This Is the Average Amount of Time a Couple Dates Before They Get Married

A new study reveals the magic number in this modern world

Updated 07/28/17

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Millennials are in no rush to jump the gun and get hitched, at least according to a new study released by Bridebook. And seriously, is that really so surprising? Modern couples are turning dating and wedding traditions on their heads (much to their parents' chagrin). Speaking of parents, Mom and Pop's generation was getting married at ages couples today can't even imagine settling down at.

From the study's findings, women in 1971 were becoming wives at the low average age of 22.6, while men were saying their I do's at 24.6. Wowza. Today, women are donning that white dress at an average age of 30.8, and their male counterparts are reciting their vows at 32.7 years old. That's a difference of about 8 years.

Millennials are certainly taking their time building their careers and getting life figured out before they settle down with a partner, but how long do they date someone before walking down the aisle? The study revealed that modern couples are waiting longer than ever before: 4.9 years, to be exact! Nothing wrong with taking some time to get to know each other.

Here's how those 4.9 years break down: "1.4 years (17 months) of dating before moving in together, living together for 1.83 years (22 months) before getting engaged, and spending 1.67 years (20 months) engaged before getting married. On average, couples will spend 3.5 years living together before marriage, and nearly nine in 10 couples (89 percent) live together in some capacity beforehand," a Refinery29 article stated.

Hamish Shephard, the founder of Bridebook, said, "It is fantastic to see how marriage is evolving with today's modern couples for the positive. Marriages are becoming stronger than ever, relationships happier and more committed than ever, and couples more independent and consensual in their decisions than ever.... We have reached a tipping point where the divorce rate will likely be on the decline for the foreseeable future as marriage increasingly becomes the fully informed independent choice of couples wishing to demonstrate their commitment to one another without the pressure seen in previous generations."

Can someone bring the champagne out so we can toast to this great news?

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