Dating time before engagement
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.
Most people will spend the first few months together both acting on their best behavior and trying to impress.
If Things Have Gone Wrong in the Past If there has been a history of infidelity that can mean one party will want a little extra time to consider their future.
It can take a long time to build up the trust again and this could mean the two or three years most people wait will be extended.
Attitudes to marriage have changed and it is no longer seen as the only way to have a committed relationship.
At one time living together was seen as a bit risqué and not the sort of thing most people did, but over the last 20 to 30 years it has become more acceptable.