The average engagement lasts anywhere from 13-18 months—and for good reason. Whether it’s because of finances or location–or the desire to enjoy the time as a betrothed couple–there are some definite perks to a longer engagement.
1. There will be less stress. It makes sense that the more rushed you are, the more likely you’ll be to stress over the wedding planning. A longer engagement means you’ll can breathe easy and take your time with making important decisions about the day.
2. You can shop around for vendors. The extra time gives you the chance to interview vendors, look at their work, call references and negotiate on prices.
3. You’ll be able to secure the vendors you want. If you’re planning in advance, you don’t need to worry about your favorite vendors already being booked on your wedding day. All of the pros you want to work with should be ready and available.
4. You can save money. Not only will you have plenty of time to sock away money for the big day, but you can also save on vendors and wedding-related items. For example, most vendors raise their prices every year, so if you book them a year or more in advance, you’ll be getting their “old” rates. This could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
5. Your guests have more time to save the date. Once you book your date, you can notify your family and closest friends right away–the people you absolutely want to have at the wedding. This will give them plenty of time to book travel plans if needed, put in for days off at work, save for gifts, etc.
6. You can do some DIY. If you want to test your craftiness, you’ve got enough time to figure out what you want to take on, get the supplies needed and then actually pull it off!
7. You can enjoy the process. A longer engagement means that you and your fiancé can simply enjoy this special time–not just with wedding planning, but in planning out what you want your lives to be like as husband and wife.