Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

You Want Who in Your Wedding?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

You Want Who in Your Wedding?

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THIS IS A serious letter from a woman with serious concerns. "My daughter is getting married to a lovely man," the writer explains. "We are giving her the kind of wedding we've dreamed of giving her ever since she was a little girl. She's having four bridesmaids and her sister as maid of honor."

That's not the problem. The problem is that the fiance's mother has two dogs she is positively obsessive about. Both dogs - golden cocker spaniels - have doggie tuxedos. She wants to walk them down the aisle when she walks into the church to her seat. She insists they are well-behaved and should stay for the reception.

"The reception is at my sister's house," says the mother of the bride. "I know she doesn't want two dogs running around when she's got 80 people for dinner."

The woman gave her daughter an emphatic "NO" at first. But the daughter explained that her future mother-in-law would be heartbroken. The dogs are very real members of her family.

I called the letter writer immediately to make sure this wasn't a joke. I was assured that it wasn't.

"The mother of the groom is a woman who gives her dog a birthday party every year where all the other animals are expected to come in party outfits," she explained. "This year, she gave the dogs a Halloween party where the other dogs were expected to come in costumes.

"The hostess dressed up. She came as a Dalmatian. Her dogs have better wardrobes than I do. She bought the spaniels tuxedos as soon as doggie tuxedos came on the market.

"She is very serious about those dogs' walking down the aisle with her. She thinks it will be adorable."

The minister will talk to the woman. There is a rule about animals in the church.

But he points out that some churches do allow animals because members insist that they come for special occasions.

Sammie Little, who makes bridal and bridesmaid gowns, says she knows of several dogs that have been included in wedding parties. …

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