Additionally, uk's study also looked at how the marriage ages of men and women compared to the ages of men and women who got married in the previous generation.Single men get married at an average age of 32.7 years old now, versus 24.6 years in 1971.
A massive 89% of us move into a shared flat or house together before we get married, which seems pretty sensible (how else are you supposed to check whether they’ve got a secret Joe Mc Eldrey fandom going on) but is a big cultural shift.
The average bride in 2017 is 30.8 years old, and the average groom is 32.7, which is nearly a deacade older than the average in 1971, when your standard first time bride was 22.6 years old, and the groom was a super young 24.6.
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.
On average, the couples in my study decided to marry 2.8 years after they first showed romantic interest (many couples knew each other before they dated, but that isn’t counted).
Decades ago the statistics ranged from six to fourteen months.
Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood, followed couples for 13 years starting in 1979.
Women get married at an average age 30.8 years old now, versus 22.6 years 45 years ago.
Hamish Shephard, uk's founder, said he believed the survey's findings show a dramatic generational shift in how people view marriage.
It’s a tricky question, knowing when it’s the perfect time to get engaged.
When you announce your engagement to the world, the goal is for people to be happy and excited, rather than thinking ‘about bloody time, it’s been literally decades’, or, even worse, ‘Wait, who’s the bloke holding the ring box in the photo?
There is actually a lower divorce rate now than in the 80s, and what marriage means on a societal level is also changing.