After getting engaged you will no doubt want to spend some time celebrating and enjoying the time together as a newly engaged couple. Once you are ready to start the planning there will be one main question to answer first, do you want a long or short term engagement? There are a number of benefits to both types and it is a matter of personal preference to which one you choose.

Choosing a Short Engagement

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou may be a couple that like to live in the moment and will therefore benefit from a short engagement. A spontaneous wedding can be exciting and full of surprises for the guests as well as yourselves. Weddings that are arranged in a matter of months or even weeks can be achieved and have even sparked programs such as ‘Don’t Tell the Bride,’ in which the groom arranges the nuptials in only three weeks. This can often be very stressful but by compacting the time spent on the organization you will save yourself a huge amount of worry in the long run.

You may have circumstances which alter the time constraints for you to get married such as a family member suffering with illness. You also may be getting married later on in life and simply do not see the point of waiting around. This way you can enjoy married life for even longer and make the most of the time you have together.

You may be under the impression that by having a long engagement, that you will be able to save money and get certain deals. However, if a venue has a slot that has become available unexpectedly, they will be concerned about it being left untaken. You may therefore be able to knock their regular price down significantly, grabbing yourself a bargain.

One further benefit of a short engagement is being able to keep on trend. Fashions and styles change at a fast pace and it can often be hard to keep up. Therefore, choosing your colour scheme and outfits years before the actual event could be a huge mistake when further down the line you see them as old fashioned.

Choosing a Long Engagement

You can alternatively pick a long engagement which has a range of benefits to both the couple and also the guests. It can often be difficult to find a date soon after becoming engaged which everyone can attend. Therefore, by having the wedding later on you can give plenty of notice to all of the people who are special to you so that they will be sure to make it.

If you are the laid back type, a long engagement could be just right for you. You will have plenty of time to make the arrangements as and when you wish, giving you time to really consider what you want from the occasion. You will be able to visit a variety of venues so that you can get an idea of exactly where you want the nuptials to take place. It will also allow you to get the date that you were hoping for as they are far less likely to be booked already.

With a lot of the wedding depending on budget, stretching out the time before the big day will give you and your other half time to save so that you can have exactly the day you have always dreamt of. This will also be highly beneficial if there are any money mishaps that occur unexpectedly. It can be very hard to recover from these with a shorter engagement and can cause excess stress.

Whatever option you choose, it depends on your personal preference and the needs of your relationship. With benefits to both options, the main thing to bear in mind is to enjoy the time and make the most of being the bride and groom to be.


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This post was written by Amy Bennett who recently got engaged to her long term boyfriend. Choosing a short engagement was an easy decision after 8 years together and after seeing her beautiful ring from 247 Engagement Rings, she can’t wait to get a wedding ring to match.