Why the Duggars Barely Have Any Food Served at Their Weddings

If you are familiar with the reality show that aired on the cable channel ‘TLC’ until 2015, ’19 Kids and Counting’ (formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting), then you are no stranger to the Duggars. The Duggar family with parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children: nine girls and ten boys, all of whose names begin with the letter ‘J,’ is one very different American family. While there are so many things to write about this family and their weird traditions, we have chosen to look into why they solely decide to serve snacks to guests during their wedding ceremonies.


We know the Duggars for the many strict traditional rules they love to uphold. Many have noticed that one of the unofficial rules is that the Duggars and their partners love to exchange their vows in front of a large group of people.

In Touch Weekly revealed how many people have been in attendance at Duggar weddings over the years, and it’s mind-blowing! From Josh Duggar’s nuptials to Anna which had about 300 guests to Jill Duggar’s wedding to Derick Dillard which had around 2,000 people— the Duggars sure finds pleasure in a big wedding crowd.

Considering how large the Duggar family is, their close and extended family members alone make up over 100 guests, the publication notes. A Reddit user also provided an explanation on why they have so many people at their weddings.

“I read on here before that say for instance if they know 100 people, then that would automatically be 200 people since it's usually a Mr & Mrs invite. ALL those couples could have anywhere in between 1-10 children on average (and if any of those children are also married then the grandchildren, etc.), which then adds it up to 1,000+ soon enough...”

Also, with the family's close relationship with the church— they are devoted Baptist— it’s possible that the whole congregation is always invited to the nuptials. Since the recent Duggar wedding had at least 1,000 guests in attendance, it is likely that the family will continue this trend for future wedding ceremonies.

Knowing lots of folks has also been an advantage to the family during their wedding ceremonies. TLC.com  reveals that the family's friends help out with preparing the edibles for the big day.

“The volunteer friends and family members helped make more than 600 cupcakes, 3,000 chocolate-chip cookies and 3,000 root-beer floats for the "Sweet and Salty" wedding reception.”


Having a family as large as the Duggars would require almost anyone to tread the path of frugality; which in reality isn't such a bad thing.

Reportedly, Jim Bob disclosed that they keep each wedding's budget at $10,000 to $20,000. With this amount, it will be a herculean task to feed about 1,000 guests with a full meal. In light of this revelation, some fans of the Duggar family have noticed that the guests are primarily fed snacks on the big day. This is usually the only food made available. A Reddit user who slammed the Duggars for their thrifty nature wrote:

“FOOD for all your guests is what gets you into the big numbers. For most weddings, the food budget is the biggest.  The Duggars straight up don’t feed their guests. If you are hosting an event where your loved ones have to travel and spend time, money, and energy on you, it is absolutely incumbent upon you to d*** well feed them.”

Another Reddit user added:

“I was rewatching Joy’s episodes up to her wedding, and I will never get over the fact that she said that popcorn, pretzels and other snacks were ‘food’ for her guests.”

Although fans seem to understand that the Duggars giving a full meal to everyone at their wedding would cost a whole lot, some of them still dislike the act of making only snacks available for their wedding guests. Well, we can not blame the family. Increasing the budget for their weddings could make things quite uncomfortable for the thrifty Duggars.


Even though it's evident that many fans find the Duggar’s tradition of not having any real food at their weddings bizarre, it could just be one of the family's cultural values that they have chosen to abide by.

Read More: ‘Counting On’: Fans Think Jessa Duggar is Unhappy in Her Marriage

A Reddit user shared theory as to why the family provides no meal for their wedding attendees, and we think it makes sense.

“Every wedding they go to is probably done on the cheap, Michaela Bates had sandwiches at her wedding. So by their standards/expectations, the food they provide is fine.”

Read More: Fans Suspect Jill Duggar's Husband, Derick Dillard, Is No Longer Welcome in the Duggar Family Home

Another agreed writing:

“I think they’re just used to weddings being more casual. It seems to be the norm for fundies to have huge weddings with lots of people they’re probably not very close with, kids, babies, and casual receptions without full sit-down meals.”

Also, a user shared her insight about why the family has their weddings that way.

“It’s super common in the South, especially since the bride and groom are younger. Of two 20 or 21-year-olds are getting married, why waste money on a banquet? I’ve been to even a small wedding where there is more of an “afternoon tea” vibe with cake and light snack foods. A lot of people also make their own cake and have family members pitch in and bring food, so most Southern weddings don’t have caterer level food. It’s not really rude, but a way for the couple to not waste money on a single meal.”

The above theories could actually account for this long-standing tradition of the family. Also, the wedding guests seem not to mind, especially since the family's weddings guest list keeps increasing as more nuptials are held. It is almost certain that the Duggars will not be changing this rule anytime soon. What do you think about the Duggars providing no real food at their weddings? Do you have a theory for why they don't? We'll like to know what you think in the comment section. If you found this article interesting, share it with your friends and help them enjoy their day better.

Source: Cheat Sheet, In Touch Weekly, TLC

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