Years dating before marriage statistics
And both of those were much quicker courtships that led to marriage. And a lot of it has to do with timing and what you want from said relationship.
If you feel like you’ve found your match, it’s up to you to discuss with your partner the “ideal” amount of time you are both comfortable waiting before taking that next big step…and maybe that step is living together first.
When you’re young, you feel like time is limitless and you can squander it all you want. Set a limit on how long you’re willing to patiently wait? Maybe you want to be young, hip parents, so marriage and children are on the brain sooner.
Then suddenly, college and your 20s are gone, life gives you a reality check, and you may find yourself in a position where time is not on your side. You don’t want to rush, but you think you’ve found “The One” and time keeps ticking by. Or, maybe you don’t know how you feel about marriage or if you even want it.
Then, waiting and dating longer feels comfortable and is the right thing to do.
Being honest with ourselves, we know that every relationship has its own path.
So, be open and be honest with your partner about your feelings.
Any partner worth their salt will respect your opinion. Some things are worth the wait and others may require compromise.
I have friends who dated many, many years prior to getting hitched.
Typically, these people also met very young and dated several years (or more) before taking that next step into marriage.
Just over a year later they are now engaged and ready to begin their life together.