Dating to engagement

Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%.

Then there's the social stigma of breaking off an engagement once it's been announced. If you've been dating someone for at least six months, and if the two of you feel strongly that you would like to spend the rest of your lives together, find a good marriage-and-family therapist and set up a series of counseling sessions.

For all these reasons, engaged couples may have a tendency to ignore one another's character flaws and overlook potential rough spots in the road ahead. In many cases this can result in a difficult marriage and possibly even lead to divorce. Our Counseling department would be happy to discuss the options with you and provide a list of qualified counselors in your area. The counseling process should include a personality test such as the PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital Inventory. Clearly, you'll need to invest a certain amount of time and money in the process.

So, we surveyed 1,000 recently-engaged Weddington Way customers (all women), posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement?

After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).

In the West, the relatively high percentage of younger engagements might be partially explained by Utah, where 60% of the population are of the Mormon faith.

In the Mormon culture, young marriages are In our map above (“At What Age Do Couples Get Engaged?

But as we found, these numbers vary based on where you live.

Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship.

of the year to get engaged, trailing only Christmas (December 24th-25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st).

Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.

At an average of 2.9 years, Southerners date about 5 months less than the average American before slipping a shiny ring on a finger.

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