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When to get married That's how long couples are together before they get married

Modern couples are rewriting the rules when it comes to marriage and marriage. We spend less on fancy and interesting engagement rings and wedding dresses and wait longer than the generations before us to get married.
Not only that, we also spend long periods of time in our relationships before we get married. According to a survey by Bridebook.co.uk of 4,000 recently married couples, the average couple spends 4.9 years in a relationship before getting married, which means we know our partners better than ever before the altar goes.
Broken down, that means 1.4 years (17 months) of dating before moving in together, living together for 1.83 years (22 months) before getting engaged, and 1.67 years (20 months) of being engaged before getting married. On average, couples lived together for 3.5 years before the wedding and nine out of ten couples (89%) had previously lived together with a joint property. (We suspect financial reasons behind this decision of many couples).
We also get married much later in life than the previous generation. The average (first-time) bride today is 30.8 years old and the groom is 32.7 years old. By comparison, the bride averaged 22.6 and the groom 24.6 in 1971. Today, the average bride and groom had two strong relationships before settling down. People's attitudes towards marriage are also markedly different from previous generations. We do not feel compelled to marry, unlike many of our parents. 83% say they did not feel any pressure to get married and 84% discussed the subject before proposing. The clear majority (91%) said they got married to show their attachment, while some felt socially committed (2%), married for financial reasons (2%), or for convenience (2%), which shows how far society has come within a few decades.
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An even larger number of couples (95%) would recommend marriage to others and 85% said it had strengthened their relationship, which is heartwarming but not surprising considering that the couples were still in their honeymoon phase.
Most also said that they felt more committed to each other since they were married (80%) and that they were happier (60%).
Hamish Shephard, founder of bridebook.co.uk, said the results are evidence that "marriages are stronger today, relationships happier and more serious, and couples more independent and consensual in their choices than ever before."
We'd love to stand right in front of the altar ourselves - if it weren't for the average cost of $ 35,329 for a wedding in the United States.
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