How long did you date your partner before he or she popped the question?It may have only been months, or perhaps it felt like an eternity.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.
It’s possible to have a happy marriage regardless of how long you dated, according to Ted Huston, a professor of human ecology and psychology based at the University of Texas.
Huston has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to studying the significance of courtship in relation to marital success.
Whatever the case, Francis and Mialon conclude that "our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes." The average wedding now costs about $30,000, however, so this does not bode well.
Now, feel free to navigate to the upper left-hand corner of this page, click on the "print" button, and lay this article before the mascara-streaked face of the nearest Bridezilla.
The San Diego divorce attorneys at The Edmunds law Firm break it down for you.