10:09 am - 06/21/2014

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

It was a day full of joyful preparation for a much-anticipated wedding – but it was also filled with prayer for a beloved mother not in attendance.

Jill Duggar, 23, the second daughter in the supersized Duggar family of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting, and fiancé Derick Dillard, 25, were surrounded by over 100 family and friends on Friday, helping prepare for their Saturday wedding.

Volunteers gathered to help with decorations, get food ready for the reception and help organize the church where over 2,000 guests are expected to watch Jill walk down the aisle – the first daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle to be married.

"I've been crying half the day, so I'm making jokes to keep from crying," Jim Bob told everyone at the couple's rehearsal dinner, where guests took turns sharing memories and advice for the couple.

During the rehearsal, Jim Bob and others asked those in attendance to pray for Dillard's mother, Cathy, who is battling cancer and was unable to attend the rehearsal or dinner due to her health.

"I want to ask everyone to pray for my mom," Dillard told PEOPLE. "Anyone who has been through [cancer] knows what it is like, and if everyone could think of her, I know she would really appreciate it."

While many onlookers teared up, Dillard slowly pushed a wheelchair down the aisle during rehearsal in anticipation of his mother hopefully being able to attend the Saturday nuptials, along with her husband, Ronnie. Dillard's father, Rick, a former police officer, died in 2008.

His younger brother, Daniel, will serve as his best man Saturday and told those in attendance: "I would like to speak for our mother and father and say we're very proud of you, Derick, and know you will continue to make us proud."

Surrounded by the entire Duggar clan – including eldest brother Josh, 25, and his wife Anna, 25, as well as their daughter, Mackynzie, 4, and sons Michael, 2, and Marcus, 8 months – the couple still had much to celebrate.

After the rehearsal, guests dined on a barbecue buffet of brisket, chicken legs, baked beans, hash brown casserole and deviled eggs with an ice cream sundae station offering dessert.

Family and guests shared favorite stories of Jill and her husband-to-be, and the youngest Duggar kids, along with Michelle, gave them handcrafted pottery gifts they'd created especially for the occasion. Several of Jill's younger siblings put together a movie reenactment of her engagement to Dillard that kept the audience laughing.


Keep running kids.
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tuggernuts 21st-Jun-2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
you're slacking
redsprings 21st-Jun-2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
Love how that one dude is cracking up.
hollis1975 21st-Jun-2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
ugh that is so gross.
bangorilla 21st-Jun-2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
looool the struggle must have been real
false_hate 21st-Jun-2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
This is comical, poor things.
pourtant 21st-Jun-2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
lol omg he looks like he's trying to suck her soul out
river1728 21st-Jun-2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
He moonlights as a dementor.
poetic_daze 21st-Jun-2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
thalassaemia 21st-Jun-2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Like a mule eating an apple.
carolina_girl85 21st-Jun-2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
I was just talking about this show last night with my husband!
lunchbag 21st-Jun-2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
2000 guests?!?!
letmebee 21st-Jun-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
Well, each family has like 50 people in it, so
nationalboner 21st-Jun-2014 02:31 pm (UTC)

We had 100 guests at my wedding last weekend, and even that was a bit crowded for my taste at times.
chocoiste 21st-Jun-2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
teamdowney 21st-Jun-2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats, bb! We are having 15 at our destination wedding and maybe 30 at a hometown reception a month later.
shiningautumn 21st-Jun-2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
I wonder whose footing the bill for all that tater tot casserole??
bossm 21st-Jun-2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
I never heard of such a big wedding. 500 hundred people was the biggest I have heard about.
godramaclub 21st-Jun-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
ifkr, i thought 94 at mine was a lot of people.
tifag 21st-Jun-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
I saw in one of the other episodes that had a huge wedding that the whole church goes. Even if you don't know them if you go to the same church your required to go. Something like that.
my_moloko 21st-Jun-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Here I thought Indian weddings were big. I've been to weddings with 1000 guests.
squirrelsarerad 21st-Jun-2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
that is ri-damn-diculous
lisaee 21st-Jun-2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
2000 guests? Jfc.

