Jurassic Heart: Why we chose dinosaurs as our wedding theme

Jurassic Heart: Why we chose dinosaurs as our wedding theme

We were asked over and over again why we chose dinosaurs as our wedding theme. And I’ll begin answering that question by saying, why on Earth not eh?

There is just something about dinosaurs that Joe and I have always liked. It really is that simple. After hinting for months that we should go and see ‘Stan’ the T-Rex on display at Manchester Museum one weekend, ‘one day’ became a reality on 28th April 2012 – little did I know that it was Joe buttering me up as he prepared to propose to me!

It wasn’t until we had booked our civil ceremony and were thinking about reading ideas that we really decided to go for the dinosaur theme. After a wander around in Waterstone’s, I found A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton – a story of two dinosaurs in love who grow old together. We bought the book, and decided then and there that it would be a reading at our wedding and would kick off the theme – It was beautifully read by Joe’s sister Sam and the book we bought went on display on the cake table.
Dinosaur Wedding

The rest just came as it was planned. Here is what we had:

Aisle Music:

I had this idea in my head that I’d love to walk down the aisle to the Jurassic Park original score. I think when I said this out loud I scared people a little, but trust me when I say it’s classical and really not overbearing. The bridesmaids walked into A Tree For My Bed, and I walked down the aisle to My Friend, The Brachiosaurus. Joe and I walked back down the aisle to Journey to the Island (below) – Click on the links to have a listen and let me know what you think!

Seating Plan

We named each table after a dinosaur, and of course, the head table was Tyrannosaurus Rex! Everyone really got into it and the Brontosaurus table in particular popped a load of pictures on Instagram imitating their nominated dinosaur name – I love this!
Dinosaur Wedding

Favours

As favours, Joe and I used lime green and black organza bags and filled them with natural dinosaur jelly sweets. I hear they went down a treat – I particularly liked making these as I got to eat the leftovers. It’s the little things…

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Stationery

A dinosaur logo, designed by our good friend Boozy was used on our wedding invitations (you can see how I made them here) , orders of the day and  post box. You may notice the phrasing too is taken from Jurassic Park 🙂 We saved a fortune making all these ourselves and even Joe helped out when we ran out of PVA glue with the trusty DIY adhesive…
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Cake

We chose a local supplier for our cupcakes (seriously, don’t pay hundreds of pounds for a cake – it’s flour and sugar mostly, don’t be ripped off!) We had a cupcake tier based on our colour scheme of black, white and lime green. But, to dino it up we had dinosaur sprinkles on top. So excited by our wedding theme, the shop owner asked if we’d like some cake toppers made and we excitedly said yes! Having seen no designs of the cake toppers prior to the wedding, seeing these for the first time was one of my favourite bits of the day.
Dinosaur Wedding

Room Decorations

Just for fun, I used Decopatch to create some dinosaur figurines to be dotted around the room. We had some with our cake, some on the postbox and guestbook table, and two little Brontosauruses on our registrar table. Aww.
Dinosaur Wedding Decopatch

Dinosaur Wedding

I think that’s about it! We had so many lovely comments and I really hope we made it a special wedding that no-one will forget in a hurry!

I’d love to hear what you think 🙂

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  • I must admit I was a little sceptical about the dinosaur theme, but seeing these photos I am converted! You did a great job!

    Funnily enough we also had ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward read at our wedding… I loved it 🙂

    C x

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  • Sarah

    I love this! We are naming our tables after dinosaurs too which is how I came across this. We’ve had countless strange looks whenever we’ve mentioned it – looking forward to seeing the guests’ faces when they see the seating plan!

    I do want to say though, although cake is ‘mostly flour and sugar’, it is worth the money you pay if you go professional. You have to remember that not only are you paying for the ingredients, you are paying for the baker’s time to bake the cake (2+ hours depending on size), their time to decorate it (anything from 1 day to a week) as well as their experience, knowledge and expertise! And that’s not even factoring in the cost of running the oven/machinery, the rent they pay for their premises, the bills for their premises, paying back tuition fees/student debt for time spent on courses or debt run up as an unpaid apprentice, or the fact that they are earning their living from it. Just like anything, you pay for what you get! so a £500 cake doesnt mean the baker pockets £500! In fact, it will be a small fraction of that realistically. If you are not fussed about your cake then obviously it’s your choice to go for something more affordable (I’m making my own because I can’t afford to go professional), but please don’t slate bakers and make them sound like overcharging thieves!

    After all, a painting is just made with a canvas, paint and a brush – but not just anyone could paint that picture 🙂

    xx

    • Karen

      I think the painting analogy is a great one! And I do agree that not all bakers are ripping people off. I can only talk from personal experience and we encountered that quotes for cakes were one price, but then when mentioned it was for a wedding they suddenly shot up by a couple of hundred quid! For the exact same cake. Personally that doesn’t sit well with me because then you really are only paying for the ‘wedding’ label and I think what I was trying to say (maybe not so well!) was that you can still get a fantastic cake through other avenues without having to cripple your budget. For us personally, anything over £200 felt an obscene amount of money but of course everyone will have their own number in mind, and hey, who cares about a cake when you have a dinosaur wedding 😉

      Thanks for commenting and congrats on your upcoming dino wedding! I’m sure it will be amazing 🙂

  • Bee

    Amazing!! My SIL is getting married in Feb and having a dinosaur themed wedding, got some great ideas and thanks for the step by step invitations!

    • KarenAnita

      Thank you! What a wonderful theme ideas hehe 😉
      So glad you find my post useful. Hope your SIL has a wonderful day! x