The study also looked at couples who were quicker to get married.These couples dated an average of eighteen months and were engaged for half that time.Here's what the professionals have to say about the ideal length of time to date.
While Betchen suggests at least a year, he also explains that self knowledge and learning from past dating mistakes can speed up the dating process."Because people have very little insight about themselves, they keep choosing the same person time and again, with the same results.If you know enough (about yourself) to choose differently, then you can date for a week and it’ll work," Betchen says.Still, "Because there are other variables to consider such as family or origin dynamics, values, etc., I recommend couples wait a minimum of one year to marry," he says. D., author of , the "two year" rule is pretty sensible, but "different couples have very different circumstances.Huston followed 168 newlywed couples over fourteen years and charted each couple's relationship satisfaction throughout.
Results showed that couples that had dated an average of twenty-five months before marriage were most happily married at the conclusion of the study.Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski have announced they’re engaged, and here at Fashion Finder our first thought turned to the wedding dress of course.Alas, we’ll have to wait some time to check out what the actress goes for, so in the meantime can we take a moment to appreciate one of her recent looks.But it takes time to know a person and time to see each other’s darker side and know how each of their 'shadow' sides will interact with each other."A cautious one to two years may be the recommended amount of time according to most, but experts certainly acknowledged that marriage success has more to do with readiness than a simple function of time.A lot of that readiness seems to be dependent on your dating past and whether you've learned from your dating history.But a lot of my friends have been getting married with fewer than this magical two years under their belts, and it's making me second-guess my rule. Does it really matter at all how long you date before you get married?