Many of us went through a dinosaur-loving period in our childhood, easily encouraged when those seemingly mythical creatures are all over kidsâ€™ clothing, furniture, books, and toys. One bride-to-be in Washington, D.C., never outgrew that phase of her life, and though grown-up Jurassic decor doesnâ€™t come standard from typical wedding vendors, she just had the perfect dinosaur-themed bridal shower.
â€œIâ€™ve been obsessed with dinosaurs for pretty much my whole life,â€ Katelyn Machnica tellsÂ Yahoo Style via email. â€œI was a stegosaurus for my first Halloween, and I started wearing out a VHS tape of Jurassic Park when I was about 6. Even when my fiancÃ© proposed, he did so with dinosaurs.â€
Machnicaâ€™s future sister-in-law, Andrea, picked up on that cue â€” â€œShe just gets me,â€ Machnica said â€” and she helped turn the shower into a party that would make Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg proud.
Machnica wore a stegosaurus-print apron from Ankara Streets. There were dinosaur cookie trays, cookies, and banners hung over succulent centerpieces. Naturally, they served food from a spot called Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (along with more traditional mimosas). But the highlight had to be the various dinosaur brides and grooms that Andrea decorated, complete with miniature duct-tape flowers that are just like the ones Machnica made to use at her wedding.
â€œMy man of honor even made a shower game called â€˜Dino DoppelgÃ¤ngers,â€™ where guests had to guess which dinosaur I assigned to our family and bridal party members,â€ she tellsÂ Yahoo.
When Machnica shared a photo of herÂ dino doppelgÃ¤nger on Reddit, she inspired others to rethink their own wedding and party themes.
â€œThis is the best weddit post I have ever seen,â€ RedLovesPeaches wrote.
A few others shared what theyâ€™d done to express their love for those overgrown lizards.
â€œI had a dinosaur element in my wedding!â€ wrote alongstrangetrip, adding a link to this hilarious video on Instagram. â€œI used the T-Rex costume for my first look while both our parties wore dinosaur masks.â€
Another couple made headlines in 2013 when they let their photographer make it look like their wedding had been attacked by a hungry Tyrannosaurus.
Machnica says sheâ€™ll have a dinosaur cake topper and an inflatable costume for the photo booth at her wedding, which will take place in October in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y.
â€œI am ALL about doing what makes you happy for your wedding!â€ she wrote on Reddit. â€œAnd Iâ€™m very lucky to have family and in-laws that are so on board.â€