To plan her wedding, Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) enlisted the help of her mom and sisters and three wedding planners, who also happened to be close friends. What is it like to plan a Duggar wedding? Ellie got the exclusive, inside scoop from Sierra, one of the wedding planners who we had the pleasure of spending time with when we visited the Duggars in March.
Although Sierra is not a professional wedding planner, she has coordinated the weddings of a few of her friends, so she offered her services to Jill and Derick when they got engaged. Here's what Sierra has to say about planning Duggar wedding.
At the very beginning, we had talked about it, and I told her, 'If you want help with it, I would love to help you.' And she's like, 'Perfect, yes! Okay!'
From the day Jill and Derick got engaged, Sierra and her assistants had roughly three months to work out the details of the wedding. They were told to plan for 3,000 people, although only between 1,000 and 1,500 attended.
I encouraged there to not be a whole lot of Duggar helpers. It's such a special time that if you're not careful, you can forget that it's a special time, and you miss out on the fun joy of being a family when your daughter's getting married. So if we had any questions, we really deferred to the oldest sisters or to Michelle.
[Jill and Derick] were a dynamic team. I just love watching a bride and groom know what they want and just needing to translate that to a wedding coordinator and then have the wedding coordinator execute it. They really were that awesome team that said, 'Here's what we want. Can we do it?' So we did it.
The wedding was very much a Pinterest-inspired event. By browsing Pinterest, Jill came up with the idea of displaying Grandma Duggar's wedding dress, which was also worn by Michelle Duggar, and Derick's late father's police uniform shirt.
It was such a unique touch to the whole wedding. If you could stamp a word on the entire wedding, it would probably be 'honor.'
Jill and Derick made an effort to honor their separate families, as well as their guests.
That's the Duggars. That's how they roll. They just make you feel like it is an honor for them to be with you.
Stay tuned! More exclusive Duggar wedding details coming soon.
Image Credits: TLC/David Welker, Duggar Family Blog