This past week marked the 1 year anniversary of our engagement, and as we are rounding the corner towards the wedding, I am so grateful we have had such a long engagement. It wasn’t quite intentional, but we knew we wanted to get married at my beach club, and a February engagement didn’t make fall/late summer wedding possible given the available dates. While 19 months seems like a while, I am really happy we have had the past year to just be engaged, and still have a few more months ahead of us.
The long engagement has given us a lot of time – obviously – but has allowed us to spend the time enjoying being engaged and spacing out the planning, rather than focusing more on the planning than being together and savoring it. We picked our date right after we got engaged, and by the end of the week we had our venue, church, priest, and band. With the big items done, we were able to totally relax by the weekend. I don’t think I thought about wedding planning for a while after that!
Having a long time to plan also allowed us a lot of time to save money for the honeymoon! Weddings and honeymoons, and all of the surrounding events etc. get really expensive! With the extra time to squirrel away some cash, we are planning some fun stuff in both 2016 and 2017!
We have also been able to get all of the big things out of the way (place, photographers, dress etc) so that we can spend some time on the small things like a gorgeous monogram and other little details that will really make the wedding Ellie and Tim. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that the majority of the wedding planning has been made easy breezy by having my mother, the indomitable wedding planner herself, helping us out along the way! Thanks Mom!
Considering a long engagement? Go for it! I wouldn’t have done it any other way!