My fiance wanted time for it to feel special, be able to plan his proposal, and find a ring he thought fit my personality.
We also waited to get engaged until after we moved in together and had tons of conversations about what our family's life would look like afterwards including living, work, location, religion, traditions, and more.
We are both in our 30s, and I think once you reach a certain age, you know what you want and you know what you need and when you find it, you hold on tight." Nine months: "I remember thinking at three months that I would totally marry him right now.
But then we got to know each other even more, we got into some necessary arguments, and our love grew even stronger.
It all just made sense for us." *— Amanda11 months: "We dated long distance for 11 months before getting engaged.
If I had to do it over again, I may have used a less expensive ring and extended the engagement." 10 years: "As the child of divorced parents, it was important to me that my fiance and I had our careers more or less established, had some financial security, and could give our children happy, healthy and financially secure homes.
In retrospect, it is possible we were overly cautious in getting engaged in our pursuit of perfect timing.
We are both really happy with how fast everything happened.
We got married less than six months later than our engagement.