How long between dating and wedding
This is primarily driven by New York and Pennsylvania, where our average respondent’s engagement age hovered around 28 years old.Only 19% of women in the Northeast get engaged at age 24 or younger.On the other end of this spectrum, only 6% of couples date for 8 years or more before getting engaged.
“You might be so smitten with someone in the early stages of the relationship, but, as life becomes more realistic, you realize that your new partner isn’t quite as perfect as you had imagined, or hoped.” It isn’t to say, however, that once you see your partner for who he or she truly is, that you’ll want out.
According to Terri Orbuch, author of and professor at Oakland University, what really matters is that a couple knows each other well.
“You should have a solid understanding of each other, have seen each other through some ups and downs of life, know each other’s passions and how you handle stress,” she says.
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).
We determined that the median engagement age in the United States is 27.2 years for women, and 28.7 years for men -- a 1.5 year difference.