“Even if we recognize what we don’t like about our date or partner, we can sweep those things aside and minimize their importance because of infatuation, but when it fades, that’s when those things can potentially become problematic.” So while 12 to 18 months is just an estimate, the most important thing here is that you’ve been together long enough to take off those rose-colored glasses.
And even though there are no official “rules” about how long you should date, there are some milestones you probably want to get to before taking the plunge.
At the same time, it can be really hard to know when it’s the right time to start talking about a bigger commitment with your S.
O., especially if you’re yet to have the money, living together and “do you want kids? That’s why we tapped experts to find out what the rules are on how long you should be together before you walk down the aisle. First off, there’s no hard-and-fast minimum time requirement for deciding when to get married.
Marriages are becoming stronger than ever, relationships happier and more committed than ever, and couples more independent and consensual in their decisions than ever," Shephard said in a release.
While people should be married when they feel the time is right, it is heartening to see that people are taking their commitment seriously and feeling more confident about their decisions.
Now I can’t say that I recommend an eight-day engagement, but we’re curious to know what you think about the length of courtships and engagements.
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The average bride and groom will have had two serious relationships before settling down.
The study also revealed that this generation no longer feels compelled to tie the knot, unlike many of our parents, with 83% saying they felt no pressure to marry and 84% having discussed it before the proposal.