Animal collective: meet the couples who had some Very Important Pets as wedding guests

These animal-loving couples took a walk on the wild side with their VIPs (Very Important Pets).


When Melita and Joe said ‘I do’ at Ingliston County Club in Bishopton, there was a last-minute addition to the guest list…

“I spent the night before my wedding in one of Ingliston’s beautiful lodges with my bridesmaids,” recalls bride Melita.

“On the same evening, the venue was having a wedding fayre and Wee Bob, the Shetland pony, was going to be there so we made a point of going to see him.”

Unable to resist the charms of Wee Bob, who can be booked exclusively for weddings taking place at Ingliston, Melita (after a few glasses of prosecco) booked the pint-sized pony to make an appearance on her big day.

“Wee Bob’s job was to make a grand entrance down the aisle in front of me. As he had to come up in the lift, nobody knew that he was even in the building, so when the doors opened, the whole place was in an uproar. My husband was in hysterics,” laughs Melita.

“I did say that I was having a low-key wedding but just couldn’t resist this little bit of fun. Wee Bob loved the day and got so much attention, mints and cuddles!”


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Amy and Teddy are both vets, so there was no question about involving their four-legged friends in their big day.

“Our dogs, Bree and Twig, are a huge part of our lives and the very first criteria when choosing our venue was that they had to accept the dogs as part of the wedding,” says Amy, who eventually found the right place in pet friendly Gleddoch Hotel, Langbank.

The couple’s beloved cocker spaniels acted as ring bearers, and they certainly looked the part. Amy’s mum made each pooch an elastic harness with a plush love heart, and the wedding rings were tied on top with ribbon.

“Just before the ring exchange during the ceremony, one of the groomsmen snuck out to get the dogs and walked them down the aisle, then the best man and bridesmaid each untied a ring and handed them to us in turn,” recalls Amy.

The doggy theme didn’t end there. Humanist Society Scotland celebrant Ross Wright carried out their hand-fasting ceremony using dog leads, and the animal-loving couple had dog breeds as their table names.

“The chance to have our ‘babies’ involved was such a nice touch – the day would not have been the same without them,” says Amy.


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When Karla and Keith got married at Raemoir House, the bride was delighted to see her mane man show up.

As a self-proclaimed ‘horsie girl’ since the age of four, Karla couldn’t have been happier to see her horse, Rosh, make an unexpected appearance at her wedding to Keith.

Following their ceremony with Humanist Society Scotland celebrant Angela Johnson, the bride couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw her surprise guest.

“Two of my friends spruced Rosh up and put beautiful pink flowers in his mane and tail prior to taking him out for the service,” says Karla.

“The best surprise was finding Rosh actually inside the hotel, waiting for me as we came back down the aisle! Having the other man in my life at my side on our big day was a dream come true.”

A love of animals runs in the family (the couple’s daughter Olivia is also horse mad), and Rosh isn’t the only pet – Karla and Keith also have two cocker spaniels who didn’t make it on to the guest list.

“We could have had them there too, but they’re cheeky and I’d trust my horse to behave over them!” laughs the bride.


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Ashley and Ian made their clifftop wedding at Log Cabin Ravensheugh even more memorable with their two new furry friends.

Ashley and Ian’s interest was piqued when they heard about Velvet Hall Alpacas, an alpaca farm in the Scottish Borders.

The couple decided to visit the farm before their wedding, where it was clear to see how loved and well looked after the alpacas are.

“The farm allows people to come, meet and even take the furry friends on one of their many daily treks,” says Ashley.

“Due to the calm and friendly nature of alpacas, owners Jean and Stuart work closely with children, the elderly and those with additional learning needs.”

On the big day, alpacas Pearson and Bendrago were guests of honour – and the happy couple’s friends and family enjoyed having the opportunity to hang out with them.

“The alpacas loved our guests and gravitated towards the older generation; they even offered up a kiss or two!” smiles Ashley.

Ashley and Ian were delighted with the unique touch that Bendrago and Pearson brought to proceedings, and the alpacas had lots of freedom to ensure they were comfortable all day.

“We were lucky enough to have a venue that offered plenty of grazing space for the alpacas to have a wander.”