Wedding DIY: Dog Bow-Tie

by Amy Azzarito

We had two fantastic human models for our wedding shoot, but the star of the show was of the 4-legged variety – the talented Seymour Soslow. I love seeing (well-behaved) pets take part in wedding ceremonies, and they certainly deserve to dress for the occasion along with everyone else. The fantastic Philadelphia-based florist came up with this idea for a floral bow-tie for our manly dog model.  A big thank you to Seymour’s mom, for allowing us to borrow Seymour for the afternoon!  –Amy

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Supplies Needed:

  • wire cutters
  • twine
  • clippers
  • a dog collar of your choice (we used Seymour’s old fave)


Floral Materials:

  • Rosemary
  • Astilbe
  • Berzillia berries
  • Ranunculus
  • Pear fruit on the branch

full how-to after the jump!

Step 1: Begin by taping the rosemary into two small flared bunches to set the shape and size of your bow tie

Step 2: Clip the stems of the rosemary so they are nice and neat and finish with floral tape.

Step 3: Layer one piece of Astilbe on top of each rosemary bundle and tape into place, clipping the stem to length

Step 4: Repeat on the other side.

Step 5: Layer the Berzillia berry on top of each bundle and tape into place, again clipping the stem to length


Step 6: To wire the ranunculus so it securely fastens the tie, clip the stem to about 2 inches, insert a 20 gauge floral wire directly up the stem all the way through the face of the flower


Step 7: Bend about 2 inches back down into a hairpin and pull the wire back through the flower so that the flower head is anchored to the stem with two wires.


Step 8: Clip wires to length and securely tape the wires and stem wrapping once down and back.

Step 9: Test fit your two bundles and determine where your Pear accent will look best before beginning the final assembly. Trim bundle stems if needed at this point.

Step 10: Tape your two bundles together to form the bow tie and tape the Pear branch in place.

Step 11: Take the Ranunculus stem and twist the wired stem all the way around the bundles so it forms the center of your tie.



Step 12: Secure the tie to the collar using twine or another ribbon of your choosing.



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