"Marriages are becoming stronger than ever, relationships happier and more committed than ever, and couples more independent and consensual in their decisions than ever," Bridebook founder Hamish Shephard said.
Modern couples are rewriting the rulebook when it comes to weddings and marriage.
On average, couples will spend 3.5 years living together before marriage, and nearly nine in 10 couples (89%) live together in some capacity beforehand.
(We're guessing financial reasons are behind the decision for many couples.)We're also getting married far later in life now than the previous generation, with the average first-time bride now 30.8 and groom 32.7 years old, compared with 22.6 and 24.6 years old in 1971, respectively.
The study also revealed that this generation no longer feels compelled to tie the knot, unlike many of our parents, with 83% saying they felt no pressure to marry and 84% having discussed it before the proposal.
And if we’re spending more time getting to know each other before committing to spending “forever” together, divorce rates will likely decline.
Apparently, most couples are dating for much longer than they used to before walking down the aisle, according to a new 4,000-person survey from the wedding planning app and website Bridebook.
Just 46 years ago, brides were around 22.6 years old, and now they're 30.8.
The number of ceremonies taking place each year is rising by 2.7 percent.
The newlyweds surveyed overwhelmingly said they would recommend getting married, and that marriage has made their relationship stronger.
When I asked her what was new with the new guy, she said she's looking at rings. " and "Let's wait a little longer." But as I searched for the words to give her unsolicited advice, I realized I didn't have many definitive answers to give her.
Here's the thing—you can know a person for years before you get engaged, be happily married for years after that, and then something bad can happen.