So you're head over heels for someone special and you've got marriage on the mind. How long should you wait to take the plunge? Science has some answers if that's your question, but we're here to tell you that's probably the wrong question to ask.
Mialon published a study in the journal Economic Inquiry involving 3, couples. The study looked primarily at how wedding spending affected marriage length the moral of the story: Spend as little as possible and invite all the people you can. It also looked at other variables, such as the length of time couples dated before popping the question.
That study found that, compared to dating for less than a year, dating one to two years before proposing cut a couple's risk of divorce by 20 percent. Dating three years or more slashed their divorce risk by half. For example, couples who said they knew each other "very well" at the time of marriage also cut their risk of divorce by half.
As you might have guessed, when it comes to marriage, relationship length isn't everything. In Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," the character Marianne Dashwood says, "It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone.
Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.