On average, a person spends 2/3rds of their life with their spouse, so it's a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Facts and number aside, It's a personal decision, and you'll know if and when the time is right for you.
Dating time before engagement
Although this is the average age, most ladies are independent women at this point. 5% of respondents in our survey were over 40 years old.
Marriage is forever, so no need to rush into anything.
So..have a pet together, and you're wondering if that makes you any more ready to take the next step. 50% of people who got engaged had pets, and 50% didn't. Even more interesting are the statistics that break down by region. And because of this, you may have multiple groups of friends on completely different timelines.
Our statistics reveal that if you do, things are on your side.
No matter where in the US you live, women, on average, get engaged about 2 years earlier than men.
The one place there is a slight difference in overall age is the northeast where both men and women get engaged about a year later than the rest of the country.
Maybe you've been together for two weeks, or maybe it's been eight years, but if marriage is a goal for both of you, when is the best time to make that happen? Researchers at Emory University surveyed over 3,000 people in the United States who are or have been married about various aspects of their dating, their engagements, and their weddings (Francis-Tan & Mialon, 2015).
As idiosyncratic as romantic couples and their experiences are, scientists who study relationship processes are aware of questions that couples grapple with as they consider their future: When should a couple get married? Although their primary focus was the costs of a wedding, they included other factors predicting marital dissolution.
But these suggested time frames can't possibly apply to everyone.
If a couple meets at age 21, that's different from meeting at 31, which itself provides a different context from meeting at 41.
The South leads the charge on the youngest brides with 47% of women getting engaged before they're 24. It doesn’t mean a younger man’s proposal isn’t from the heart but it’s also interesting to note how men 35 and above take the lead.