Dating 8 years before marriage

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Today's bride and groom are eight years older than the average couple who got married in 1971.Just 46 years ago, brides were around 22.6 years old, and now they're 30.8.This is much longer than the 2 year relationship “trial period” suggested by some theorists.These quite happily married women knew what they were looking for and spent considerable time building their relationships before making the decision to partner for life with their husbands.Plus you can usually afford a better wedding and honeymoon. You have had “fun” as a young adult, established your independence socially and professionally, and you really know yourself better.I thought I really knew who I was just after college..it has taken me years to become more comfortable in my own skin.

Divorce rates will likely decline for the foreseeable future, too.

"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.

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• I think the best time to get married is when you are in a good place emotionally, professionally, personally, financially because by then it should be clear to you that you are able to do great on your own, but life is just that much sweeter married to this one person.

• Your early 30s because people are more aware of what they want and have grown up—remaining independent and less likely to project unhappiness onto their partner.

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