Some marital experts would argue that two years is a good amount of time to wait.
If you are looking for a general rule of thumb, then two years is probably a good length of time for most people, but I don’t personally favor any hard-and-fast rule about how long a courtship should be.
of the year to get engaged, trailing only Christmas (December 24th-25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.
I get asked a lot of relationship-themed questions given where I work, and one of them is from women with boyfriends who want to know how long to wait for the ring.
After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).
"They got to experience what it's like to live with each other or spend a lot of time with each other, go through some life cycle issues, like the loss of a family member or the loss of a friendship, or going to a wedding or funeral and really getting to see each other in a lot of different contexts and feel like it's a good match. You want to have some problems emerge and see how you deal with problems together.
For me, it's more about the range of experiences that lend themselves to compatibility rather than the amount of time.
"There is no 'normal.' Partners may have an implicit expectation of the length of an engagement, based on their family, their culture and their community.
Sometimes this is different for each partner, and if it is not significantly discussed in a very explicit way, it can lead to misunderstandings." She continues: "There is no magic time frame when a couple should date before the engagement, but the rule for any happy and successful marriage is to realize this—all couples go through a 'romantic love' phase.