Invite a Little “Something Wild” to Your Wedding

Have you considered adding a little something wild to your wedding day?  And, no, I’m not talking about your hyperactive nieces and nephews or your eccentric cousin’s latest hairstyle.

Some bold and creative couples actually bring wildlife to the party.  I’m talking camel rides, monkeys dancing down the aisle, and elephants marching through the streets of Beverly Hills. It’s been done, and it’s not as uncommon as you might think.   Kicking up your special day with the totally unexpected can be a big hit if executed well.

I once incorporated real live penguins into a “winter wonderland” wedding theme for my clients.  Imagine everyone’s  delight when the little tuxedoed guests greeted them at the reception. Pure joy.

Okay, okay. I know what you might be thinking. “Marley, that sounds fun and all, but wildlife at my wedding? Are you kidding me?”

Just hear me out.  You don’t exactly need to have tigers jumping through rings of fire to infuse your wedding day with a wink to your wild side.  Here are some slightly more tame ideas:


Consider hosting your ceremony or reception at a venue where your favorite animal kingdom friends are sure to feel right at home.  Popular venues include wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, aviaries, or aquariums.


If you are going to add a bit of wild flair to your attire, please don’t embarrass yourself in something over-the-top tacky or kitschy.  Wearing tasteful peacock feather hair accessories or slipping on a leopard print belt with your dress for the reception could do the trick.


This is probably the most common way to bring in the wild. Go for a tastefully done safari theme, a koi pond, exotic fish bowl centerpieces, or antique bird cages filled with a few feathered friends.

Special touches

If you love your pet, don’t hesitate to include him or her in the festivities.  Wishing for something whimsical and wild? Release butterflies or doves.  Are you an avid wildlife lover? Ask your guests to donate to the World Wildlife Fund or your favorite animal charity in lieu of gifts.


For a true walk on the wild side, book an African Safari, an Amazon River cruise through the rainforest, or a trip to the Galapagos. The possibilities are endless.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to head into the wild when it comes to planning your wedding. Many couples have gone before you. And they’ve come out safe and sound, and lived happily ever after.


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