Dating for 5 years not engaged
This is the question women ask most often whose "marriage talks" with their boyfriends aren't resulting in a proposal.
Of course, there are times when these long-term boyfriends do raise a valid concern or two that needs to be addressed before you can seriously consider spending a lifetime together.
Are you factoring the other person into your long-term decisions? You can move across the country to a city you hate because your boyfriend or girlfriend has a job there.
CNN: What characteristics do you see in couples who are "a little bit married"? It's the sense your life together is moving in unison.
Do you see this as someone you are making big sacrifices and life decisions around?
His smooth moves (and good hygiene—who doesn't love a man who does the dishes? He proposed the very next weekend and within a few months they were married.
How I knew: "I knew he was it because of how easy we talked about important things like money management, our faith, how similar/different our families of origin were, that kind of thing."My advice: "Focus on the important stuff.
(CNN) -- Gowns have been fitted, caterers have been contracted and venues rented as June marks the busiest period of wedding season.
But not all long-term couples will be heading down the aisle, according to Hannah Seligson's book, "A Little Bit Married." Seligson explores the trend of serious twenty- and thirty-something couples who invest years and even a decade in a relationship without the intention of ever getting married.
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.