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How long should should a couple date before an engagement?

Jul 17th 2014

  • 1-6 Months - 6.6%
  • 7-12 Months - 24.0%
  • 1-2 Years - 31.4%
  • 3-4 Years - 3.4%
  • When the time feels right. - 33.0%
  • Other (comment below) - 1.6%

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November 21st, 2014 - Anne-1121035 said:

My parents total dating time counting their engagement was three months. Now, I don't like going that short, but heavens, I'm 31....I don't have alot of years left where I can have kids. And at 31, I know myself....and anyone older than me ought to know themselves. If you have to wait three years at my age....soemthing is wrong

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November 13th, 2014 - David-1092070 said:

I put 1 to 6,but it depends,,,,no one is an expert, except the couple's who have gone through it be engaged,stayed engage and lead to an lasting happy marraige,,,,being engaged with all the good adverbs and adjectives like trust, respect ,love, consideration,faith,being loyal! IT DEPENDS ON THE TWO INVOLVED!,AL I can say is being in a real loving commitment,lasting ,longterm, is a blessing,and a special gift in life!,,,tired of being a best man and never a groom!

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November 5th, 2014 - Joe-1149013 said:

My late wife and I waited 10 years. At first there was getting through college. then getting a job, then getting a job in the same area. but it was well worth the wait.

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October 13th, 2014 - Shanon-1141168 said:

My parents married after 90 days in the Church. I have never seen two people more in love they had 8 children and celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary ! My father was on his death bed and when my mom walked in the room his eyes still lit up. That wasn't the result of a perfect life but a life of struggles overcome. I know other couples who have dated 7 or 8 years and 5 years later are divorced. I think love and marriage are a decision of commitment. By not being sexual early in a relationship you spend that time getting to really know that person and like them for who they are. Only the 2 of you can know you level and understanding of commitment and if they are the same.

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September 21st, 2014 - Adam-1082780 said:

@Sandra, Catholics ARE Christian

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September 20th, 2014 - Alma-953915 said:

I think that it's important to get to know the person you're dating through experiences and not necessarily basing it off of years.

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September 20th, 2014 - Maricela-1023236 said:

It really depends. I know couples who married after 1-2 months and are still together 20-30-40 years later. I know other couples who married after 10 years of dating to only divorce 6 months later. Personally, I would prefer to marry after 2-3 years.

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Poll Demographics

1-6 Months (269 votes)
Overall Response
6.5%
Men
6.3%
Women
6.6%
18-25 yr olds
3.2%
26-35 yr olds
6.8%
36-50 yr olds
8.3%
51+ yr olds
6.2%
7-12 Months (1001 votes)
Overall Response
24.2%
Men
23.0%
Women
25.1%
18-25 yr olds
17.9%
26-35 yr olds
28.0%
36-50 yr olds
23.8%
51+ yr olds
24.0%
1-2 Years (1302 votes)
Overall Response
31.5%
Men
33.3%
Women
30.0%
18-25 yr olds
39.5%
26-35 yr olds
30.9%
36-50 yr olds
29.0%
51+ yr olds
30.4%
3-4 Years (134 votes)
Overall Response
3.2%
Men
4.1%
Women
2.5%
18-25 yr olds
5.5%
26-35 yr olds
3.1%
36-50 yr olds
2.8%
51+ yr olds
2.6%
When the time feels right. (1368 votes)
Overall Response
33.1%
Men
31.7%
Women
34.2%
18-25 yr olds
32.2%
26-35 yr olds
30.4%
36-50 yr olds
33.9%
51+ yr olds
35.1%
Other (comment below) (64 votes)
Overall Response
1.5%
Men
1.5%
Women
1.5%
18-25 yr olds
1.7%
26-35 yr olds
0.8%
36-50 yr olds
2.1%
51+ yr olds
1.7%