Stuffed animals make for an unlikely wedding trend

Stuffed mice, squirrels and birds are going down a treat with brides and grooms, a London-based taxidermist reveals.

Jo Shears works from a small flat in Ealing, West London and spends lengthy amounts of time turning deceased animals into hugely popular wedding gear. The majority of her creations are made using roadkill, as she wants to keep her business as ethical as possible, reports

She regularly displays her creations at wedding fairs, so they are growing in popularity among couples planning to get married. In the past, she has made buttonholes from furs, bridal headpieces using birds and has even turned a cat into a handbag. Ms Shears hopes her business becomes so successful she can quit her marketing day job and go full-time with taxidermy.

“I’d always been a little macabre but about four years ago I started collecting taxidermy properly,” she explains. “Last year I set up commercially and it’s really taken off. Now I specialise in wearable taxidermy. It’s mainly a lot of hats but I do all sorts of things. The reaction has been pretty mixed: some people think it’s wonderful and are desperate to order.”

She adds that taxidermy has risen in popularity recently and that many couples are just looking for something different for their wedding day, reports