Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Josiah's Wedding Prank


Many episodes of Counting On are still available for free on TLC GO (either via the website or app). As we shared on Monday, Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell's two-part wedding preview is also up. Although it is "locked," we encourage you to try signing in via your internet/cable provider.

We have to ask: What do you think of the prank that best man Josiah Duggar pulls during the ceremony? When Pastor Caldwell requests the rings, maid of honor Lauren Caldwell passes Joe's to Kendra, but Josiah doesn't seem to have Kendra's. Suddenly, a man rappels from the ceiling and delivers it to Josiah, who jokingly pays him. The audience claps, and Kendra bursts out laughing.

Photo courtesy TLC/DCL

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    1. Fun fun fun...no sinning in joyfulness...be merry...sing dance with eachother for the lord or not...just be happy for this couple, can we?

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    2. Josiah was on stage the whole time, must have been a friend, havn't seen a name mentioned anywhere.

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    3. No, it was Josiah's prank, a family friend rappelled down.

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    4. It wasn't Josiah. He is standing looking up at whoever came down

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  2. Josiah's prank seems a little juvenile to me, but that's just my opinion.

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  3. Enough with the Duggar "where's the ring" pranks. This is supposed to be a solemn ceremony, and you are in church, The House of The Lord. They turned the ceremony into a circus, with a totally unnecessary prank. Was this done for attention?

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    1. Make a joyful noise! 😄September 21, 2017 at 6:24 PM

      Lighten up! The Joy of the Lord is supposed to be your strength! You can have fun and honor The Lord at the same time. He's not a prude like some ppl.

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    2. You are so right. I totally agree with you.

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  4. REALLY a prank at a wedding??? For as serious as courtship is to the Duggars with all their rules, etc. why would you pull a prank like that at the wedding ceremony? They don't seem to take weddings very seriously. A church is God's house and should be treated with respect. A wedding is a ceremony where the bride and groom promise their love and faithfulness to each other before 'God and all those present, it is not a joke. I would want my guests leaving and remembering the vows made not a prank played. I don't find it funny at all, just very immature and sad.

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    1. Love today's overuse of the word "sad"...problem is, the ones who are always saying they are sad, or some behavior is sad, are never the ones who it affects. While I personally wouldn't want anyone playing that prank, it wasn't MY wedding...nor was it yours. It's not really our place to label it as "sad." Might as well say, "You served chicken at your wedding? Sad..." or "Your hair is brown? Sad..."

      My mother died of ALS recently. That's sad. My friend's husband has cancer. That is sad. Let's use the word for what is was meant for,and find a different adjective to describe our disagreement.

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    2. You're mistaken as to where the house of God is. The house of God is not a building, it is in the heart of believers. Also, the "church" refers to the group of believers and again not a building. People can praise and worship God anywhere, just like people can get married anywhere. The building has nothing to do with it.

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    3. Make a joyful noise! 😄September 21, 2017 at 6:27 PM

      Some ppl know how to have a good time. I can't imagine what you would be like as a parent if your kids can't have fun. 😭

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    4. By the logic of 3:52, it was still "the house of the Lord" and/or "a church" if the congregation was there, which they were! It was still a religious ceremony, not a stage show.

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    5. 5:26 has the right to voice her opinion- I agree with what she is saying. I love to have fun, my kids have fun , however " where two or more of us are gathered in Thy name- there am I"! The reverence is diminished by this foolish prank.

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    6. Anonymous at 5:04 and 5:26 - I agree with you!! A wedding ceremony is a serious covenant between a man and woman and God! Save the circus act for another time.

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  5. I think Joseph did a great job of planning a surprise that would delight his bride.

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    1. Agree! Lighten up and live :)

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    2. What a great word. Yes I'm sure she was delighted. As she must have been when she saw their nice sendoff truck painted in graffiti over the classy just married decal she'd picked out for the day.

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  6. Immature and tacky!

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    1. Make a joyful noise! 😄September 21, 2017 at 6:31 PM

      That's way better than being stuffy and boring! 😉 Go ride a bike and enjoy some SONshine.😃

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    2. So right, joyful person! Live a little!!!! Josiah should have dumped slime on all the guests as they exited - how fun!!! Everyone could have had a good laugh! It would have been a wedding to remember!!! Fun!

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  7. Sorry, not a fan. Church is church and while a wedding ceremony is a joyful time it's not the time for repelling from the ceiling. The "forgot the ring" thing is past its stale date.

