How long between dating and wedding
Apparently, most couples are dating for much longer than they used to before walking down the aisle, according to a new 4,000-person survey from the wedding planning app and website Bridebook.
In fact, the average bride and groom in the UK date for 4.9 years before getting married.
The number of ceremonies taking place each year is rising by 2.7 percent.
The newlyweds surveyed overwhelmingly said they would recommend getting married, and that marriage has made their relationship stronger.
On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years) at the time of engagement.
About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.
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.
At an average of 2.9 years, Southerners date about 5 months less than the average American before slipping a shiny ring on a finger.
For the modern couple, here's the breakdown of that half-decade: 17 months of dating before moving in together, 22 months of living together before getting engaged, and 20 months of engagement before getting married.
People are marrying later in life, too, a fact that may come as no surprise.
Only 19% of women in the Northeast get engaged at age 24 or younger.
Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%.
Today's bride and groom are eight years older than the average couple who got married in 1971.