Whoa, This Is How Long the Average Couple Dates Before Marriage

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Some couples just know it's love at first sight. For others, it might take a little (or a lot) longer to really know for sure that they're in it for the long haul. Now, thanks to a survey of more than 4,000 readers, we know how long, on average, modern couples wait before tying the knot.

The answer: 4.9 years. Just before they hit the wood anniversary (how romantic).

The study also found that a higher percentage of couples are living together today before getting engaged (89 percent), and that the average age of brides is 30.8—compare that to 22.6 in 1971.

And hey, we're not fortune-tellers—and we know that these numbers are only averages—but if you're coming up on your 31st birthday and have been dating your live-in S.O. for just about five years...we're sensing wedding bells in your not-too-distant future.



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