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  8. Very strange stunt for a wedding ceremony.

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  9. Funny:) I am not sure everybody would want that at their wedding, bu t if Joe and Kendra were cool with it, it's all good.

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  10. Didn't see it...sounds pretty inappropriate at a large church wedding...
    Something similar at the reception would be ok, but not when taking marriage vows.

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  11. I don't have cable but I get counting on on Google play. Will this wedding be an option?

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  12. Not a big fan of pranks at weddings. Maybe I am old fashioned but it is a sacred time to me.

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    1. Not old fashioned just classy.

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  13. Just watched it on Tlc go app and that was totally a surprise and funny way to present the wedding ring. Reminded me of the first sugar wedding when John David had to run out of the chapel to go get the wedding ring he was responsible for.

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  14. HOw about just unlocking the video so that all can see it? Also I think I would be pretty upset about a prank like this during a beautiful wedding. A prank does not seem appropriate for a wedding but more for a rehearsal dinner or bachelor party?

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    1. This blog doesn't own the episodes, the network that produced them does.

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  15. Poor taste. Wedding in the secular world have become very human centered over the years as could be expected. I find it difficult to accept turning a sacred covenantal service, where Christ is the center, into a show of self-exploitation. I am all for hooping and hollering and having a bang-up time at the reception if that is your choice-but the ceremony. never. This disappoints me and underscores why I converted to Catholicism from Baptist 7 years ago.

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    1. I have never seen such inappropriate antics at a wedding outside of being married by Elvis in Vegas! Fellow Catholic here...our Priest would never, ever allow such blatant disregard for the seriousness of the the covenant vows. I can't imagine the Pastor and Joseph ( at the very least) weren't in on it as it had to be planned beforehand. Totally disrespectful timing.

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    2. Lighten up😄 As long as their vows were taken in a holy, serious way, the prank isn't that big of a deal.

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  16. I'm afraid that I am too old-fashioned to think that is funny or in any way appropriate at a wedding. It's fine to add a touch of humor, but this is over the top in my opinion. But if they enjoyed it, I guess that's what counts.

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  17. That is hilarious and awesome !

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  18. It's weird to me how Duggar siblings and spouses call attention to themselves at someone else's wedding with a silly prank or gesture. Derek twice grabbing Jill away from her escourt back up the aisle; Joy making certain that her pregnancy stands out in the wedding photo; and now Josiah's prank.

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    1. The photo of Joy you're talking about was a funny photo where everyone was posing weird. I think it's unfair to call her out. If it was a serious photo maybe, but everyone was posing in that one.

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    2. 10:09 - Derick did NOT grab Jill twice and run down the aisle with her. He only did it at Jingers wedding. Josh did it to Anna at Jill's wedding! Once for Derick. Once for Josh.

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    3. I thought Derick did that also at Jessa's wedding....

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    4. To @4:43 pm.
      What about Jessa's wedding?

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    5. 4:43 here - Grabbing bridesmaids by their husbands while exiting the church happened only 2 times. Josh grabbed Anna at Jill's wedding and ran with her. Derick did the same to Jill at Jingers wedding. Thats it. It didnt happen at Jessas wedding, nor at Josh's or Joys. Haven't seen Joes wedding yet.

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  19. Probably going to get a lot of hate for this, but Ellie and Lilly asked. Pranks at the dress rehearsal or the reception are fine and even somewhat expected in some locales (as long as they're not mean-spirited like shaving cream in the bride's/groom's luggage or removing engine parts to delay the leaving for the honeymoon). A marriage ceremony, on the other hand, is about making a covenant before and with God. It should reflect the respect and dignity of the commitment and the moment.

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    1. Well I'm pretty sure my Gos likes a laugh as much as anyone here on earth so I doubt he's dooming them for all eternity for doing so.

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    2. I agree. While funny at any other time, this was really inappropriate.

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    3. As far as jokes or pranks go, it's not even clever or funny. Josiah forgot the rings so a person rappeled from the ceiling with them? Who is the guy supposed to be and why would he have the rings? Why would he be up in the ceiling? The storyline doesn't even make sense. Why would this be funny?

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  20. That was CRAzy! I'm not sure how I feel about it - it's a circus trick done at a beautiful wedding - but it sure was memorable.

