In order to make their wedding ceremony personal, many brides and grooms will ask close friends and relatives to participate in it. And when determining who will make up the list of ceremony VIPs, a pet will often make the final cut. As members of your bridal party, pets in your wedding should be decked out in stylish wedding attire. (Carrie Underwood’s pup wore a pink tuxedo to her 2010 wedding.) Here are some looks you may want to dress up your pet in for your big day:

When shopping for your pet, remember to keep your wedding’s formality, theme and color palette in mind. Just like your bridesmaids and groomsmen, your pet’s attire should coordinate with the look and feel of the day. has a complete line of wedding attire for dogs including ties, bow ties and bow tie bib or vest sets. Browse the pet-fashion site to find the right formality and look.

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Shown left to right: Purple Plaid Bow Tie & Collar, White Tuxedo Bib & Black Bow Tie, Glen Plaid Necktie & Collar, Black Satin Tuxedo Vest & Black Bow Tie. Pricing depends on both style and size.

Planning on having your pup act as ring bearer? Make sure the pillow is tied securely so it won’t roll to the dog’s side or under his mouth. And just as you would with a child acting as ring bearer, put fake rings on the pillow and leave the real ones with the friend of honor.


On left: For something a bit frilly order this white ring pillow with an organza ruffle. This design also comes with 25 inches of white satin ribbon (1.5-inch width) and two Velcro dots so you can easily dress and undress your dog. Available in small and large sizes. $15, On right: This 4-inch white pillow with black ribbon bow comes with a detachable leash so you won’t have to worry about Fido running off during your processional, ceremony or recessional. $18,


Adding your cat to the processional lineup?  Dress her up in a stylish collar for a regal look.

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Shown left: The Diamond & White Velvet Rhinestone Cat Collar features three rows of diamond rhinestones set in sterling silver and mounted on a white velvet collar. This design also includes a removable diamond crystal heart collar charm. $45.95, Shown right: For couples planning a more colorful wedding palette, you can order a bedazzled collar in a range of colors. The Lavender Lights Rhinestone design has two rows of aurora borealis glass rhinestones set in sterling silver on a lavender nylon cat collar. $45,95, 

If you’re looking for a pretty accessory that’s not too formal and maybe a little more DIY-style, TheUglyBone’s shop on Etsy sells a variety of pet collar accessories. The accessory simply slides on over your pets’ existing collar. The one shown here is made from pink satin ribbon and features a 1-inch crystal heart with two vintage white pearls. $13,


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 top photo: Freire Wedding Photography


Anne Chertoff is the cofounder of Twirl Weddings magazine. For over 15 years, Anne has been writing and producing wedding planning and style content for wedding magazines, websites, blogs and brands. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she was hired as an Editorial Assistant at Martha Stewart Weddings, and soon after named the magazine’s first Real Weddings Editor. She has held editorial positions at BRIDES and New York magazine’s Weddings issue, and has written for Huffington Post Weddings, Yahoo! Style, The New York Post’s Alexa insert and Glamour. In addition to editorial work, Anne creates bridal-themed content for Vera Wang and the Four Seasons. She has been quoted as a wedding expert in various media outlets including The New York Times, the TODAY Show, FOX News, WEtv, WCBS in New York, Newsday and the Daily News. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and kids. Her favorite wedding detail? The cake because it’s both pretty and so yummy!