Is There Such a Thing As
a Too-Long Engagement?

Etiquette, Proposals
round cut blue diamond engagement ring

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How long should you be engaged for? Who should you invite to your engagement party? Our experts have all the answers to your burning engagement-etiquette questions.

I'm planning on having a very long engagement. By the time I get married, I will have been engaged for over three years. Is this appropriate?

You can plan to be engaged as long as you want but you may not want to book any vendors or buy your wedding dress so far away from your wedding day. Styles and your own personal taste will change over the course of three years, so enjoy being engaged and start getting ideas from wedding Web sites and bridal magazines. Don't start signing contracts with vendors until about 12 to 18 months from your wedding date.

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