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  21. I hope I am not the only one who finds that stunt immature, ridiculous, and utterly inappropriate for a wedding ceremony.

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  22. omg how sweet! joseph was so emotional after seeing kendra. that man is sooo in love!! josiah's prank went off well and was so unexpected

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  23. Tasteless but if they didnt mind iys their wedding. But it takes away from the sincerity of the vows.

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    1. The only thing for them to do is smile and say they loved it. Crying or getting angry would only make it worse. I'm sure Kendra was very disappointed, along with any other person in attendance with even the slightest bit of class.

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    2. Do you know her personally then?

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    3. Guys do not think always like women. I bet those boys spent a lot alot of time pranking each other growing uo and now and so yeah it was a guy prank that might been better thought of maybr after thr ceremony do something funny but guys yhiught this our friend getting married and joe probably seems thr type to.prank the other boys now finding out his ioke personality. So i bet that was the thinking. He kinda of the firdt for them as now they getting older to get married so they maybe will realize women like classic weddings. Maybe at their own wedding. But yeah i bet joe pranked them so much before is what encoursged them. God bless them.

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  24. I am all for lighthearted moments at weddings and love all the goofing off pictures and funny speeches, but I am really surprised at the Duggars pulling this stunt during the actual wedding service. I would have thought that they would have treated the marriage vows and exchange of rings as sacred moments, but instead they treat it like Barnum and Baileys three ring circus! It looked ridiculous, and so obviously staged for the show, I have to wonder if TLC had not been filming would they have done this? It seems that these days they will do anything for attention and to keep the show going, smacks of desperation imo.

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    1. "Desperate" was the word I thought too. They have been doing the "we lost the ring prank" since Josh and Anna so that has completely lost any humor anyway. Now, during the marriage vows they are so desperate for ratings and one upping the other they are making a mockery of the most sacred part. Of course Kendra "burst into laughter". Kendra seems to do that regardless of what is happening. It was ridiculous to say the least.

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    2. Like i said earilier post. I think this beong thr first beother as adults they know to get.married and joe now that we have seen his joke side probably had pranked them so much they thought it be funny. Guys thinking is weird you know. Girls wanting a classic wedding wouldnt imagine it but then last joy wedding got thr confetti so well it is guys thinking. Om sure they will.learn more as they court and etc. But yeah knowing a little more.of joe he likes to joke even if corny

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    3. Josh and Anna's wedding was the only other one they did that at 12:40

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  25. Looks funny something to remember the wedding about I hope it will be on the tv in the UK eventually

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    1. Something to remember the wedding by is needed, as they are coming so thick and fast they are starting to merge into one and other. These last two in paricular have been very similar.

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  26. I was very disappointed that he did this with the rings. Up to that point, the ceremony had been lovely and while there isn't anything wrong with humor or laughter during a ceremony---this just seemed in poor taste. It was Kendra's day to shine and it felt like this upstaged her.

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  27. Considering everything I think it was a fun original idea.
    It seems this wedding had to be taken up a level to make it outstanding. Kendra is what is called a good sport.

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    1. Yeah they probably have this memory for a long while.

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  28. The only opinions that matter are Joe & Kendra's. I suspect there is a history of pranking/joking between Joe and Siah, and that Joe and Kendra's sense of humour would be to find this a hilarious memory for a lifetime.

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  29. Personally, I think this is in poor taste and is out of place in areligious ceremony

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  30. That prank is juvenile and beyond silly.

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  31. Oh....that's not a good time for a prank.

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  32. I would not, WOULD NOT want that stunt pulled at my wedding. I’m all for a good joke when it’s appropriate. Maybe a joke of some sort at the reception, but not the ceremony. But that’s just me.

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    1. I'm with you. Maybe a prank at the reception or even maybe before everything like at the rehearsal, but no not at the most important event, the actual wedding, that's not the time or place IMO.

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  33. Nope. Not amusing.

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  34. I don't think I would appreciate the best man cooking this one up at my wedding. I can't watch the wedding preview, so maybe it was funny?????Jane

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    1. Being joe is first kn long while the guys didnt know what is proper as joe probably pranks them at home. It is their firdt time to be the best man but.it might been good at bacholor party they had or etc. They will learn. Young guy thinking isnt always ehay we would think as women. As more duggars young men court they will get it.

