pets at weddings

A new survey has revealed a rise in pets at weddings

As Royal Wedding fever sweeps across the UK, new research has revealed that 4 in 10 pet owners would want their pet at their wedding.

A survey of UK pet owners* commissioned by raw and natural pet-food experts Natures Menu, has found that almost half of pet lovers (40%) would have their four-legged friend play a part in their special day.

Of the traditional wedding roles, official ring bearer is the most popular part of the official proceedings that pet owners would give to their pet (22%).

This was followed by their appearance in the official wedding photographs (20%), engagement photos and save the date (11%) and even 11% said they would have their pet as a bridesmaid.

Five per cent of pet owners said that they would have their pet as their best man or as one of their groomsman on their big day.

The survey revealed that the younger generation are more inclined to want their pet at their future wedding, with 58% of 18-24 year olds saying they couldn’t imagine their big say without them.

The top reasons for couple to consider having their pets at their wedding include:

  1. Pets are a key member of our family, so they have to be there (56%)
  2. My pet will keep guests happy (44%)
  3. I would miss them too much if they weren’t there (31%)
  4. My pet would look great all dressed up (17%)
  5. They’d certainly make the photographs more interesting (17%)

Claire Miller, Head Vet at Natures Menu, said: “It’s no surprise that so many people would consider having their four-legged friend attend their wedding day and even give them a role to play.

“Pets are no longer just pets and are now considered an integral part of the family. Having an animal around the house has become a common part of many cultures and our bond with our furry-friends has grown over the years. We love them just as much as humans and it is important that we provide out pets with a good, healthy diet that provides them with all the nutrients that they need to thrive.”

Natures Menu pet food is packed with real, human grade meat and perfectly balanced to meet your pet’s nutritional needs. Its vet approved complete meals are free of added sugars and flavour enhancers and contain absolutely no fillers, meat meals or meat derivatives.

*Research by the Leadership Factor conducted in April 2018 with over 1,000 UK pet owners.