My parents only knew each other for a year, and after a heated debate with some friends, most were convinced that a year was somewhat sufficient. But how long is too long? No one wants to experience the scenario of a long term relationship ending with his/her partner marrying another person almost immediately.
A recent study showed that the best marriages are enjoyed by those couples who waited for exactly 25 months before they tied the knot. Those who remained together for three or more years before getting wedded suffered unhappy marriages and divorced quickly. While those who dated for 18 months lasted at least seven years before getting divorced.
My parents are still together, thank goodness. Are they happy though? Well…more or less. As much as we could place statistics into the success of marriages, every couple is unique. Although it is recommended that couples last a bit longer than a month before proposing, no matter the time period before any marriage, all couples should make sure:
- They express their love for each other genuinely
- Meet family and friends
- Experience conflict to see how they both react to struggle (possibly move in together)
- Have a conversation concerning money, as well as future goals
- Have sufficient knowledge of one another emotionally, physically, and mentally
- And trust one another
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Vanessa Mwangi or nessa_shera is a seasoned blogger who enjoys writing article pieces that generally mirror her own interests. As a writer Vanessa’s short articles have appeared in several online publications. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and eating out. You can reach Vanessa on firstname.lastname@example.org