Dating time before engagement
These statistics and averages, based on information provided by voluntary parties, can provide a peek into how long a couple typically dates before popping the question.
Each relationship is unique and will take different amounts of time to reach the point where you’re ready for the next step. and Wedding Vibe who helped us conduct the survey and analyze the data.
For the age group of those over 35 years old when they were proposed to, there was a significant trend in the Midwest, with 50% of respondents stating they dated for less than a year before they got engaged.
In the South and West regions, data is split fairly evenly amongst the three categories, while in the Northeast over half of the respondents dated for over three years before getting engaged.
When you’re in a serious relationship and feel like you’re ready to commit to marriage, every additional month of waiting can feel like an eternity.
Further, the fact that women who get engaged at 35 or older tend to date for a shorter period of time than those aged 21 to 35 falls in line the concept that as you get older and become more experienced, you know what you want and what you’re looking for.
Brides who were engaged at the age of 20 or younger are likely to date the shortest amount of time before getting engaged (29 months, or 2.42 years).
On the other hand, brides who were engaged at the age of 35 or older dated an average of 40 months, or 3.33 years.
We included the location factor to see how these relationships varied across regions as well.
Our results provided an interesting insight into the way couples behave all over the United States.
The average of over three and a half years of dating before the proposal is a significant amount more than other publications have determined.
(We're guessing financial reasons are behind the decision for many couples.)We're also getting married far later in life now than the previous generation, with the average first-time bride now 30.8 and groom 32.7 years old, compared with 22.6 and 24.6 years old in 1971, respectively.
These days, the average bride and groom will also have had two serious relationships before settling down.
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This breaks down as 1.4 years (17 months) of dating before moving in together, living together for 1.83 years (22 months) before getting engaged, and spending 1.67 years (20 months) engaged before getting married.