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Tying the Knot: A Year in the Making

5 Advantages of Having Long Engagements

 

While a long engagement may seem like a tiresome affair, keeping a few years between your engagement and wedding can actually be beneficial. Aside from giving you enough time to perfectly plan out your wedding, it’ll also allow you to understand and know more about your partner. So before you get swayed to tie the knot a few months after your engagement, we’ve listed down a few reasons why you should consider having a long engagement period instead.

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1.       You Have Higher Chances of Following Your Budget

With a long engagement, you’ll have enough time to see everything related to wedding on Instagram and Pinterest, and then plan your budget accordingly. You’ll also have all the time in the world to look for better (and cheaper) alternatives on décors or packages that go over your budget. With this, you won’t have any regrets and last-minute compromises.

2.       You Get to Plan Down to the Smallest Detail

Most bride-to-be’s prefer having long engagements as it allows them to go over even the most intricate detail of their wedding. From the placement of the flowers to the venue and to earrings, you’ll have the control over everything instead of trusting someone else do it for you.

3.       You Can Hire Vendors Early at a Reasonable Price

Since you have the luxury of time to think about what you really want for your wedding, you’ll have the advantage of choosing your vendors accordingly. If the florist your wedding planner suggested doesn’t have the kind of flowers that you want, you have the luxury of time to find and hire someone else. If you plan to have a custom-designed wedding gown and tux, you can browse through hundreds of bridal collections and choose the exact design that you want.

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4.       You Can Ponder Over Who’s Included in Your Guest List

Not being pressed for time allows you to have lengthy discussions with your partner and parents as to who gets invited on your wedding day. Plus, there’s a lower chance of you forgetting to invite someone important, since you can take as many days as you want to finalize your guest list.

5.       You Can Save for Your Dream Honeymoon

Aside from saving up for you actual wedding, having a long engagement also lets you save up for your dream honeymoon destination. Rather than following the advice of the travel agent, you can check on different places online or ask your friends for good recommendations. If you want, you can even scout the place before your wedding to ensure that your honeymoon goes just how you imagined it to be.

Other than allowing you to plan your wedding down to the smallest detail, having a long engagement also prepares you for the married life itself. So enjoy your “engaged” status as much as you can, because as they say, you’ll only be a fiancé once.

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