How Jessa Duggar Broke Major Traditions at Her Wedding

A wedding day often marks one of the biggest days in a person’s life — and the Duggars take marriage extra seriously. It’s no secret that the Duggar family abides by some seriously strict rules, especially when it comes to dating. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents of their 19 famous children, are fundamentalist Christians who believe kissing, holding hands, and frontal hugging are all best saved for a couple’s wedding day and beyond.

Jessa Duggar has been a fan favorite for years, and everyone was excited when she announced her engagement to husband Ben Seewald. The couple is now happily married, and she’s pregnant with their third child — but we can’t forget how she broke major traditions on her wedding day.

Jessa went with a blush pink dress instead of white

When it comes to iconic wedding looks, most think of the bride in a beautiful white dress. Jessa decided to go with a different look altogether, however. Instead of classic white, Brides reminds us she wore a blush pink ball gown with a Swarovski crystal and pearl-beaded bodice.

Jessa clearly loved the dress when she saw it, but there was another reason she went for the blush gown instead of white — and it had everything to do with wanting to go a different route than the typical. As she revealed on TV, “I don’t want to have the exact same dress as Jill. Our weddings are pretty close together, so I thought it might be fun to have something just a little bit different.” While Jim Bob and Michelle most likely envisioned her in white, they seemed totally OK with her going her own way this time as long as she kept up with the other Duggar traditions, like keeping her first kiss for her big day.

She also didn’t have a traditional cake

A white dress is just as iconic as a big wedding cake — and Jessa decided to go her own way with this, too. Instead of a classic cake, People reports Jessa and Ben decided to have ice cream sundaes instead. Guests could create their own dessert with ice cream, brownies, and other toppings that included chocolate, caramel, and cookies. As Jessa told the publication, “I don’t really like cake,” so the sundae bar was a real crowd pleaser.

Considering how many people are invited to a Duggar wedding, an ice cream bar also makes perfect sense. In Touch Weekly notes there were around 1,000 people in attendance at Jessa’s wedding, which would have required a seriously huge cake. Since so many people are invited to the nuptials, the Duggars are also known for keeping things cheap with light finger food instead of meals as well — and Jessa certainly isn’t the only Duggar to forgo a cake, either.

Her wedding kiss was anything but ordinary

Everyone was excited for the biggest moment of Jessa and Ben’s life — their first kiss. Traditionally in the Duggar family, the couple is announced as man and wife, and that’s followed by a kiss witnessed by at least a thousand (literally) of their guests — but Jessa and Ben went their own way. They wanted their first kiss to be just between the two of them, so when Pastor Mike Schadt made his announcement, the two ran out of the church to go have their kiss away from everyone. As the pastor told People, “They wanted their very first kiss ever to be in private. It was important to the both of them.”

Ben and Jessa rejoined the crowd waiting for them shortly after a little bit of alone time, however — and everyone got to witness them kiss (and Jim Bob and Michelle kiss) after that. We have yet to see another Duggar run from the stage on their wedding day, but perhaps that will be a new tradition in the family.

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