Dating before you get married

Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.So, we surveyed 1,000 recently-engaged Weddington Way customers (all women), posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement?When you’re getting serious about someone, don't ask: “Are we in love?” The question to first ask instead is: “Are we becoming good friends?” “Being in love” often means infatuation, romance, and high chemistry – things that are essentially selfish.This type of “love” is not a good reason to get married, but friendship is. Real love is about giving to and caring about another person’s life.It’s now more common for marriages to fail than it is for them to last a lifetime.But you can still get married with the confidence that you’ll enjoy the healthy, holy marriage God wants you to have if you invest time before getting married into asking wise questions.

We determined that the median engagement age in the United States is 27.2 years for women, and 28.7 years for men -- a 1.5 year difference.When you start thinking that he/she may be the one, make sure you ask these ten questions before you tie the knot.#1: Do We Care about Each Other as Good Friends Do?Not once but twice, we bless the couple that they should become “beloved friends.” Make sure you’re friends first and then lovers.A lover who is not your friend can easily hurt you. And if they do, they will make every effort to repair the hurt, just like you do with your best friends.