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  35. Josiah obviously enjoys attention, but he needs to learn there is positive attention and negative attention. He could have gotten positive attention by being a mature, classy best man. Instead, he went for negative attention by pulling a prank (a prank!) at a wedding he's supposed to simply be standing in. Yes, Josiah, we all see you. I fear not many were impressed.

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    1. Josiah NEEDS to join a local community theater group. He clearly craves an outlet for his artistic tendencies. I know it's not something the Duggar's encourage, buy Josiah is an adult.

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    2. You know the guys all being in same room probably prank each other all thr tome and joe might be thr worse with hisjokes. They havent had a brother get married for a long while snd they are now adults but im sure as they court or etc they will get it. I dont think they thought it right. Probanly be good at bachlor party but this is his first time to be best man. He thinking how the guys in the house do together. Now yhe girls have a lot of role models for what to do and not at a wedding.but i guess there is alot of pranksters with the guys in thr duggar house. Too bad they just sidnt have a guy party before they got married. Best time to do that joking

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    3. I just dont think he knew better with how the guys are to each other

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    4. Anon @ 2:34 Others must have been in on the prank and surely someone could have said 'poor taste, not a good idea'. Also they are not young children, and have attended many weddings so must be aware of what is in good taste and what isn't.

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    5. He did know better! ! ! !
      He's a grown man...not a little brother....

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  36. So funny! I think Kendra and Joe enjoyed it.

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  37. I think it would have to get boring for all these people to keep having to go to these long, boring weddings...I mean there isn't even dancing or adult beverages lol

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  38. Good for you Josiah! There's too much sadness in the world right now to be upset about a prank at a wedding.

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  39. Not a very reverent thing to do at such a sacred moment in a church ... wonder how the designer felt about that surprise :(

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  40. You folks do know that the "church" means believers, it doesn't mean the building, right?

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    1. A large number of "believers" were present, so it was indeed "a church."

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    2. It doesn't matter if it was a "church" building or a field of wheat - a Holy covenant is no time for a circus trick!!

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    3. Yes, the Church does mean those who believe in Jesus Christ, but it's also where the Believers gather collectively to share in the worship experience and learn to know God better. So yes, it was still inappropriate. It would have been fine at the Reception or at a family get-together or party.

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  41. Lawson and Nathan Bates did the same thing to Zach when he got married. I thought it was funny.

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  42. This is just another example of one of the many reasons "bridal parties" have no place in a wedding. The friends and even siblings of the couple do not need to have a formal role in a marriage ceremony. The ceremony is uniting the couple. At most it (the coming together in marriage) would include/affect their families, which is implied. Friends and family members should sit in the audience as witnesses and supporters.

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    1. So you don't think a couple needs 22 people standing at the altar with them? Me neither! A bride needs someone to hold the ring and hold her bouquet. A groom needs someone to hold the ring. The rest are not needed, and in large numbers, become stage props.

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    2. The bridal party are witnesses and supporters. We have been doing this for for YEARS! It's not weird!

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  43. Gosh, some people need to just lighten up a tad.

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  44. It seem s that both Josiah and Jackson like to get attention by doing this kind of stuff. It is neither cute or funny and the older they get the less funny it is. Just my opinion.

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  45. I think it was funny!

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  46. I thought that the stunt was extremely funny. I think that some people on here are to up tight. Its not the 1950's anymore. You say they are immature, but they are really young, get with the program people. I would die laughing if that happened at my wedding.

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  47. Actually studies show that doing something surprising and shocking helps the brain to etch an unfading memory! So, these kinds of pranks that almost seem inapproppriate may be more important and necessary to a wedding ceremony than people realize! And tripping people likr this in a sudden way can spill out what is in their hearts. So Kendra's laughter showed everyone that she is a good hearted lady with a sense of humour! Best wisdhes to the happy couple! And I'm guessing every September 8 into the future everyone will easily remember it is Joeken's wedding anniversary!

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  48. Enough about the wedding please!

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  49. Pretty sure at least 75% of people would find this inappropriate to do at a wedding.

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  50. I think it was funny! It is a wedding not a funeral. It is ok to have fun at a wedding. I am sure Josiah knows his brother well enough to know if he would think it was funny or not.

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  51. The prank was short, sweet and to the point. I don't think it was disrespectful, it just added some humour to the ceremony which is sometime needed at weddings.

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  52. I think it was funny. Why so serious? God has a sense of humor! Have you seen the platypus?!

