According to “The Knot,” a wedding planning website, the average length of an engagement is 14.5 months. Everyone is different, this is just an average. Some folks meet and are married within the month and others are engaged for five or more years. It is all contingent on your relationship and the situations that surround you.
“Having a longer engagement to me also meant I was much more capable of staying within the budget since I had more time to plan and pick vendors,” — birdybride2014, knot user
There are many factors that go into deciding what the correct amount of time for your engagement is. Typically a couple would chose to be engaged for about a year. This way you have time to book a venue, secure vendors, and give your guests ample time to plan attendance. And engagements are not just wedding planning. There are bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, dress shopping, tux fittings, so many different events leading up to the big day that also take time and planning. If you chose to have all of these you will at least need to be engaged for six or more months so that you are not just throwing a series of parties all in a row!
Another factor that plays into the length of your engagement is family. If a loved one that you want to attend your wedding has fallen ill then you are more apt to speed up the wedding date so that they can be in attendance. Also, family can be spread out throughout the country so travel dates are important as well. It is funny that you think weddings are about the bride and groom but at the end of the day there are a lot of logistics to wedding planning that include factors aside from the betrothed.