Many girls dream of their partner getting down on one knee and proposing while sliding a beautiful stone down their finger.But once couples decide to get engaged, how long should it last?

Typically, couples are engaged for five to 12 months before getting married.However, some have been engaged for more than a year and have postponed their wedding.They are motivated by a variety of reasons, such as long-distance relationships, or the fact that one of them hasn't graduated, or is still pursuing a mature career.What eare the pros and cons of a long-term engagement.Let's break it down.

The pros:

You can take your time
If you’re not actually tying the knot for awhile, you can really enjoy the engagement and move slowly when planning the event.

You can book far in advance
Is there a venue that you’ve always dreamed of getting married in? If so, a long engagement will hopefully give you time to book a date there far in advance.

You can experiment with DIY
If you’re a crafter at heart, you’ll have plenty of time to experiment with various wedding-inspired DIY projects.

Time to save
Having a long engagement allows you and your other half to save up for the wedding of your dreams.

The cons:

You may second guess yourself
Because you have the privilege of being able to take your time making decisions, it’s not unusual to rethink your choices.

Friends get married before you
Sometimes friends get engaged around the same time as you, but then tie the knot way earlier than you and your fiance.But it’s important to keep in mind that you and your spouse-to​-be are simply on your own timeline – and that’s more than OK.

Wedding trends change
What may be in style when you get engaged might no longer be all the rage when you actually walk down the aisle.