When two individuals meet and go from being strangers to friends to lovers in pursuit of happiness together it's a beautiful thing. In many ways, modern-day courtship differs from the romances of the past, but there's still hope for happily ever after. The way that couples view romance, weddings, marriage, and the amount of time spent together before tying the knot is rapidly changing.
According to a new study, modern couples invest more time into getting to know each other before getting married. Popular wedding planning websiteBridebooksurveyed 4,000 people to determine the average amount of time couples are spending together. The survey revealed that couples spend an average of 4.9 years together before marriage.
The nearly half a decade that couples spend together further breaks down into 1.4 years dating, 1.8 years co-habiting before getting engaged, and 1.6 years of engagement before marriage. People are also waiting to get married later in life than in the past. The average age for a first-time bride is now 30.8 years old and 32.7 for grooms. That's a considerable difference compared to 22.6 and 24.6 years old in 1971.
The study also suggests that couples are feeling less pressure to get married. 83 percent of the people surveyed said they felt no pressure and 84 percent had discussions of marriage prior to the proposal. Another positive aspect of getting married later in life is that couples will likely have more experience dealing with long-term relationships. Before settling down couples will likely have had 2 previous serious relationships each. This is all good news because longer lasting happy marriages are obviously a good thing.