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Matching outfits - Lee White and three year old Tyler White with Chester. <br />
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Everyone loves dressing up for a wedding and now it seems even our pooches are getting in on the glamour action. <br />
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Made to measure, and from the same material as the bridegroom's attire, could matching dogs' waistcoats and suits this be this year's biggest wedding trend?<br />
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Of course, dressing up our four-legged friends is nothing new, there are plenty of options for dog coats, fancy dress and even pyjamas, but an enterprising business owner from Derby claims to have spotted a gap in the market for bespoke canine wedding suits.<br />
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It was the brainwave of 34-year-old Hannah Lancashire, owner of Jon Paul Formal Hire, who was looking for a quirky way to attract people to her stand at a wedding fair.<br />
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She said she came up with the idea to dress a toy dog in a shirt, waistcoat and jacket, in the hope that potential clients would find it amusing and stop to find out more.<br />
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“In the end,” she said, “we had more than 200 enquiries from that fair alone, from people wanting to include their dog in the wedding party.<br />
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“So we looked into the idea, and joined forces with Albert and Belle in Swadlincote, who specialise in making dog coats, to create a whole wedding package.<br />
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"And all the dog suits are hand-made, to the pooch’s exact measurements and in the same material as the groom’s suit and waistcoat, so the whole wedding party is coordinated and keeps to the same colour theme."<br />
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It might seem like a barking mad idea, but Brits have a reputation for being a nation of dog-lovers, so why should our beloved mutts, who are often a huge part of family life, miss out on such a special occasion?<br />
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