19Kids and Counting Jill Duggar Wedding Count Down
If you’ve ever gotten married or helped plan a daughter’s or friend’s wedding, then you know there are a ton of details to be wrangled and handled when it comes to wedding planning.
Then just #DuggarSize it, and you’ve got what Jill Duggar, and then shortly thereafter, Jessa Duggar have to contend with as well as the families of their grooms.
A week before the Wedding and the family confesses, “There’s still a lot to do.”
Jana has been sewing to alter some off-the-sales-rack bridesmaids dresses to make them more modest. They purchased a few extra dresses to have the additional fabric needed, and Jana added sleeves and bit of length as well as adding material to raise the neckline. All the dresses and 11 dress belt ties. And 1 coordinated tie for Derick as the groom. The price of each of the dresses is under $50, as I recall, even under $20, but my memory might be fuzzy on that detail. So not every bridesmaids dress needs to cost $500.
With just 9 days prior to the wedding, Derick and Jill continue to meet once a week for pre-marital counseling. They’re covering how to handle stress, finances, and even introduce the intimate size of marriage which the engaged couple is waiting on until marriage to enjoy.
Jim Bob and Michelle present the keys to a palatial property they have for sale on the market. This will be the couple’s temporary first home, theirs while the house remains on the market. This means the house, also, needs to be furnished. The Duggar gaggle heads over to an auction house to furnish the house to have enough furniture to accommodate the couple as well as a be able to seat some guests should they have extended family over for a visit.
Their auction purchases included:
1 Mattress/Boxspring set $330.00
Sofa/Loveseat Set $404.00
Leather Sofa $445.00
Washer/Dryer Set $500.00
Decorative Accents $516.50
Additional Furniture $545.00
Stuffed Animal Monkey $5.00
Their total spent was just $3,006.50
They consider that they saved $6K+.
Before the wedding, the family moves all the furniture into their temporary new home, the Stony Brook house. “Welcome to your new temporary home!”
Michelle and Jim Bob’s first home was a 1900 square foot fixer upper. “I’m a little jealous.”
Even with all the auction bought furniture, not everything fits or is quite perfect. Jim Bob and Michelle relate that their first furniture, a lot of it was acquired at garage sales. “First year you’re just living on love.” So, while they are helping to put the couple on their feet well to start them out, they’re not just handing them everything. They inculcate the young couple to be prepared for living and learning together, not having perfection right out of the gate. If only more couples learned that about the first few years of marriage together.
Meanwhile, Josh and Anna Duggar are en route into Arkansas for the family wedding. Once they are landed, Josh works with John David to come up with a wedding exit getaway vehicle. They head on over to the car lot dealership which Josh used to own and run. They lean towards a glossy black truck, and the new owner gives it to Josh as a loaner for the wedding.
The older girls head on over to the Stony Brook house to help decorate, prepare family photos into picture frames as wall decorations. It’s both to decorate and fill out the empty walls of the house. Decorating and getting their nails done together are some of the final female bonding activities to share together last time tout ensemble before the first Duggar girl gets married. They do nail “wraps” at a friends house. They’re quite correct in that while Jill will be living just nearby, once she’s married, life will never be the same. Once married, they will certainly have opportunities to enjoy together, but it will require much more organization and synching of schedules to enjoy future nail parties all the Girls together.
“I mean we’re really happy for her, but it’s a big change,” shares Jessa.
Friends from all over the country are coming in for the wedding. While the wedding is a massive #DuggarSize shindig, they naturally also kept the costs down by using more home spun details rather than the most expensive options which you’d encounter at the weddings of aristocracy.
The Duggars have become America’s Family, but they always keep it real and down-to-earth, placing more emphasis on the love relationship of the marriage than the cost of the wedding. If only more couples would do likewise.