This is how long the average couple are together before tying the knot

Publish Date
Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 10:21AM

Been with your partner for 6 months and expecting him to get down on one knee sometime soon? You may be waiting awhile yet... has done some research, asking 4000 married couples how long they were in a relationship before getting married, and the average is probably higher than you might expect!

They found that most couples are waiting 4.9 years before getting married.

The researchers broke it down further, with this being the results for the 'average' person:

"Dated for 1.4 years (17 months) before moving in together. Then lived together for 1.83 years (22 months) before getting engaged. Then were engaged for 1.67 years (20 months) before getting married. The total average time living together before marriage totals to a whole 3.5 years."

They also had other interesting stats to come from the research:

  • Most people have two serious relationships before settling with the 'one'
  • Women get married on average at the age of 30.8 
  • Grooms are getting married at the average age of 32.7

Hamish Shephard from said the findings were evidence that "marriages are becoming stronger than ever, relationships happier and more committed than ever, and couples more independent and consensual in their decisions than ever.”