But as we found, these numbers vary based on where you live.
Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship.
"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.
Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood, followed couples for 13 years starting in 1979.
He states in his study that happily married couples dated for approximately 25 months before getting married. Couples who were unhappily married soon after they said “I do” and quickly divorced more often married at or after three years.
These aren’t women who have been dating for two months, but rather women who are in long-term relationships."I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other; I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it’s a more natural process.”She's not the only woman who thinks love is a dish best served piping hot.Here are eight more real-life stories of love at first sight... (Then, happily married celebrities share their romantic words of wisdom in 7 Secrets That Keep Celeb Couples Together.)Megan Hall How we met: Proving that a little act of kindness goes a long way, Spencer Hall first caught Megan's attention when he offered to clear her breakfast dishes at their dorm in college and then walked her to class.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.Furthermore, the median amount of time a couple dates before the proposal is 3.3 years.