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4 advantages of a long engagement

14 October 2015, 17:34 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi -  Perks of short engagement:  you get the whole wedding drama out of the way and get it over and done with. You do not give each other time to marinate so you properly trap that person you want before they become clearheaded. I think that is just about it. People do not like long engagements but they have more perks than you give them credit for.

It gives you time and opportunity to think whether this is what you really want

Someone getting cold feet is normal but when they keep insisting to push the wedding date further and further away, let them. You may not like it but they just might have saved you. You would rather have someone break off and engagement rather than a marriage that will involve children and your money as well as investments. Some investment and money decisions you make them because you are married and thinking together: joint bank accounts, buying property and how you spend-it’s because you know you have a back up, them.

How well the two of you deal with pressure

Weddings and preparing for them, there is no two such couple that will agree on everything and spontaneously know what the other has in their mind that matches what they want. This is for the couples who had a whirlwind romance and have never lived together. They just decide I have met the one, so I am ready.  Do not rush into it, everybody is giving you a red flag because they know there is a lot more to marriage rather than the good times you two are used to when you just go on dates, events and gatherings.

Use that time to really think about the commitment you are about to give one person

People never think beyond the good feeling. You are choosing to wake up to the same face every day. If something happened to them or to you would they take care of you or they would dump you somewhere and move on with someone else. If you are a serial cheater, just think of how that other person will be able to deal with it or be broken by it. How about how it will affect your children? That up and down of forgiving 70*7 does not work with adultery.

You may end up realizing what you really thought was important for your wedding, is just a white elephant

In the time/ period you two are prepping, you start realizing some costs are not worth it because you actually have time to think on it and take it off the list. On the other hand, short engagement= a lot of impulse buying cause you are just rushing through a fantasy list. Then after the wedding you are banging your head on the wall.

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