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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 - 3.5%
  • When the time feels right. - 32.9%
  • Other (comment below) - 1.6%

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March 10th, 2015 - Mary-1166733 said:

I am a widow who was married 41 years. We only dated six months before our wedding. We never had an engagement. We got married at 19 and just knew we were ready. It depends on the relationship. You know when you are ready, whether it is six month, a year or longer. Mary

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March 1st, 2015 - Schantell-1185743 said:

When the time feels right but atleast get to know each other for a couple years.

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December 29th, 2014 - Ian-1049404 said:

Mind you guys, even after spending "ages" with someone, who you think you totally know, you'd be surprised that there are still things that you still haven't discovered that might come out from the closet & "bite" you. You'll know them best when your at your worst. Time is irrelevant, constancy is.

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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 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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Poll Demographics

1-6 Months (256 votes)
Overall Response
6.6%
Men
6.6%
Women
6.6%
18-25 yr olds
4.1%
26-35 yr olds
6.6%
36-50 yr olds
8.2%
51+ yr olds
6.2%
7-12 Months (954 votes)
Overall Response
24.6%
Men
23.2%
Women
25.7%
18-25 yr olds
19.3%
26-35 yr olds
27.2%
36-50 yr olds
24.4%
51+ yr olds
24.4%
1-2 Years (1201 votes)
Overall Response
30.9%
Men
33.4%
Women
28.9%
18-25 yr olds
36.7%
26-35 yr olds
30.9%
36-50 yr olds
28.9%
51+ yr olds
30.4%
3-4 Years (130 votes)
Overall Response
3.3%
Men
4.1%
Women
2.7%
18-25 yr olds
6.7%
26-35 yr olds
3.2%
36-50 yr olds
2.8%
51+ yr olds
2.6%
When the time feels right. (1286 votes)
Overall Response
33.1%
Men
31.2%
Women
34.7%
18-25 yr olds
31.6%
26-35 yr olds
31.2%
36-50 yr olds
33.6%
51+ yr olds
35.0%
Other (comment below) (58 votes)
Overall Response
1.5%
Men
1.5%
Women
1.5%
18-25 yr olds
1.6%
26-35 yr olds
0.8%
36-50 yr olds
2.1%
51+ yr olds
1.5%