Rather than stressing about what her bridesmaids should wear at her wedding, Omaha resident Deanna Adams, 40, decided to let them decide for themselves. Her sister, who was her maid of honor, took that as a license to let her freak flag fly.
Rather than choose a discreet dress that would let her sister shine on her big day, Christina Meador, the maid of honor in question, turned up in a T-Rex costume. The stunt put a Jurassic spin on the ceremony as Meador stood alongside the other modestly dressed bridesmaids holding a bouquet of sunflowers in her tiny T-Rex hands.
“About a year ago my big sister texted me asking if I would be her maid of honor. She, knowing that I’m not a big fan of wearing formal dresses and that I probably wouldn’t have a lot of money to buy something really nice, reassured me by letting me know that I could pick out any outfit that I choose,” Meador said.
“I was trying to think of something that I would be willing to wear more than once and thought to myself, ‘Well, she did say anything, and if I’m spending more than $50, I want it to be a dinosaur costume, because they’re fantastic and I’ve always wanted one. I sent her a text so that she could have a laugh—surprisingly she was ok with it!” she added.
Although shortly before the ceremony, Meador, 38, did consider going the traditional route and wearing a dress she had purchased for $7, it ended up being too big and she chose the T-Rex costume instead, which apparently fit her perfectly.
“I had yet to find my sister a good gift. I had decided that she would appreciate the dinosaur costume and it would be fun to mess with her about wearing it during the ceremony,” Meador said. “I arrived in Nebraska for the wedding, my sister picks me and my mom up from our hotel to go to a final dress fitting, and I bring it up on the ride that I had bought it and plan to wear it, and she laughed.”
Meador wore the costume for the ceremony but decided it was too cumbersome for the reception, so she changed into a $20 dress she had bought as a backup. While other brides may not have appreciated the gesture, Adams found the situation amusing and even defended her sister on Facebook. “The point was to get married to the man who treats me like I hung the moon, and we did that part,” she wrote. “My sister is awesome, and I genuinely was not kidding when I said she could wear whatever she wanted.”
In case you were wondering, this isn’t the first wedding to feature a T-Rex. In 2017, Beth Gardener surprised her fiancée Tom on their wedding day wearing a T-Rex costume. Gardener, whose middle name is – you guessed it – Rex, walked up the aisle dressed as a dinosaur. Although the whole thing was caught on video, the bride did take the costume off for the ceremony so the couple does have pictures of their wedding where they’re both dressed in non-Jurassic style.
If you’re planning on foregoing the traditional wedding attire on your big day, an adult-sized T-Rex costume is available on Amazon for just $49.99. The costume even comes with a battery-operated fan so you can keep cool while exchanging vows. Of course, your soon-to-be spouse may not see the humor in marrying a dinosaur and you could end up with a runaway bride or groom, but that’s a whole other movie.