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10 Fast Food-Themed "I Do"s

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No matter how much you love Big Macs or Java Chip Frappuccinos, there’s someone out there who loves them more—a lot more. Check out these 10 quick-eating establishments that have played a big part in fan weddings.

1. WHITE CASTLE

Not one, but three couples deemed a White Castle their wedding venue of choice on Valentine’s Day in 2008. A flower girl threw salt and pepper packets instead of rose petals, and the grooms all wore employee name tags. The joint ceremony, which was broadcast on a local radio station, was held at a Columbus, Ohio, White Castle (also the home of the restaurant’s headquarters). The Ohio wedding was just one of the many White Castle-based ceremonies across the country that have occurred over the years: In 2013, Carla Parris and Bob Watson of Illinois also tied the knot at their local White Castle, paying homage to the fact that Parris’ parents met there. Others have walked down the aisle at the fast-food chain in Kentucky and New Jersey.

2. BURGER KING

With the last names “Burger” and “King,” this Illinois couple pretty much had to incorporate the burger joint into their nuptials—especially since the chain was footing the bill. When Joel Burger and Ashley King got married in July 2015, they fully embraced the coincidental juxtaposition of their surnames: The wedding party donned Burger King crowns for pictures, the groomsmen wore burger-themed socks and cufflinks, and koozies and mason jars adorned with logos decorated the tables at the reception.

3. MCDONALD’S

Every good fair has a giant slide, and the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is no exception. The Big E’s slide is sponsored by McDonald’s, so when Mary Anne Purdy and John Romani decided to tie the knot at the top of the slide in September, it only made sense that Ronald himself would make an appearance. And more McD’s weddings may be on the horizon—the company now offers wedding packages in Hong Kong.

4. KFC

Dr. Joanne Choo of Sydney, Australia, met her future husband at their church’s youth group. The crew would regularly watch cricket and go out for KFC. As a result, Choo began collecting the brand’s chicken buckets—so when they eventually got engaged, she thought they would make a perfect addition to the photos commemorating the occasion. The couple also ate KFC between the wedding and the reception, and later served the Colonel’s chicken at the baby shower for their first child.

5. TACO BELL

Paul and Caragh Brooks exchanged their vows at a Taco Bell in 2010. The couple from Normal, Illinois, frequented their local establishment so much that they decided it would be the perfect venue to get married. They decorated the restaurant with streamers, balloons, and hot sauce packets that said “Will you marry me?” and sat in a booth while a friend performed the ceremony.

6. PIZZA HUT

Julie Hansford and Paul Young went to Pizza Hut for their first date, so when they got married 14 years later, they opted to hold their reception at the exact same restaurant in Salisbury in the UK. The happy couple served their 80 guests deep dish pizza and a pizza-shaped cake topped with a pepperoni heart. 

7. STARBUCKS

DeAnna Dodson and Jordan Senz of Beloit, Wisconsin, were determined to say "I do" on New Year's Eve, which made locking down a venue for the holiday a challenge—until they decided on a location bound to be open: their local Starbucks. But they're not the only pair to pursue happily ever after at the coffee chain. Holding weddings at the popular cafe is something of a trend, even spawning the hashtag “#StarbucksWedding. Still, Dodson and Senz win the award for punniest vows, with Senz promising his wife “to love you a latte” and “macchiato an honest woman out of you.” They bought the Reverend a caramel Frappuccino after the ceremony and toasted the nuptials with their own morning standards: a Caramel Macciato for the bride and a Grande Caffé Misto for the groom.

8. DUNKIN’ DONUTS

If you prefer the coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts to Pike Place Roast, don’t worry—there’s a wedding for you, too. In 2012, Cliff Ranson and Elizabeth Fischer exchanged vows at a Dunkin’ in Sicklerville, New Jersey. They had a bigger ceremony at a later date, where they sprinkled a little Dunkin’ love by having a doughnut tower instead of a traditional cake.

9. TIM HORTONS

And for the Canadians scoffing at the very idea of Dunkin’ Donuts, of course there’s a Tim Hortons wedding. The bride and groom wore rival hockey jerseys, served Timbits to their guests, and handed out hockey pucks emblazoned with their wedding date and the phrase, “The puck dropped.”

