After being engaged for nearly 2 years (with another 8 months to go), I can honestly say that a long engagement is both a good and bad thing. There are times when it’s been great, and times when I’ve been frustrated and wondered “Can we just BE MARRIED already?!”
Pro – Plenty of Time
– Time to Enjoy Us – Being in grad school has the tendency to monopolize my time outside of my full-time work, and having a part-time job just pushes me over the edge some days. Therefore, having a long engagement was kind of necessary for me to be able to manage everything without completely losing my mind. We took advantage of the time and wanted to just enjoy being engaged before we started planning – so we didn’t make any wedding moves for nearly 6 months after we got engaged. Obviously we never could have done that if we had a more typical engagement.