Spring has sprung. With new buds blooming and baby birds chirping, love is in the air—even for the furriest of friends. No, not that funny old man in apartment 4C, but canines and kitties are finding amore as well. So, what is a doggie duo to do when they want to take puppy love to a level that is (somewhat) more serious?
Tie the knot, of course!
Planning the purrrfect mutt-rimony ceremony is simple, just follow MainStreet's guide to pet weddings:
It doesn’t matter if the groom needs to lift his paw to pee, he still needs some dapper duds. Check out PoochieHeaven.com for a surprisingly wide selection of formal dog wear, including a navy pinstripe tuxedo ($39.99), a white tuxedo (perfect until Labor Day, $39.99), and for the destination affair: A collared shirt with Hawaiian themed necktie ($27.99).
Larger brides and grooms don’t have to sacrifice style to find the right plus-sized attire. At Bowwowsbest.com, sizes go up to XXL (or 70 pounds). Provided she's wearing a flea collar, your bride will feel nothing but beautiful in a three-tiered satin wedding gown with hand sewn chiffon flowers and matching six-layered tulle veil ($99.95). If your bride opts for a wedding party¬—and not all brides do—then scoop up pink satin bridesmaids dresses ($49.95) that come with matching leashes (always useful in case the bridal party gets a little wild).
No wedding is complete without smashing a little cake in the bride’s muzzle. Order a customized three-tiered wedding cake from My Best Friend Pet Bakery in San Diego, Calif. Prices begin at $99, and a picture of the happy couple hand painted on the top tier is optional. (The bakery will ship anywhere in the country and all its ingredients are human grade.)
If you don’t want your Chihuahua getting tipsy on tequila, then stick to stocking the bar with four-legged friendly wine. Bark Vineyards offers several varieties, including Pinot Leasheo, Barkundy (a dark grape with a "great nose"), and Sauvingnon Bark – all an alcohol free blend of chicken broth, spices and vegetables ($19.99). Whine not! If your groom is more into suds, then order Bowser Beer, ($21.99) an alcohol free, low calorie mix of barley and beef that is sure to add some more hair to his chest.
Keep your celebration howling with games and activities. Tug-of-war and Frisbee are surefire ways to keep the party pumping. To really make a splash, entertain guests with a portable dog-friendly pool (prices start at $2,900) that’s tough enough to handle a wild reception once the fur starts flying. Just make sure the bride and groom know it’s a skinny dip to protect their fancy fashions.
It’s a family affair when the bride and groom still live with their parents. Luckily, there are several furry-friendly destinations where the entire family can go for some post-nuptial rest and relaxation. For the big budget barkers, the luxurious Loews Hotels (LTR) located in romantic locales like Montreal, Canada, Santa Monica, Calif., Miami Fl., and New York will all treat your pooch to the four star treatment that humans get. (There's even special doggie room service menu featuring grilled lamb and salmon.) If your pet wedding is on a tighter budget, try booking at The Holiday Inn (IHG) or a Best Western. Both chains are happy to host guests traveling on two and four legs. Consult BringFido.com or DogFriendly.com to find out the best vacation rentals, restaurants, cities, spas, campgrounds and beaches to bring your pooch. Congratulations!
(Note: As fun as the animal weddings can be, it should be noted that such unions are not legally binding, and that all "married" pets remain property of their respective owners, even if their little hearts now belong to their new beloved.)