Typical dating period before engagement

I believe it may have ricocheted off my hand, because someone handed me the bouquet (now that I think of it, I realize I was, in fact, the next to get married).

This bouquet toss experience was illuminated when I reviewed responses to the open-ended question “At what age or stage of life do you feel is the optimal time to get married and why?

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.

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Ok, so you’ve found “The One.” Maybe you’ve been dating for as little as a few weeks or as long as a few years. What circumstances do you consider before taking the steps to tie the knot? Do financial situations or job security affect your decision?

This week brings a refocus on the central theme of this blog: What are the multiple reasons that well-educated people have better marriages relative to the general population?

They do not leave their futures—including their marriages—up to chance, but instead proceed through life in a very intentional manner.

Many have delayed receiving their relatively high incomes for several years to pursue graduate degrees.

Well, this might not come as a shock, but there's no definition of what's "normal." Answers can vary from decades of dating to four days (wow! Even though everyone—your parents and extended family members and friends—will have an opinion on the matter, from "You're jumping in too quickly!

" to "It took him way too long to propose—are you sure? Only you can know when you're ready to take the next step.

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