Hey! I’m a wedding planner so I have a lot of experience in this.
People will always have an opinion about the length of your engagement. Either too long or too short or they may “approve”. Lol.
The thing is, they’re also going to have opinions about your wedding, your relationship, your kids, etc. People are nosey. People have their opinion for what you should do based on how THEY feel about their own relationship. Example: if a girl is in no rush to get married or hasn’t been in the past, she’ll tell you takeyou’re time. But a girl who feels or felt in the past that she HAD toeve married to keep the relationship or thecouples just couldn’t wait 😉 will tell you to dive in!
The thing is though, it’s your life. You 2 are the ones joining for life. The human brain isn’t 100%dully developed until you’re 26 and between the ages of 18-25, women change so much it’s ridiculous. What you like, want, think and feel about most things in life is almost certain to change in those years. So I think the timeline you set for yourself is great!!! However, make sure you have premarital counseling no matter how long you’ve been together. 🙂
One piece of advice though, if you’re going to get engaged years before you will be wed, do NOT rush into the planning process!!!!!!!!
Wedding trends, gowns and ideas change SO much that if you book a vendor or buy something before the year mark, you’re very very likely to find something you like more later and regret your decision.
DO however, after you get engaged, set a date and set a date to start the planning process. Example: you set a wedding date for May 2016, then set a planning dateorg April 2015!!!!
This way when you begin planning out of the blue your face won’t feel pushed or surprised but you’ll still have time to get the venue, etc in time!!
Also, set a romantic date Goethe month prior to the planning beginning date so you 2 can reignite your excitement for the engagement and planning process!! As well as to both be on the same page!!!!