The average age of marriage across the United States for the same time period was 23.6 for women and 25.8 for men*, so the men and women in this sample were 3 to 3.5 years older on average at the time of marriage.I suppose the relatively high average age of marriage in the sample would explain a curious personal experience that I once had that has never been repeated at other weddings I’ve attended.Or maybe couples that have modest rings and receptions feel that their boundless love is a celebration enough.
How long do couples date before finally getting a place together?
And how long do people wait to get married after getting engaged?
These quite happily married women knew what they were looking for and spent considerable time building their relationships before making the decision to partner for life with their husbands.
Within the sample was 27.17 and the average age for their husbands was 28.94.
I was attending a close friend’s wedding at the Harvard Club of New York, an elegant “Harvard on Harvard” marriage.
When the bride threw the bouquet, the cluster of single women immediately jumped away from it and the unclaimed bouquet landed on the floor.
But the other findings, like the fact that expensive rings and ceremonies don't yield happier unions, are more surprising.
Perhaps ill-matched couples use giant diamonds or flashy weddings to cover up the cracks in their emotional foundations.
(The survey was focused on opposite-sex couples.)As for how long it takes couples to reach certain relationship milestones, uk found that on average, couples were together for 4.9 years from the start of their relationship until they got married.