Michelle Duggar is known for many things, but most obviously for her large and very happy brood. At the heart of that family is her nearly 30-year marriage to her husband Jim Bob Duggar. With the recent marriage of her daughter Jill, Michelle has opened up about her relationship a bit more, first offering some stellar marriage tips and now reminiscing on her blog about her own wedding day and what it has meant to both her and her children.
Michelle's wedding wasn't quite the grand affair her daughter's was. They actually got married in the hallway of their church building with folding chairs as pews. Adorably, they re-created that when they renewed their vows almost five years ago.
So many brides stress and fret over their perfect wedding day and Michelle's was anything but. Still, her memories are all good. Some of her memories include:
1.) No flowers or decorations.
2.) A lattice backdrop.
3.) Her colors: yellow, pink, green, and blue.
4.) She made her own bouquet using fake flowers!
5.) Her sister made a flower display to put up behind the altar area.
6.) She made her own wedding cake.
7.) She wore Jim Bob’s mother’s wedding dress.
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Some of these are things a bride today would never consider. But why? As Michelle says:
Everything we did for our wedding was so inexpensive, but perfect for us. We wanted to spend our money on our honeymoon, which was our first time to be alone together.
Isn't that what it's all about? Making choices and building a marriage over a wedding?
Twenty-five years later, they repeated it all again for their vow renewal, and in the end, Michelle's biggest takeaway was one we can all relate to: The wedding was for the family, not just the couple. She says:
Although we didn’t videotape our wedding, we took a lot of pictures and we had it recorded on cassette tape. As our children were growing up, we would listen to our wedding cassette again every year on our anniversary. We would reenact the ceremony, show them how we walked down the aisle, and tell them the stories about what it was like. It was a great moment to share with them in such a special way.
What do you remember most from your own wedding?
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