The Robertsons are very vocal about their views on marriage, love, and the Lord. The couples of Duck Dynasty also have a tradition of marrying at a very young age. Just how young were they when they tied the knot? Let’s explore.
Different than the Norm
In the United States, the average age of first-time marriages is increasing. It has been reported that currently, the average age is 27.9 years old in the USA. It’s a bit higher in Germany where newlyweds are an average of 33 years old. It can also be noted that the average age of marriage for men tends always to be a few years older than the women.
Original Robertson Marriage
Deviating from the norm, the Robertson family typical marries very young. This tradition originated with patriarch Phil Robertson’s marriage to Kay Robertson. The couple admitted that their first wedding wasn’t on the books. Miss Kay was only 16 when she says she made a vow to God and Phil to spend their entire lives together. This happened on March 22, 1964. The family jokes that it was a “pioneer” wedding. The real legal wedding happened two years later, presumably because Miss Kay was then 18 years old. Miss Kay addressed the discrepancy to US Weekly by saying, “But I want to tell you something…My heart and my vow to God was true from the first day.”
Willie and Korie’s Big Day
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Willie Robertson is the current CEO of Duck Commander. He married his wife Korie Robertson when they were only 19 and 18 years old respectively. This is only a few years older than his mother and father! Their marriage took place in January of 1992 when the national average of marriage age was approximately 24 for women and 26 for men. However, the pair had met in elementary school so who can blame them for already knowing they wanted to be together forever!
Like Father Like Son
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Exactly like his father, John Luke Robertson wed Mary Kate McEacharn just last year at the ripe age of 19. That is 8 years younger than the national average! The couple was wed outside at the Robertson farm last year. The wedding aired on the hit TV series Duck Dynasty. Willie Robertson officiated, and many family members were in the wedding party. Both Mary Kate and John Luke have addressed their young age in their individual blogs.
Missy and Jase Robertson
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Jase Robertson married Missy in 1991. That year the national average for marriage was 26 years of age for men, and 23 for women. Jase was only 22 years old. They two are very open about their relationship. Jase and Missy have been honest about saving themselves for marriage. Jase told Fox News, “Yeah I’m proud of that. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my entire life.”
How young is too young to get married? It appears the Robertson family disagrees with the majority of the country.