10. WAFFLE HOUSE

To complete our breakfast-themed nuptials, we have a Waffle House wedding. Floridians Summer Buckles and Ken Foote exchanged vows at a Gainesville eatery in 2014 for no particular reason—Waffle House holds no significance for either one of them. “We wanted to do something fun and just a little different,” Buckles explained. Confused? So were the couple’s friends and family, who wondered what to wear to the ceremony. “I was like, ‘Ya’ll, it’s Waffle House,’” Buckles said.

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From the characters in Fight Club to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, popular culture is filled with "split" personalities. These dramatic figures might be entertaining, but they're rarely (if ever) scientifically accurate, SciShow Psych's Hank Green explains in the channel's latest video. Most representations contribute to a collective misunderstanding of dissociative identity disorder, or DID, which was once known as multiple personality disorder.

Experts often disagree about DID's diagnostic criteria, what causes it, and in some cases, whether it exists at all. Many, however, agree that people with DID don't have multiple figures living inside their heads, all clamoring to take over their body at a moment's notice. Those with DID do have fragmented personalities, which can cause lapses of memory, psychological distress, and impaired daily function, among other side effects.

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Lavishing your furry friends with adorable attire is a benefit of pet ownership that they don't mention on the adoption forms. Whether you prefer practical clothing like sweaters and jackets or statement pieces like bow ties and tutus, these dapper duds are perfect for a howl-iday or "gotcha day" gift, or simply for saying, "Who's the cutest little pupper in pajamas? You are!"

1. CASHMERE DOG SWEATER; FROM $165

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This classic cable-knit cashmere sweater is a sophisticated look for Fido or Finn. Get it from Canine Styles, a luxury dog emporium in New York City that has plenty of posh and preppy outfits.

Find It: Canine Styles

2. TOGGLE DOG COAT; $85

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This toggle coat (available in orange, navy, and tan) is as fashionable as it is warm. Made of Melton wool, it has Velcro closures to make getting dressed easy. It's great for long walks in the country.

Find It: Canine Styles

3. DOG TUXEDO; FROM $90

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This satin tuxedo is perfect for the canine members of your wedding party, though it will brighten up any other occasion as well. The custom, handmade outfit comes complete with a snappy bow tie.

Find It: Etsy

4. DOG BELLE DRESS; FROM $45

Dog Belle Dress
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The queen of your castle can feel like a Disney princess in her very own version of Belle's iconic yellow dress from Beauty and the Beast. This ball gown is made from yellow crepe satin with chiffon overlay on the bodice and features hand-painted gold detailing on the skirt. Enchanted rose not included.

Find It: Etsy

5. POODLE SKIRT OUTFIT FOR DOGS; $26

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What if you could buy a 1950s poodle skirt for your poodle? This retro dress is comprised of a pink poodle skirt, striped bodice, and sequined belt, and comes with a bow headband.

Find It: Amazon

6. RIBBED CROCHET BUNNY SWEATER; $25

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Your snuggle-bunny will look like a little fancy-pants in this ribbed crochet sweater. Choose from seven colors, including this dashing deep red.

Find It: Etsy

7. BESPOKE MONOGRAM DOG SWEATER; FROM $155

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Bespoke clothing isn't just for humans: British luxury dog clothing brand Ruby Rufus will make your pooch a custom monogram sweater made with 100 percent Italian cashmere. You can even order it in your dog's favorite color.

Find It: Ruby Rufus

8. HOT PINK DOG TUTU; $17

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Tutus look absolutely adorable on tiny humans and animals alike. If your pooch wants to get in touch with its inner ballerina, then grab this hot pink number from Etsy. Rave reviews are a sure thing.

Find It: Etsy

9. PINK DOG POLO SHIRT; $35

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This pink polo shirt is perfect for your preppy fur baby. It features not one but a veritable multitude of crocodiles. They'll be the most dapper dog at the country club.

