Once he’s popped the question, it’s time to start planning the wedding. While some couples might wait until something more important to them is sorted, others see engagement as a short road to marriage. There are plenty of reasons to have a long engagement, whether waiting to buy a house, saving money for the wedding, or finding that new job. But there are equally plenty of reasons to have a short engagement and get going with the wedding plans.

1/ Less Time Obsessing

The shorter your engagement, the less time you have to obsess over every little detail and decision for your wedding. Even the most organised brides can have a painstaking process when they’re planning their wedding and can become unsure of themselves. Giving yourself a shorter timeframe gives you the luxury of decisive decision-making, you don´t have time to agonise over little details so why bother with the stress? You might have less time to revel in the newly engaged glow but you'll probably be one of the most efficient brides in Ireland!

2/ Your Guest List Won’t Keep Changing

Similar to the details, the longer your engagement is, the more time you’ll inevitably spend pouring over your guest list. Not to mention how much longer you’ll spend discussing or rather arguing with your families over who should and shouldn’t be on the guest list. Even if you convince yourself to finish it as soon as possible (or decide not to touch it until a certain time), you’ll end up obsessing over who makes the cut. A short engagement ensures that you have a limited time to decide who’s going to be on the list.

3/ Your Wedding Won´t Take Over

Everyone knows that the wedding planning process takes over your life for the amount of time it takes to plan the wedding and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about that. However, it’s important to remember that the shorter the engagement, the less time your life will be taken over with wedding plans and ideas, vendor meetings and budget crunching.

4/ You Won’t Drown in Inspiration

We love looking at Pinterest and Instagram for wedding inspiration as much as the next bride-to-be, but sometimes too many options can weigh you down. When you’re looking for which theme, colour and dress style is the right one for you and your wedding, you can get a bit dizzy with all the options you have. With a short engagement, you’re under pressure to keep your mind focused and practical.

Brittany Loeffelholz

5/ You’ll Be Married Sooner!

You’re in a serious, long-term relationship, and the love of your life just popped the question. So why wait? The whole point of getting engaged is the part where you get married so you might be eager to do just that as soon as possible, rather than go through the whole drawn-out process of planning the wedding for the next year or more. What more could you want?

Patrick Partridge Photography