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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 - 24.1%
  • 1-2 Years - 31.3%
  • 3-4 Years - 3.4%
  • When the time feels right. - 33.0%
  • Other (comment below) - 1.6%

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December 11th, 2014 - Logan-1158099 said:

I think I would know when the time was right. It would depend on a lot of factors. But I do think it would take at least a year to know enough about a person. I wouldn't rush a wedding, ever.

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November 30th, 2014 - Isaac-1154826 said:

The best advice I heard was that you should have known and spent time with each other (Friendship or dating) for a year and a half to two years. In that time you have likely seen a wide range of emotions and situations that person has been in, and have seen how they react to you in various contexts. Of course there are always exceptions, but as a general outline, I like that timeline.

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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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Poll Demographics

1-6 Months (266 votes)
Overall Response
6.5%
Men
6.5%
Women
6.6%
18-25 yr olds
3.0%
26-35 yr olds
7.0%
36-50 yr olds
8.0%
51+ yr olds
6.3%
7-12 Months (998 votes)
Overall Response
24.4%
Men
23.1%
Women
25.6%
18-25 yr olds
19.0%
26-35 yr olds
27.9%
36-50 yr olds
24.0%
51+ yr olds
24.0%
1-2 Years (1276 votes)
Overall Response
31.2%
Men
33.1%
Women
29.6%
18-25 yr olds
38.5%
26-35 yr olds
30.8%
36-50 yr olds
29.1%
51+ yr olds
30.3%
3-4 Years (135 votes)
Overall Response
3.3%
Men
4.2%
Women
2.6%
18-25 yr olds
5.9%
26-35 yr olds
3.1%
36-50 yr olds
2.8%
51+ yr olds
2.8%
When the time feels right. (1349 votes)
Overall Response
33.0%
Men
31.6%
Women
34.2%
18-25 yr olds
31.9%
26-35 yr olds
30.5%
36-50 yr olds
34.0%
51+ yr olds
35.0%
Other (comment below) (62 votes)
Overall Response
1.5%
Men
1.6%
Women
1.5%
18-25 yr olds
1.8%
26-35 yr olds
0.7%
36-50 yr olds
2.2%
51+ yr olds
1.6%