Dating too long before marriage

But when this story became my reality, I came face-to-face with my own prejudices.When my now-fiancé and I started dating over four years ago, I told him, “I don’t want to date for five years.More than 90 percent of participants said they felt less pressure to get married than their parents' generation.Divorce rates will likely decline for the foreseeable future, too.If we decide we want to marry each other, let’s just get married.” These words may look aggressive in print, but they represented the honest overflow of my fearful and foolish heart.They also echoed advice I had heard from trusted leaders.Today's bride and groom are eight years older than the average couple who got married in 1971.

When our answer did not include a wedding date, a few expressed concerns about our marital status and advised us on how to solve it.He wanted not only to finish college, but also work in a good job before asking me to join his life as his bride.He believed our purity was possible, even when I cried in fear of failing such a daunting standard.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.