Pets are guests at almost half of weddings, survey reveals

A survey commissioned by The Insurance Emporium revealed that pets feature as a guest in almost half of weddings in the UK.

Over 40% of those surveyed even said the pet had been the star turn of their wedding, with animals getting up to all sorts of entertaining capers.

Having a pet at a wedding did not come cheap, however, with an average of £276.74 being spent on the pet’s wedding outfit, food, accommodation and travel.

Almost half of the wedding pets had their own wedding outfit, and a quarter even went along to the honeymoon.

Dogs were man’s best friend when it came to the wedding pet of choice, with cats quite some way behind. Pigs, horses and snakes were all in the top 5 wedding pet guests too. On the more unusual end of the spectrum were ducks, monkeys, tortoises and iguanas.

Of those surveyed, 43% viewed the pet as the Guest of Honour and nearly a third said they saw their pet as Best Man and a quarter saw them as Bridesmaid. Significantly, almost a third said their pet did a better job than a human counterpart.

The Insurance Emporium’s Chief Executive Officer, Francis D Martin, said: “As a pet owner myself, I know that pets are like a member of the family. A wedding is one of the most special days in a person’s life, so it’s only natural that some people want their beloved pets to be there too – even if they can sometimes be a bit unpredictable.”