Villa Park calls all dogs with marriage in mind.
An attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “Greatest Dog Wedding Ceremony” is set for September 25 at 10 a.m. The meeting place is near the end of the Great Western Trail at Village Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood Ave.
The organizers of the event are Robust Promotions, based in Villa Park, and the Villa Park Community FUN (Focus on Unifying Neighbors) commission – formerly known as the Community Pride Commission, which was renamed at this week’s village board meeting. .
“It’s not just about Villa Park. It’s about all of DuPage and all of the surrounding areas,” FUN committee member Tracy Gabriel said at the meeting. “Anyone who has a dog.”
The current record holder for the largest dog wedding ceremony is Littleton, Colorado, where 178 canine pairs – a total of 356 dogs – met in 2007. An attempt by Illinois to break the record the following year in Oak Park attracted only 87 pairs of dogs.
FUN President Leslie Allison-Seei was a part of Oak Park’s failed effort, but felt the time had come to break the record.
“All we have to do is break it by one, but we’re going to go for 250 pairs of dogs,” Allison-Seei said. “So we need 500 dogs.”
Leslie Allison-Seei is the chair of the Villa Park Community FUN (Focus on Unifying Neighbors) commission, which aims to break the Guinness World Record for the largest dog wedding ceremony on September 25. She plans to bring her dog, Bentley, to the event, which is a fundraiser for animal rescue groups.
– Courtesy of Villa Park Community FUN Commission
The no-obligation dog wedding is part of a larger “Paws and Claws in the Park” animal adoption event, which runs until 2pm.
The $ 25 registration fee to participate goes to animal rescue groups participating in the event. Each dog will receive a “Doggy Do’s Wedding Gift Bag” and a personalized marriage certificate.
For such a light event, Guinness World Records has some serious guidelines before officially recognizing the record attempt.
For example, dog owners cannot put costumes on pets kept on a leash, lest the clothes hide outward signs of abuse or neglect.
Allison-Seei also said Dr Mary Felt of DuPage Animal Hospital will be the required vet at the event. Felt will inspect each dog before it enters the ring for the official count.
But some of the dumbest demands call for a red carpet to get every couple of dogs down. In addition, the famous wedding march from Wagner’s opera, “Lohengrin”, must be performed.
Allison-Seei is happy that many volunteers have pledged their support. Still, she said, many more, like dog walkers to be stewards for 50 dogs, are needed.
“Every September, the commission hosts a dog adoption event,” Allison-Seei said. “So we have decided to increase it this year.”
For the list of guidelines and more information, visit pawsandclawsvp.com.