The year-long engagement has been the typical amount of time a couple gives themselves before taking the plunge. However, more and more often it seems like this is not a necessity. Some couples will choose to elope while others will take months and months before deciding on the perfect shade of peach. It all comes down to what will work for you. If you have a quicker engagement, you often will spend less money on unnecessary things. However, a longer engagement will allow you to spread out the tasks and expenses that come with a wedding. Just do what is going to be the right thing for you and the husband-to-be, and you will always have the memories.