It’s not unusual for the Duggar family to go to great lengths to keep the details of an upcoming wedding under wraps.
After all, there are tens of thousands of obsessive fans who would probably love to crash the Party of the Century.
Beyond their obvious fame, there’s the fact that their family, extended family and group of friends are already gargatuan.
With 900 or so guests in attendance, it might be quite some time before anyone noticed the interloper in their midst.
Yet the level of secrecy surrounding Josiah Duggar’s upcoming nuptials has been extreme, even by this family’s standards.
Shrouded in mystery the likes of which we’ve never seen before, fans are beginning to wonder what they have to hide.
Josiah got engaged to Lauren Swanson back in March, and the couple was originally scheduled for a June wedding.
As we’ve learned from Josiah’s older siblings in the last few years, Duggar courtships generally move very fast,
After all, in the Duggars’ world, time that’s not spent procreating once one reaches sexual maturity is time wasted.
With that said, the planning process was underway and Josiah and Lauren were reportedly eager to tie the knot.
Until the unexpected happened …
Without explanation, Josiah and Lauren postponed their wedding, pushing it all the way back to New Year’s Eve.
Yes, without warning, the couple decided to stay the wedding by six months. Which is like years in Duggar terms.
For context, it would not be unusual for Duggar couples to meet, court, and get married in less than six months.
The situation has fans particularly concerned.
For obvious reasons, this is a bit of a different situation than usual. Unlike his siblings, Josiah has courted before.
The 21-year-old was briefly in a relationship with Marjorie Jackson, but they quietly went their separate ways.
That made young Josiah the first Duggar of his generation to enter a courtship that didn’t end in marriage.
Is this a case of history repeating itself, or did Josiah and Lauren mutually decide to push their wedding date back?
At this point, it seems to be the latter, as pre-wedding festivities that were planned before the postponement are currently underway.
Yes, as In Touch Weekly reports, Josiah’s bachelor party took place last week, and the event was not what fans expected.
For one thing, a Duggar was permitted to even have a bachelor party, proving once again that Josiah is the family rebel.
On top of that, the party was a massive affair.
Complete with some of the Duggar’s famous friends in attendance, this soiree will go down in the history books.
Lawson Bates hung out with Anna Duggar, and fans suspect the rest of the Bates family was there, as well.
Needless to say, this wasn’t your typical bachelor party.
Children were in attendance, and it was a very family-friendly affair – but that should go without saying when you’re talking about the Duggars.
Of course, the odd timing and the massive guest list have left fans wondering if this was really a bachelor party … or something else entirely.
After all, who holds a bachelor party seven whole months before the wedding?
Rumors are already circulating that Josiah and Lauren used the occasion to announce to their assembled family and friends that they’ve decided not to get married.
That seems like a stretch, though.
Josiah may be the family rebel, but let’s be real for a second … at the end of the day, there’s only so much Jim Bob will tolerate.
As always, stay tuned, and watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s largest and most controversial family.