We typically have short engagements as compared to the rest of the world. 4 months is about the average that we see here at the Eldredge Manor. So let’s say that you want a beautiful reception, and the cultural hall, no matter how much you spend on decorations, doesn’t cut it for you. The problem is that the great reception centers are already booked for your weekend date and that the only ones available are cheesier than the cultural hall! In fact, you find out that your specific date was actually booked before you even met your fiancé! Funny as that sounds, it is not uncommon. Engagements for those outside our culture are anywhere from nine months to two years. Your man was just arriving in the mission field!