God I'm glad I live in a heathen city. I can't even begin to imagine marriage and babies in my early 20s.
godramaclub 21st-Jun-2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
a dude I'm friends with got hitched at 19. His missus was 21. i don't know how neither of them got cold feet
elementalamber 21st-Jun-2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I got married at 20 and I'm still married to the same guy at 32.

People CAN do it, but when I talk to young people about getting married I really stress that it's best to:

1. Live out on your own, away from your parents, for awhile first.
2. Have paid REAL bills, etc.

Those things teach you about yourself and real life. They aren't requirements, but at 20 I had already lived on my own in another state, had a job, etc, for 3 years. Otherwise, I would not have been ready.
k_byte 21st-Jun-2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
She's 23 and he's 25, that's pretty normal esp in their area of the country even for non-fundies. I do wish they wouldn't rush into having kids tho but of course they will
hoot 21st-Jun-2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I think he's cute. Dorky, but cute.
destroyedatsea 21st-Jun-2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
If he hit the gym he'd be cute. His concave chest is holding him back.
shiningautumn 21st-Jun-2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
they make a sweet couple tbh.
existential 21st-Jun-2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
If he wasn't so inbred looking maybe
mimic 21st-Jun-2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
He looks cute one minute and special the next.
lovedhurtlost 21st-Jun-2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Derpy Aaron Rodgers
theblackwidow 21st-Jun-2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
He's a skinny Aaron Rodgers...so YES
sallgoodman 21st-Jun-2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
Is she allowed to flaunt her ankles like that??
hoot 21st-Jun-2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm more concerned about the position of his arm in that photo that could allow for an accidental boob grazing.
sallgoodman 21st-Jun-2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
And that picture at the table...where are their hands?? Trollops, both of them
vatulele 21st-Jun-2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I was watching an episode the other day and I was shocked that the older girls were wearing knee length/slightly above skirts with no leggings.
vatulele 21st-Jun-2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
He's like a homely, straight version of Aaron Rodgers.
mammary_glands 21st-Jun-2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
who does she look like? she's missing the round squished barbie face the rest of her sisters have
letmebee 21st-Jun-2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
But did they practice the big kiss though?!?!
_______awshucks 21st-Jun-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
I feel like the first pic is missing something...

invisiblegirlx 21st-Jun-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
well they look happy. good for them
arwens 21st-Jun-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
i wonder if they know what foreplay is or any sexual positions besides missionary

probably not
keskt 21st-Jun-2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
That's what I always wonder about people like this lol- like will this girl ever have an orgasm in her life? Do they know what the clit is? Or will it just be the dude grunting and pumping on top of her for the entirety of their marriage?
sallgoodman 21st-Jun-2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
They'll probably learn like the rest of us did. Practice lol
arwens 21st-Jun-2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
for her sake i hope its not like that.
pamelalillian 21st-Jun-2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
I never masturbated before I had sex. I tried but it was never pleasurable until after sex.
I had freedom to look at/read stuff but when I actually had to put it into practice, I might as well have not known anything.

I also read sex manuals for Christians which are pretty informative (obvsly only married folks should be reading~) and I learned a lot about oral...and diff positions so... Maybe they got one of those?
callmeperhaps 21st-Jun-2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I feel like her parents have had a lot of sex though?
mammary_glands 21st-Jun-2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
quiverfull in the streets, freak in the sheets is the vibe i get from these creeps
hoot 21st-Jun-2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
tbh I have a little hope from these two just based on HugGate 2014. Maybe they'll break out of the craziness.
vatulele 21st-Jun-2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
And the hand grasping as Jill left Nepal.

I get the impression that his family is very religious but def not fundies/quiverfuls like hers. Hopefully she'll get exposure to the outside world while they're off doing missionary work.
pamelalillian 21st-Jun-2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Yassss hug gate

It won't happen for Jessa tho bc she don't even care...like the no touching rules seem to suit her just fine
hesaysheinlove 23rd-Jun-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
hug gate?
hoot 24th-Jun-2014 12:15 am (UTC)
They front-hugged before marriage, which is a no-no to them.

sooozie1982 21st-Jun-2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
sis needs a conditioning treatment for that straw on ha head
ellyrianna 21st-Jun-2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's a sight better than her mother's ramen noodle mess
knighthowl82 21st-Jun-2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
He reminds me of the crypt keeper.
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