(Closed) Two year engagement

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
898 posts
Busy bee

To each their own, I know plenty of people who have long engagements because that’s what works best for them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have any experience with booking things that far in advanced, but I also don’t think it’s too far away to try…you should have some pretty clean pickings the sooner you start!   

Personally, I wanted to get married asap…the wedding couldn’t come quick enough! Enjoy your engagement!

Post # 3
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

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adventureready :  I’m a little confused. Are you in a two year enagement, as in he has already asked and have a date for the wedding, and you want to start planning for it?

If that’s the case, then yeah, go for it! You’re engaged, so you have every right to plan your wedding now. Having the extra time is only going to benefit you since you won’t feel like you’re in a rush to make decisions and you’ll have enough time to spread out tasks. 

I’m not even engaged yet and I have a list of venues, photographers, etc., ready to access when we’re ready to seriously plan. Right now we’re planning on a 2.5 year engagement and plan to start touring venues two years before the wedding date. I think it’s a good idea to lock in the big aspects as soon as you feel comfortable to.

Enjoy the wedding planning!

Post # 4
1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Our engagement was 26 months altogether. We purposely didn’t do anything wedding-related for the first 6 months, we just wanted to enjoy being engaged ๐Ÿ™‚ We booked big things like venue/photographer etc 18 months before, took the next 12 months off and started back planning 6 months before. So it was nice that we could do a few things here and there as we wanted, no stress or pressure.

And for me, 2 years flew by!

Post # 5
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

It’s not weird at all. In fact, it might be to your advantage. My preferred venue was already booked up for every single Saturday for 2017 by October 2016. I thought surely I’d be able to get a Saturday wedding date by booking a year in advance, but nope. So you have a good shot of getting exactly what you want since it’s so far out. smile

Post # 8
976 posts
Busy bee

Two years is about average. And it’s not too early….some venues in popular cities are fully booked over two years in advance! Start planning now!

Post # 9
817 posts
Busy bee

Two years is fine and yes you can start planning right now! That’s what we did, and while sometimes I wished we had gotten married sooner, it all worked out for us and we got to spend a little more time making decisions than we would have if we’d gotten married within a year instead. We booked our venue, photographer, and band within the first two months of being engaged, and spent the rest of the time spacing everything else out.

Post # 10
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I got engaged the end of novvember 2015, we’re 30 days out from our wedding. 

I had the venue booked in march of 2016. We started planning about 2-3 months after, it was easy to do things slowly but also take breaks from planning. 

It totally worked for us! 

Post # 11
2484 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

we’ll be engaged for about 19 months when we get married next year. 

Honestly, i’ve enjoyed the last 8 months just being engaged and being able to plan slowly. I don’t feel rushed, and right now I have a lot booked so I can kind of sit back and wait until the year mark to start really getting the planning going. 

Also, the timing allows us to get our finances in order and save up. 

Post # 12
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My engagement will be 28 months by the time we get married. Its worked for us, weddings are expensive especially when you sre paying for it yourself. We booked our venue first and have slowly booked the other vendors. That way we have had time to save and enjoy being engaged. Now with 8 months away I can slowly do all the DiY decor and we dont have to stress.

Post # 13
3477 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had an 18 month engagement and I started planning right away. We didn’t really consider it to be a “long engagement”, I know many couples in my social circles who were engaged for several years before getting married. Depending on where you are living or having your wedding, you may need to start planning more than a year in advance to get your first choice for dates/venues/photographers etc.! 

Post # 14
9867 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

You can definitely start planning now! As PPs have said, many places can be booked up to 18 months ahead so get in when you can!

As for a two year engagement being weird, with the wedding that far away, I don’t think it is. I think it’s quite common! Although I see it as short when comparing it with mine (I know I shouldn’t do that), and I’m jealous because mine has been over five and a half years already with hopefully under two to go!

Post # 15
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Our engagement will be a little under 26 months by the time we get married. We spent the first three months just enjoying being engaged. We booked our venue a little less than two years before our wedding date. It was a great decision for us because we were able to lock in what is the most popular date at our venue at 2016 pricing. We booked our photographer about 6 months later. For the past several months we’ve also been buying decor as we see it. It’s been nice to catch things when they are on sale and be able to really shop around for the best prices to make our vision come to life. Next step is my dress and our DJ. 

I would recommend a 2 year engagement to anyone! It gives you the time to really shop around and enjoy the experience. 

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