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The Length of Your Engagement: To Prolong Wedding Planning or Just Get it Over With?

How long should your engagement last? If it’s less than four months then she looks knocked up. If it’s more than two years then people will smile and nod…and behind your backs they’ll roll their eyes, gossip, place bets on your dissolution, and think twice about sending gifts. The sweet spot is between twelve and eighteen months. And unlike much of wedding planning, you actually have some input in this decision. So carefully consider the Pros and Cons of a longer engagement. Form an opinion.

pro

You're still a free man

It’s cooler to say you’re engaged than to say you’re married. And, as with most everything, the best part is the build-up, the anticipation, the hype. (Think The Phantom Menace.)

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con

You're kidding yourself

Face it. There's no change in "freedom." You’re just as monogamous now as you’ll be when married. You’ve already committed. The time for cold feet has passed. Since you’ve already decided to get married, you might as well, you know, get married. And don’t worry: marriage doesn’t have Jar-Jar.

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pro

YOU HAVE MORE OPTIONS

This is the classic reason for pushing things out. If you have a two-year engagement, you’ll have first dibs on your ideal weekend, time of year, reception hall, band, and cake-baker. 

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con

You have more options

You have more options. By taking this long you will think, rethink, overthink, and change your mind every step of the way. If you target a weekend in 2014, then your bride will have time to contemplate a wedding in Puerto Vallarta, at the White House, or her grandmother’s eggplant garden. 

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pro

less stress

This is actually true…to a point. If you only have 1-4 months, then yes, you’ll be under the gun, sweating vendors, and flummoxed by scheduling conflicts. But far more likely… 

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con

More stress for a looooonng time

Wedding planning is like democracy and gas molecules: it will gobble up whatever time and space you give it. Think back to when your college professor would assign you an essay. If your professor gives you two days, then you’ll crack a Red Bull and bang the sucker out; if he gives you two months then you’ll procrastinate, stress, blow it off, feel guilty, start writing, rewatch The Departed, stress, get pissed drunk with Chucky, procrastinate, panic, think about asking your professor for an extension, stress, then you’ll crack a Red Bull and bang the sucker out. Two months doesn’t yield a better essay; it yields a bigger headache.

pro

You can save money

Fair point. If times are lean and you’re shouldering the bill, then a long engagement will let you squirrel away some cash.

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con

your money's tied up

If your wedding isn’t for another two years, then that could delay, potentially, any big-ticket investments.

pro

you still have time to call it off

This is the #1 complaint we hear from women: that their fiances say they don't care, but then, after months of gloomy silence, they criticize at the last second without offering anything constructive. It's a fair complaint. To keep good Groom Karma, every once in a while you must offer some positive suggestions, take a stand, and, if you must, fake enthusiasm. (You think she hasn't?) 

con

The last pro was bullshit

Let’s just debunk this myth right here, right now. Just in case you were confused before, we’ll be more explicit: the die has been cast. Guys always say, “Oh, I’ll just have a longer engagement, because then I still have time to back out.” It never happens. If you want to push things off, the time to do that is before she forces you to pop the question. Trust us, we have dealt with ultimatums

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In a nutshell? More time being engaged doesn’t give you any more freedom; it means you waste more time planning a wedding. Think about it.

Regardless of when you plan your wedding, you'll need to start interacting more with her parents. Joy. Learn how to fool them.


 

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