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  53. I personally love the prank. Watching them laugh at rhis joyful time made this wedding speciall and ever so memorable.

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  54. I absolutely love this!! Josiah is a legend!! And you can tell by Joe and Kendras reaction they thought it was funny too. I'm always shocked at how people judge weddings as if it's their own. How sad you're life must be comparing yourself to others all the time.

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  55. So fun!! Unforgettable memory

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  56. Oh that is awesome! Lol. Such a creative idea and what a way to make the moment memorable. I love it!

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  57. They are now trying to be actors for a paycheck. A Church wedding where a vow before God between two people to enter into a marriage is no place for a joke. Wow I am shocked at them.

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  58. Was this OK'ed by the wedding planner friend? If so, I'd have to question her taste level.

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  59. Agree with most of the previous posts-Tacky and distracting from the beauty of the wedding ceremony.

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  60. Some of the Pastor's comments, like the joke about the $850,000 it cost him to raise Kendra, seemed like they would be more appropriate at the reception rather than a solemn ceremony.

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    1. I thought that was ridiculous (the price joke) to bring up at the start of a church ceremony!

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    2. He wanted to put intowords that he'd put a lifetime of love and sacrifice into raising his daughter and he did not give her over to just anyone but to someone who would love and care for her as much as he did....let him have his words as he gives away his precious daughter to a duggar man.

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    3. I thought the pastor's money comment was incredibly tacky. I expected him to pass the hat after he said it, and would have been horrified if I had been the bride or groom. I thought Josiah's stunt was also tacky, but not nearly so much as the pastor's comment.
      The bar is set really low for these 2.

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    4. And $850,000 is such an exaggeration. They didn't pay for daycare, private school, university tuition and residence.... What could've possibly been so expensive about raising Kendra. And the price tag should never come up anyway...she is their child, their choice to have and love and the love for a child is something you can never put a price tag on. They're priceless.

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    5. I agree. It is also not correct; very inflated.

      I seriously doubt that he spent $44,746 a year on bringing up his daughter. Kendra did not go on to any post-secondary training; she was probably home-schooled.
      And the cost of her share of housing, food and the cost of her clothes would in one way add up to $44K. Her father would have had to make a huge salary to support his family, if he spent that amount of money on one daughter.

      Her father may have spent $44K a year to live but that includes feeding and housing himself and his whole family, not just his daughter.

      Plus, his daughter is not a gift that he gives away. She is a human being.

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    6. I would be horrified if my Dad even hinted at how much I had financially cost him ...especially at my wedding.

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    7. The ceiling prank wouldnt be funny to me, but it wasn't my weeding. If Joe and Kendra are OK with it, thats all that matters. As for Kendra's dads comments? Again, if Kendra is OK with it, all that matters. At least he has a sense of humor!

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    8. He was exaggerating about the amount in a joking way, not saying they seriously spent that much.

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  61. There's no rules or laws on how serious to be on the solemn occasion of the wedding vows are there? It was a wedding not a funeral. There were children and others in the audience who might have missed the solemn parts if some one did not get their attention focused on the front; better than uttering orders or a sharp elbow in the ribs I say!

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    1. A Holy serious ceremony in the House of God before God and guest if treated seriously and respectfully is being compared to a funeral unless it's treated as a joke and funny? This was the bride's special day not entertainment for the children in the audience.

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    2. The Bride was about to say her vows so if she did not like the family she was marrying into then she still had a choice.

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    3. Part of my upbringing included learning how to behave at weddings (and funerals) while in church. How to sit quietly and watch respectfully, how to pay attention, and how to realize that church events had solemn meanings. There was no need to get my attention by having people drop from the ceiling!

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  62. The look on Michelle's face is priceless!

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  63. I seriously doubt, when planning her wedding, Kendra said, "Let's throw in a moment of totally unrelated crazy spectacle into the ceremony."

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    1. Exactly! I dare guess the majority of us on here enjoy and laugh at family antics and pranks---at a rehearsal dinner--reception ---family reunion--but definitely not repelling inside a Church during marriage vows. By the look of Kendra's dress, flowers and decor she was going for elegant. What are people going to be talking about for years? Josiah's Prank.

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  64. When will we see this in UK because we can't get the tlc go app at all

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  65. When will we see this in the UK because we can't get TLC GO app to work

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  66. Do you know where she got the bridesmaids dresses?

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