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  • I have an old issue of Modern Bride which mentions in an article that an "average engagement" lasts one or two years. (That's a pretty wide scale for an average!) The Knot.com suggests in several places that one year is pretty standard (such as here: http://www.theknot.com/ch_article.html?Object=AI990614152834&keywordID=167&keywordType=2&parentID=533). As a bride-to-be myself, I can tell you that most bridal magazines, wedding planning books, and wedding websites suggest one year as the normal amount of time you should allow yourself for planning your wedding. I would suggest however that if a couple has been together a long time, a brief engagement is not out of order. If, on the other hand, a couple has been together for a short time, they may want to be engaged for longer so that they can get to know each other better.
  • Before one entertains the idea of "engagement", they should be fully committed to "marraige" and know enough about their partner to accept them as they are in that moment. The purpose of an engagement is to formally plan, save and brag to everyone about the depth of their love. 1 year is normally sufficient, but because of variables up to two years can work as well. I haven't asked my girl yet, but for us it will probably be two.
  • 14.5 months
    • beaker95
      Same as pregnancy, then.
    • Linda Joy
      Maybe for an elephant.
  • Mine was four months.

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