Find It: Canine Styles

10. DOG BARN COAT WITH BROWN CORDUROY COLLAR; $85

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When it's time for a walk, your dog will look effortlessly chic in this fancy barn coat. It comes in navy, cranberry, orange, hot pink, and loden and features convenient pockets for anyone with opposable thumbs.

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11. WHITE PET NECK RUFF; $26

Pet Neck Ruff
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Your canine or kitty will look like their painting belongs in London's National Portrait Gallery with this Elizabethan neck ruff.

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12. CHICKEN SWEATER; $25

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Chickens can get cold when they're strutting around outside. A sweater (well, more like sweater vest) for your bird can also help prevent feather picking during molting season. Or, it can simply keep them warm while they stare pensively across a snowy landscape.

Find It: Etsy

13. PET CIRCLE SCARF; $15

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An infinity scarf is a perfect burst of color on a dreary early morning walk. The proprietor of Mitten Made on Etsy originally designed this wool snood for her miniature Dachshund to help keep her warm during the long, cold winters in Michigan.

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14. FAB DOG TRAVEL RAINCOAT; FROM $18

Fab Dog Travel Raincoat
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This timeless yellow rain slicker will look great on any puppy when it's raining cats and dogs. It's made of 100 percent waterproof nylon shell that keeps fur dry. Bonus: It's perfect for an It Halloween costume.

Find It: Chewy

15. LACE CAT OR DOG COLLAR; FROM $10

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This handmade, white lace collar is a must-have for fancy felines. It's also embellished with a large rhinestone.

Find It: Etsy

16. FITWARM PENGUIN PAJAMAS FOR DOGS; FROM $10

Fitwarm Cute Penguin Xmas Dog Pajamas
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Keep your pupper warm on cold winter nights with these penguin PJs. They're great for doggie sleepovers or lazy weekends on the couch watching Netflix.

Find It: Amazon

17. PLAID CASHMERE DOG COAT; FROM $225

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Canine Styles

Your dog will look like a proper gentleman in this smart plaid peacoat. This fine garment is made of cashmere with a faux fur lining and leather buttons, and is a perfect shield against chill and fog.

Find It: Canine Styles

18. SATIN PET BOW TIE; FROM $8

Satin Bow Tie for Dog
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This satin doggie bow tie is perfect for any occasion. It comes in several colors and features a Velcro fastener that makes it easy to attach to a collar. Plus, 10 percent of every sale goes to charity: specifically to SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Feeding Pets of the Homeless.

Find It: Etsy

19. RED DOG DRESS; FROM $34

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Your good boy or girl will look red carpet-ready in this elegant gown. The voluminous tulle skirt is to die for, and each bow is embellished with beads. Custom orders are also available.

Find It: Etsy

20. DOG TIE; FROM $13

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Your pooch will be ready to stun at any black tie event. This tie is designed like a collar, making it easy to dress your four-legged friend. This Etsy store gives back: 10 perfect of all sales are donated to an animal protection association.

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21. NAUTICAL DOG DRESS WITH MATCHING LEASH; $20

Dog sailor dress
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Perfect for a day on the town or setting sail in a schooner, this is the sailor outfit you never knew your best furry friend needed. This vintage throwback also comes with a matching leash.

Find It: BaxterBoo

22. TARTAN FLANNEL PET BOW TIE; $5.50

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Your dog or cat will turn heads in this flannel tartan bow tie. It has a convenient elastic loop that slides over your pup's collar.

Find It: Etsy

23. PUCCI DOG SHIRT; $23

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Only the fanciest dogs wear, err, Pucci. Grab this punny "designer" t-shirt for your pup. This high-quality cotton statement piece is perfect for small breeds.

Find It: Etsy

24. PINK POLKA DOT AND LACE DOG HARNESS DRESS; $20

Pink Polka Dot and Lace Designer Dog Harness Dress
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This feminine pink polka dot dress is simply adorable. It features a convenient built-in harness and comes with a matching leash.

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25. PET SWEATER VEST; $6

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Your dog or cat will look like an erudite Oxford professor in this sweater vest. Note that the button on the pocket is shaped like a bone.

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