By Theresa Malloy What bride wouldn’t drool over a lavish New York wedding costing almost $160,000? Well, this bride couldn’t really help the drooling. Baby Hope Diamond strutted down the aisle in her couture gown meeting her groom Chilly Pasternak at the altar. It’s not clear if rings were exchanged, but it would be pretty hard to slip them on one of these paws. Yes, this was a doggie wedding. Before you gasp in horror, the event was a fundraiser for the New York Humane Society. The newlyweds tied the knot (don’t think too literally) earlier this month at the Jumeriah Essex House Hotel at Central Park. The officiator was the infamously hilarious Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The black-tie event earned the Guinness Record for the most expensive pet wedding, even with the luxury goods and services donated. Guests purchased tickets to attend. The pet industry in the United States is thriving. The American Pet Products Association estimate we’ll spend $52.87 billion on our pets in 2012. While most of this covers basic living and health expenses, an estimated $4.11 billion will be spent on grooming and boarding compared to $3.79 billion in 2011.
The APPA notes that more human products and services are becoming pet-oriented, including Omaha Steaks, Origins, and Old Navy. And your pooch can even be more fashionable doting designer plaid jackets, faux mink coats, and jeweled collars. So will the doggies take over the wedding industry next? Will Twin Cities pet-lovers start walking their pets down the aisle and handing them off to another . . . animal? Several local luxury pet insiders haven’t heard of this trend in Minnesota . . . yet. Right now, birthday parties are more common. Pets and Minnesota weddings usually means stepping in as the “flower dog.” Lulu & Luigi, a local pet retailer, has bow ties and collars for weddings. Google can help you track down veils and gowns for the pretty pooches. So what do you think brides? Will you include your pet in your big day?