Ok, so you’ve found “The One.” Maybe you’ve been dating for as little as a few weeks or as long as a few years. What circumstances do you consider before taking the steps to tie the knot? Do financial situations or job security affect your decision?How long is too long to wait for a serious commitment, if you know you’re ready for a ring?To figure out just how long it takes for a lady in love to go from 'girlfriend' to 'fiance', Weddington Way and Pricenomics surveyed 1,000 newly-engaged women in the US, grilling them for details about their love lives and husbands-to-be.They also broke their results down by region, discovering — perhaps unsurprisingly — that women in the South are in more of a hurry to say 'I do', while those in the Northeast are considerably more cautious.The question above could be put into a category along with questions such as "how long is a piece of string?" The answer will be different depending on who you ask and the circumstances leading up to the beginning of the relationship.Getting to Know Someone Better For a couple who are classed as childhood sweethearts they will clearly be together a long time before they marry simply due to their age.
It's not an unreasonable fear considering an estimated 40 to 50% of married couples in the US have divorced.In fact, a whopping 8 per cent of the country dated for only six months before getting engaged.It is worth noting, though, that the survey polled women women who were recently engaged, not those who had yet to actually make it to the altar — so it's possible that some of those quickie engagements were called off before the big day.It really depends on the people involved, and the reasons why they get married when they do. Most people realize that you shouldn’t get married too quickly after meeting someone, and the one long-term study I’ve found on the subject seems to back that up.There are a couple of reasons why a short dating period can cause problems in marriage: Marriage is really about commitment, so the real question is whether you are willing to commit to this person for the rest of your life, and whether you can trust them when they say they’re willing to do the same. Now, sometimes you can trust them more quickly if other trustworthy people have known the person through close community for a long time, and can vouch for them.