"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."
Most of us would agree that weddings of our loved ones are the kind of festivities we eagerly look forward to. Right from our dresses to accessories, to dance performances and heartfelt speeches; we leave no stones unturned to do our best, and to look our best.
But somewhere at the bottom of our hearts, we know that everything we do to look perfect on the wedding of a loved one is mostly to impress others, to garner compliments and to feel validated. So, in the process, we end up wearing things and doing things that in no way are an extension of our personalities. However, that was not the case for one woman from Texas.
Christina Meador, a 38-year-old woman from Texas broke this ceiling by doing exactly what would make her the happiest on her sister's big day, who was more than supportive of her decision. The bride, Deanna Adams, 40, gave her sister, the Maid of Honor, the liberty to wear anything, absolutely anything at all that she wanted. And the rest, it's safe to say, is history.
Christina showed up at their wedding wearing an enormous, inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costume, reports Daily Mail.
She later posted the picture on Facebook and moments later, her story spread like wildfire. Comments with mixed reactions flooded her post and it turned out to be bigger than anyone ever expected. While some found it hilarious, some tagged their friends warning them of pulling a similar prank on them, some also praised the bride for her sense of humor and quirky sense of style to allow something like this.
The post, captioned, "When you're maid of honor and told you can wear anything you choose... I regret nothing," has been shared 35k times and was viral in no time. Deanna also shared the screenshot of their private conversation where Christina broke her plan to her.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Christina revealed that her unconventional choice did not come as a surprise to her sister given that she has never been a fan of formal dresses.
"About a year ago my big sister texted me asking if I would be her maid of honor," she recalled.
"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."
"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!"
However, there were some incidents months before the wedding that almost convinced Christina that her wish to show up dressed as a T-Rex at her sister's wedding will not be realized. She mentioned that she did have other ideas of dressing up. Also, she couldn't afford to buy the costume and ended up picking up a $7 dress from a thrift store.
But what's meant to happen, does happen. Days before Deanna's wedding, she lost a few pounds and the dress she bought ended up being too big for her. Well, that made her go back to her quirky ensemble that has left social media in splits.
"I had yet to find my sister a good gift," she explained. "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."
"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."
Christina also mentioned that she gave Deanna multiple chances to change her mind so she could wear the new dress that she has bought, but now, there was no turning back. Deanna not only loved her costume, but she also made Christina walk her down the aisle.
At last, Christina said, "I peeled off the costume as soon as the ceremony was over ['because it was hot'] to enjoy the reception in the dress I wore underneath it."