Holy Mutt-rimony: How much would you pay for your dog's wedding?
Spring is here, and with new buds blooming and baby birds chirping, love is in the air and it's gone straight to the dogs. It's not that surprising when people are considering cloning their furry friends that there are tons of lavish ways to plan your pet's nuptials. Yes, we're in a recession and gas is over $4 a gallon. But why not blow some money on a taffeta bridal gown for your dog? Might sound ridiculous, but it's entirely possible.
If you're thinking of planning the perfect mutt-rimony ceremony, here are some options to consider:
It doesn't matter if the groom needs to lift his paw to pee, he still needs to look good. PoochieHeaven.com has 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). Your golden doodle 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 she 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.
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 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 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!