This may reflect growing trends in the delay of marriage.
Much has changed in the last thirty years, and those in my study are still reporting general satisfaction in their marriages.
Also there was good news from the couples, 95% (who is in that 5%? ) of whom recommended getting married and 85% said it only made their relationship stronger.
I get asked a lot of relationship-themed questions given where I work, and one of them is from women with boyfriends who want to know how long to wait for the ring.
The issue of how long to wait for the ring might be a decision point for you.
Then were engaged for 1.67 years (20 months) before getting married.These aren’t women who have been dating for two months, but rather women who are in long-term relationships.They have seemingly great mates who have jobs and call their moms and open doors to restaurants- but haven’t yet popped the question.It’s a tricky question, knowing when it’s the perfect time to get engaged.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?What do these timelines mean for you still waiting for your man to propose?I’m a believer that couples can have independent timetables from those stated above depending on their circumstances, but partners need to have a mutual agreement and understanding about the future timeline of the relationship in order to survive- and that agreement needs to be upheld.However, if you are asking yourself “when is he going to propose already?! You’ve probably picked up on an inequity in he relationship, and one (or more) of your needs is not being met.You might even be filling your thoughts with anxiety and frustration about the future of your relationship.These couples usually made it to their seventh anniversary before divorcing sometime later.Is there a difference between couples that met recently and those in Huston’s study?