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Dog ring bearers, sloth cake toppers, zoo weddings, and kitty sidekicks — animals in all forms find their way into animal-themed weddings.

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These papier-mâché animal bouquets will make you weep with beastly joy

Narwhals, unicorns, lemurs, elephants, and woozles, oh my! These papier-mâché animal bouquets were made by artist and bride Mercedes from an upcoming wedding for which you’re going to go wild. Mercedes and her groom Justin had an “Embrace your inner creature” theme which spawned a whole lot of bestial, natural, and super gorgeous DIY decor. That includes these kick-ass animal bouquets of real and imaginary creatures.

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Can’t have your dog at your wedding? Cardboard cutouts to the rescue!

Chances are if you’ve got a pet and you’re reading Offbeat Bride, you’d really like to have them at your wedding. But sometimes Fido just isn’t cool with crowds, or maybe you’ll be the one who’s stressed, or you know your cat would just be bored. What if they had a cardboard cutout stand-in instead?

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Carly & Mike’s elephant-themed wedding at the museum

An elephant logo, elephant origami, and of course, an African Mammal museum backdrop: all perfect for this bride and her “elefante!” Add in their love of music and sports and the bride’s gorgeous princess dress, and you’ll be in animal-themed wedding heaven. And don’t forget to check out their cutie elephant cake topper and guitar guest book.

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Laura & Garrett’s budget- and kid-friendly wedding

Camels and zebras and children — oh my! There’s no better recipe for Southern fun than animals, kids, and balloons. Oh, and tons of pies WITH handmade recipe book favors. And a lollipop miracle at the ceremony. And a super sweet moment with the bride’s father during their father/daughter dance. And so much more. SO MUCH!

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A beach-and-boat-house Cape Cod wedding with a canine ring bearer

Amanda and Ilana were wed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the pair’s “wicked good” wedding day included roses, a furry ring bearer in the form of the couple’s dog, and a charming hand-painted wooden directions sign. The two traveled by golf cart from their intimate beachside ceremony to the paper lantern and twinkle light covered boat house reception spot, where they were greeted by guests and a tower of chocolate desserts. Remember how Megan thought this photographer’s work looked almost unreal? Wait until you see the final shot of the night — it’s a cinematic explosion of lens flare love!

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A Game of Thrones-inspired wedding with a dash of Star Wars, unicorns, and a pet guinea pig

Elise and Dick are big fans of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Battlestar Galactica. They wove their fandoms into a delightfully geeky tapestry, including decorating in Lannister red and yellow, hanging banners with iconography from the films and TV shows, and using blue and purple dragons as tabletop decor. Elise even donned a knee-length Lannister red wedding gown!