Post # 32
Short! I had a 10 month engagement and that was more than enough time to plan (I had multiple months in the middle where zero wedding planning occured and still we had more than enough time). We got our first choice vendors for everything (church, reception/caterer, cake, florist, DJ, photographer) too despite it being a Saturday, summertime wedding. I think I’d go crazy with a 1 year and 7 month engagement.
Post # 33
It seems like you want to have the shorter engagement, so do that. For the record, I do not think that an engagement of almost a year is short! If you are very picky about vendors, then maybe 10 months could be pushing it, but if you’re not it should be plenty enough time. I was engaged for 16 months and I still did not book some big vendors (like the photographer and officiant) until 8 months out.
Post # 34
Short! We got engaged November 6th and we’re getting married July 30th. We have been together for five years now (living together 2.5) so that definitely factored into the shorter engagement. I wasn’t able to get the chapel I wanted because all the long-engagement girls had already booked it 🙁 But I was able to find something just as nice so it worked out. I say do it sooner if you don’t have to save up for anything.
Post # 35
I would go for the shorter one. We are having a 2.5 year engagement (it’s already been a year so far) and trust me, I wish we were getting married sooner. We’re only waiting so long because we want to wait until I graduate nursing school and we would like to save up more money for the wedding. I’m starting to get impatient!
Post # 36
Thanks everyone for the advice! We finally decided on our wedding date..May 19, 2012. It is a while away but we are able to have more friends and family attend, get first choice in vendors, and both search for new jobs. I can always house-hunt during our wedding-planning downtime!