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How long should the dating be before you get married?

There are no hard and fast rules on how long you should date before getting married. That’s what most people will say when you ask them this question. It’s a correct assertion. Life has no clear-cut manual, and what works for one couple may not work for another.

Still, the beauty of life is that certain answers we seek lay in the ordinary things we’ve been given. Take time, for example. With time, we have a gift that lets us check the choices others have made. Then we can reach certain conclusions based on that.

Let’s examine how time has changed the conversation around dating and marriage. In the 1970s, the average age of men entering marriage was 23. On the other hand, the age for women marrying for the first time was 20.8. Fast forward to about 50 years later, and the average of first-time couples is 29.8 and 28 years old.