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Old 02-23-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
 
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So, I'm going to preface with, I just started dating awesome guy. We've only been dating for about 3 weeks. So I'm just curious about this. How long did you date before getting engaged. I asked my parents and they said they started dating in december, and got married in august. That seems a little fast. They were about my age (25).
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
 
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I met my husband when I was 22 and he was 24. We both knew right away that the other was "the one". We moved in together after 4 months, were engaged at 6 months, and married 7 months later (so 13 months after we started dating).

It sounds so cliche, but it's true that when you know, you know.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
 
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We just got engaged last week after almost 4 and a half years of dating. The wedding will be this summer.

ETA: I am 24 and will be 25 in November.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:48 PM   #4
 
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It's right when it's right. There is no good time frame.

For us it was 7 months, married a over a year later.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
 
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I was about 18 when I met my husband. He was 20. We knew in a few weeks that we were for good. We got engaged on our four year anniversary.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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One month after we started dating. I was 18 and he was 21. We got married 2.5 years later. 14 years of marriage this December.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:45 PM   #7
 
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We dated for a year and three months before we got engaged. We were engaged for three months before marriage.

We just celebrated our 5th anniversary in December and I can't believe it!
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:50 PM   #8
 
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We got engaged after about two months of dating. Married about eight months after that.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:58 PM   #9
 
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We met at a nightclub Aug. 9. 1985, he proposed Dec. 21, 1985 and we married Aug. 9, 1986.

We have been married for almost 23 years. He is my soulmate!

I was 22 and he was 25.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:08 PM   #10
 
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We dated for a month before getting engaged. We waited a little longer than we wanted to get married. We had a 7 month engagement instead of the 2 we wanted. Friends and family needed to catch up.
Like cympreni said, when it's right, it's right. When you know, you know.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:22 PM   #11
 
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We were together 3 years before we got engaged. It was the 2nd time around for the both of us, so we didn't want to jump into anything too quickly.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:31 PM   #12
 
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We started talking about marriage at 8 months, engaged at a little over a year. Married 10 months later
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #13
 
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DH and I dated for 6 years before we got engaged.

I was 20 and he was 21 when we started dating. It didn't take us 6 years to figure out that each other was "the One". But marriage was not a priority for either of us when we met, and we both had things we wanted to get done (as individuals) before we were ready to get married.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:45 PM   #14
 
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We got engaged after dating off and on for 2+ years and married about 5 months after that. Something like that.
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I'm not engaged, nor have I ever been, so I have no idea what would be 'right' for me. But I am a firm believer in going with your gut. If it feels right, and you're happy and both on the same page, more power to you.

Right now, my SO and I are getting some serious flack from some of his friends on how 'quickly' we've moved. It's really starting to piss me off, seeing how judgmental people are.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:59 AM   #16
 
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We started talking about marriage at 7 months...engaged at 13 months and then married at 20 months. We decided to wait on getting engaged so our families would get to know each other.

I don't think any amount of time would have helped my FIL. I don't think he ever thought about his kids getting married.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:06 AM   #17
 
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We met in January, but due to circumstances didn't have our first official date until April.

We knew the other was the "one" by June/July.

We got married about a week before our 8 year anniversary of meeting
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:31 AM   #18
 
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We were engaged 16 months after we met and it was another 16 months before we got married. We were talking about marriage about 2 or 3 months after meeting, but no way were we in a hurry for it! I was 27 when we met, my husband was 24.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:40 PM   #19
 
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Everyone's mileage may vary time-wise, but I echo the "when it's right, it's right" sentiment.

DH and I started making wedding plans on our first date in mid-November '05. He officially proposed in March of '06, and we were married 2 months later and are yet having a blast!
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:49 PM   #20
 
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Wow, many of you were engaged fast! My bf and I have been together 14 months. We started talking marriage maybe 3 months ago.

That being said, I accidently found a payment slip for a ring that I will probably be seeing by the end of this year
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