Couples Are Waiting Longer To Get Married Now, But Why?

Couples Are Waiting Longer To Get Married Now, But Why?

No one's really rushing down the aisle anymore. 

By Marianne Garvey
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The majority of couples (89 percent) live together these days before getting married, and they are dating longer before tying the knot.

Couples now are dating an average of 4.9 years before getting married, reports wedding planning app, Bridebook.

The survey also found that most people asked had two serious relationships before finding “the one,” and that marriage was discussed between the couple before a proposal took place.

Turns out, marrying older is good news for couples who spent time thinking on it, the divorce rate is at its lowest level since 1971.

According to the survey:

“The average age of a single woman getting married in 1971 was 22.6 years old, now it is 30.8 years old. The average age of a single man getting married in 1971 was 24.6 years old, now it is 32.7 years old. It's no secret that marriage traditions are changing. People are getting married later in life, spending more money on weddings, and, according to a new study, they're spending more time getting to know each other before tying the knot.”

The breakdown of the nearly five years for a couple before walking down the aisle went like this: 17 months of dating before moving in together, 22 months of living together before getting engaged, and 20 months of engagement before getting married.

“The newlyweds surveyed overwhelmingly said they would recommend getting married, and that marriage has made their relationship stronger,” said the survey. “More than 90 percent of participants said they felt less pressure to get married than their parents' generation.”

"Marriages are becoming stronger than ever, relationships happier and more committed than ever, and couples more independent and consensual in their decisions than ever," Bridebook founder Hamish Shephard said.

The survey asked 4,000 people their views on marriage.

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