Currently I co-run a longitudinal study of marriage and family development, started in 2008 and ongoing, and the answers couples gave me about their engagement ranged from several months to several years.
The issue of how long to wait for the ring might be a decision point for you.
If not, you may find yourself like Jennifer Aniston’s character in Bruce Almighty (she repeats this long-suffering role in “He’s Just not that Into You”) whose boyfriend needs literal divine intervention from God to get him to propose.
Many women are interested in getting married simply because it’s validated by society, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a ring in order to be happy and have children.
Many couples are choosing to cohabit as an alternative to or dress rehearsal for marriage.
This may reflect growing trends in the delay of marriage.
Much has changed in the last thirty years, and those in my study are still reporting general satisfaction in their marriages.
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I get asked a lot of relationship-themed questions given where I work, and one of them is from women with boyfriends who want to know how long to wait for the ring.
In real life God doesn’t make such obvious house calls.