would not be complete without him there. Baloo was a groomsman, and he fulfilled the role completely. He helped the groom loosen up and relax before the ceremony by taking him for a walk around the park, providing an easy conversation starter with guests that arrived early, and most importantly, stood right by his side throughout the ceremony. Of course, the bridesmaid that walked him down the aisle knew that all eyes would be on Baloo and not her, but she was willing to make that sacrifice because Baloo is our pride and joy, and firstborn child. In fact, in honor of Baloo, we chose to donate to a bulldog rescue organization, the Philly Bully Team, in lieu of providing traditional wedding favors. Baloo is a short, stocky, dense American bulldog. While his legs are no more than seven inches in length, his build is that of a large bulldog. We knew that his tuxedo for the wedding needed to be custom made. Sean did some research and found an Etsy shop that had experience with pet outfits for weddings. He took out the measuring tape, sized up Baloo's weird-shape torso, and provided the measurements over to the designer. The tuxedo, designed to match the groom, was flawless. Everything fit perfectly.
Marissa Sudol and Sean Christie, Philadelphia
14. A Slim Jim in a Tutu
Slim Jim started our family by joining our pack when she was a puppy. She showed us that love is an infinite, unconditional gift. Slim Jim wore a custom tutu inspired by joy and festivity. The tutu was handmade by our friend’s young daughter, Jane Keenan.
Lorelei Narvaja Gauthier and Daniel Michael Gauthier, Philadelphia
15. The Life of the Party, in Spirit
A bridal party is supposed to be composed of your best friends, and Atticus is certainly a best friend to both of us. We call him our chaperone because he always likes to insert himself physically between the two of us and grumbles when we don't include him in hugs and kisses. Still, he's both friend and family to us and a huge part of our lives. We knew he had to be included in the wedding. But because being at the actual wedding would have been too exciting for Atticus, we went with a Build-a-Head cutout of his face from Buildahead.com. His cutout participated in photos and walked down the aisle on the arm of one of our bridesmaids.
Madeleine Minton and Jaret Glazer, Chicago
16. The Best Bird
Turtle is a big part of our lives, and since we had a destination wedding, she was coming with us. She was the most photogenic one of the group. Turtle is just donning her feathers. Her beautiful colors don’t need any additional outfit!
Jaime Altabet and Jeff Monheit, Forest Hills, N.Y.
17. The Chippendale Treatment
The boys are part of our family. Tasuki has been with me for 13 years and Bagel completed us when I moved back to the Bay Area to be with my future husband after a two-year stay in New Jersey. We could not imagine them not being a part of the biggest day of our lives. We looked at a lot of different options, but settled on these bow ties from Chewy.com. My husband liked the Chippendale look it gave them.
Edward Lim and Luana Lim, South San Francisco, Calif
18. A One-Pup Wedding Party
Before being with my husband, Bill, I’d never had a dog of my own. After being together nine years, and despite his vow not to subject himself to the pain of losing a dog again, Bill arranged for me to get LuLou. She has truly been the most loving gift of which I could ever be the custodian/recipient. She was the only member of our wedding party because she symbolizes the generosity and sacrifice that love requires every day. She wore a Martha Stewart checkered dress, purchased at Ross for its appropriateness for a late-August outdoor wedding ceremony. We wanted it to reflect a feeling of casual fun.
Bill Wersinger and Eugene Lara, Newark, Del.
19. The Perfect Combo
Honestly, having Combo in the wedding was never a question. It was an automatic detail that neither of us had to think about. Combo is a part of the family and the only logical place for her to be while we were getting married was at the ceremony. Combo was the star and “brand” of our wedding. Our hashtag was #perfectcombo, because she is perfect, of course. And because we are a perfect couple and a perfect combo. Combo's leash was custom made at LaVilla Dog Works, a shop in the bride's hometown, Johnstown, N.Y. The leash's fabric was the same fabric that was used for the napkins at each place setting. Her collar was made by the bride with faux flowers.
Marlaina Hunter and Dan Hunter, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
20. A Kilt for the Dog of Honor
Cooper Brownstone McIsaac is a rescue dog, who as a four-month-old puppy was found abandoned just outside Paris. He was taken in by the Society for the Protection of Animals and arrived the very same day we did to our local shelter, seeking a home, as we were seeking a puppy. Cooper was an obvious choice for the Dog of Honor role at our wedding. Since his adoption in January 2018, he has proved to be a tremendously clever, playful and loving companion. He is at the very center of our days and lives. As Paris is quite dog friendly, he accompanies us on shopping excursions, long strolls through scenic Paris and often joins us when we go out to eat. He even sleeps between us in our bed each night. Our nickname for him is “sweetness and light.” It was always obvious to us that we would include him in our wedding ceremony. We purchased Cooper's kilt on a trip to Edinburgh in May 2018, the day after we bought the groom's kilt. As the groom is Franco-Scottish, we thought doing a kilt wedding (and having a bag piper) would be a great way to pay homage to his roots.
Catherine Victoria Olien and Florent John McIsaac, Paris
21. A Sari for Coco
Coco is a part of the family, so she naturally was a part of the wedding. The morning of the wedding, she hung out with the bridesmaids for hair and makeup. During the ceremony, she walked down the aisle with the flower girls. Later in the day, she mingled with friends and family. Our wedding was a traditional Indian ceremony, so fittingly Coco, like the rest of the wedding party, wore traditional Indian attire. Her outfit was designed in India to match the bridesmaids’ saris. The dressmaker, Kiran of Bangalore, India, was a little surprised by the request for a dog-size sari, but did a wonderful job creating a custom piece for Coco. On her neck, Coco wore a peach garland to match the ones worn by her parents.
Savina Aneja and Shravan Kandula, Winter Park, Fla.
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