Update, Oct. 2, 2022 / Naperville was represented at the dog match-up, but the Guinness World Record remained unbroken during a pawsitively sunny day at the Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva.
All who participated in the Largest Dog Wedding Ceremony came to support two worthy causes while vendors showed their pet products and services.
Dogs were given the red carpet treatment with bowls of water all along the parade route. In the end, win or lose, the dogs were promised tastes from the tiered PetCake on display near the entrance to the ceremony.
For more information about exhibitor New Start Dog Rescue, CLICK HERE.
Update, Sept. 27, 2022 / “We are definitely leaving registration open all the way to Sunday morning when we will offer “Doggy Speed Dating” for those that register last minute. We need 179 doggy couples to break the Guinness World Record, but would like to 250 doggy couples so we can smash the record and insure it remains standing for another decade or two! WOOF~!” emailed Leslie Allison-Seei for Largest Dog Wedding at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva, 8AM to 2PM Sun., Oct. 2.
Update, Sept. 26, 2022 / Matt Baron from Diamonds in the Ruff just sent the following good news: “Over the last few days, organizers have decided to extend registration all the way up to the day of the event — for last-hour walk-ups” on Sun., Oct. 2, 2022. Advance registration is still available, but not necessary. Come one and all to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Dog Wedding Ceremony from 8AM to 2PM this Sunday! The event will benefit K9s for Warriors and participating animal charities.
Original Post, Sept. 24, 2022 / Naperville neighbors Deb Waite and Jen Dietz, both members of New Start Dog Rescue, invite dog owners to “walk your dog down the aisle and into history” on Sun., Oct. 2, 2022. That’s the date that’s been set for Diamonds in the Ruff to break the Guinness World Record of 178 dog “couples” getting hitched at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva.
Simply put, canine owners are welcome to sign up their dogs to participate, then the dogs and their owners show up and are matched up with another dog for the “puptials” ceremony, after which all dogs return home with their owners.
Promoted as “The Largest Dog Wedding Ceremony,” from 8AM to 2PM Sun., Oct. 2, the event welcomes up to 5,111 dog couples with a goal to raise $100,000 while breaking a Guinness World Record and saving the lives of rescue dogs and U.S. Veterans in the process.
Registration is $25 per dog. Thanks to generous sponsor support, every penny (That’s 100 percent!) of the registration fees will be donated to the participating animal charity groups with 50 percent going to K9s for Warriors and the remaining 50 percent being split between the other participating animal charity groups.
“Martin Rees, renowned magician and five-time Guinness record breaker will be the emcee,” emailed Dietz. “People Magazine will be there, and it will be live-streamed globally. We just need more people to register to wed their dogs so we can break the record and raise the much-needed monies for veterans and rescues.”
For complete details and a link to the brief entertaining video featuring Martin Rees, who aims to do his magic for K9s for Warriors and rescue dogs, visit www.largestdogwedding.com/About_Us.
An informative FAQ of the festivities is a click here.
Northwestern Medicine Field is located at 34W002 Cherry Lane in Geneva, IL.
Editor’s Note, Sept. 26, 2022 / Earlier references to advance registration deadlines have been deleted. Day-of-event registration is now OK on Sun., Oct. 2.