When you decide to tie the knot, you want to keep it tied. According to new a new survey from Bridebook, a wedding planning website in the U.K., more couples are doing something that could help them avoid divorce - they’re dating longer before getting married.
For the survey, Bridebook polled 4,000 newlyweds and asked how long they’d been in a relationship before getting hitched. And the average was 4.9 years! That’s a long time, but not rushing into walking down the aisle might help those marriages last.
The survey also revealed more details about couples’ relationship timelines:
- The average couple dates for 17 months before living together.
- They live together for 22 months before getting engaged.
- And then they’re engaged for about 20 more months before saying “I do.”
The average couple lives together about three and a half years before getting married. This is good information to have if your family gives you a hard time about shacking up.
People are also waiting longer to get married, women are 31 on average and men are almost 33. These are way older than 22.6 for women and 24.6 for men that was the average back in 1971. The survey also says the divorce rate is the lowest it’s been since then, so we must be doing something right by taking our time.
Source: Women's Health