Is there a right amount of time to date before getting married? According to research, there is … if you want the relationship to last.
Researchers at Emory University surveyed more than 3,000 married or previously married people and found that waiting three years before tying the knot decreased the likelihood of divorce by 50%.
I definitely didn't follow this. Jeff and I got engaged exactly one year after our first date and got married 7 months after that. My sister, on the other hand, married her childhood sweetheart and they dated for a baker's dozen worth of years before tying the knot.