We here at Simply Eloped believe that eloping doesn’t have to be just you and your heart-throb; should you choose, we love it when our couples include their clan. Oftentimes that clan is made up of your parents, friends, extended family but more often than not it includes your fur babies! To learn more about eloping with pets, you can tune in to our IGTV Tip of the Week on the top five ways to include your pets into your elopement. Think of this as your stateside guide on which states you can incorporate your dog or cat into your wedding day – we’ll make sure our guide explains all that you need to know. Here, we will outline fun ways to include your pets by state. In the states we are set up in, we will list out venues that you can bring your dogs, cats or pot belly pigs! Scroll to the bottom for our top tips on where to purchase dog, cat and pigbelly outfits for your ceremony (c’mon, you know you want to).
Locations Your Fur Friend Can Act as Your Witness
What is cuter than your your dog or cat bearing witness to you marrying the love of your life? Some states in the US either require no witness or only require one legal witness and therefore that leaves room on your marriage license for your pet to sign as primary or secondary witness. Be sure to bring an ink pad so your pal can paw that license with confidence.
States that require no or one official witness:
Places Your Pet Can Be Your Officiant or Celebrant
There are some states throughout the US that allow you to self-solemnize (and therefore does not require you to have an officiant perform your ceremony), and therefore your pet can unofficially be your officiant! If you want to take this really far, dress your dog (or other furry loved one) up as a clergyman or The Pope. You may want to prepare your own vow exchange in addition as your pet may not have that much to say!
States That Allow Your Pet To Be an Officiant or Celebrant:
Simply Eloped Venues that Allow Furry Friends
Not all city or national parks allow pets, so we’ve broken down our venues by spots that do indeed allow them. Please note, this does not include all city or national park in the US that allow pets; just the ones that Simply Eloped currently provides should you choose to use our services. As long as your dog is on a leash, he or she will be allowed in these spots! Be sure to click through the venue for more information overall!
Daniel Ridge Falls|
Tom’s Creek Falls
Roaring Fork Falls
Skinny Dip Falls
Black Balsam Knob
Paint Rock Farms
Chimney Rock / Hickory Nut Falls
New York City
Best Online Places to Deck Out Your Paw Pals
Whether or not you include your furry friend in any wedding traditions, should you choose to invite them to your elopement at a minimum they should be dressed appropriately. Whether it’s just an accessory, like a bowtie or cuffs, or a full out dress or tux, here are our top recommendations for online places to outfit your adorable friend.
Amazon and Etsy also have great gear for your furry friend.
We hope that bringing your pets to your big day is a wedding trend that never changes! Don’t forget to check out our IGTV video on the top 5 ways to include your dog or cat in your elopement and stay tuned for our weekly Elopement Tip of the Week every Tuesday on IGTV.