Normal dating period before marriage
Modern couples are rewriting the rulebook when it comes to weddings and marriage.
We're spending less on more unique and interesting engagement rings and waiting until later in our lives than previous generations to tie the knot.
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Women on average are getting married at almost 31 years old, while men are getting married at nearly 33 years old.
People's attitudes toward marriage are also considerably different now compared with previous generations'.
We don't feel compelled to tie the knot, unlike many of our parents, with 83% saying they felt no pressure to marry and 84% having discussed it before the proposal.
In that time we went through illnesses (one long one from a car accident), lengthy time apart, lengthy time together, and very high stress situations.
I feel it really did help us really know what we were getting into and how we handle different situations.