Average length of time dating before getting engaged
And how long do people wait to get married after getting engaged?
A new survey is shedding light on relationships milestones and how modern couples view marriage.
A massive 89% of us move into a shared flat or house together before we get married, which seems pretty sensible (how else are you supposed to check whether they’ve got a secret Joe Mc Eldrey fandom going on) but is a big cultural shift.
The average bride in 2017 is 30.8 years old, and the average groom is 32.7, which is nearly a deacade older than the average in 1971, when your standard first time bride was 22.6 years old, and the groom was a super young 24.6.
Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.
So, we surveyed 1,000 recently-engaged Weddington Way customers (all women), posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement?
While there is little variation in female engagement age in the West, Midwest and South, women in the Northeast get engaged slightly later: there is nearly a one year differential between them (27.8 years) and women in the South (26.9 years).
This is primarily driven by New York and Pennsylvania, where our average respondent’s engagement age hovered around 28 years old.
When you announce your engagement to the world, the goal is for people to be happy and excited, rather than thinking ‘about bloody time, it’s been literally decades’, or, even worse, ‘Wait, who’s the bloke holding the ring box in the photo?Only 19% of women in the Northeast get engaged at age 24 or younger.Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%.’ According to research from uk, who know quite a lot about weddings, and asked 4,000 brides, the average length of time in a relationship before you actually walked down the aisle, was 4.9 years.Getting married after 4.9 years averaged out as moving in together after 17 months, then living together for 22 months before getting engaged, and then finally spending 20 months living as an engaged couple before making it to the alter.