Not only should you not get engaged or married to satisfy anybody else, but it's important that you don't do it before you're ready, too.
Unexpected pregnancies are usually stressful enough but then — if you’re already engaged or decide to get engaged ASAP — that getting married adds a whole new layer of complication.
Because even though it may seem like old-fashioned advice, the first year of marriage is still a challenge.
There are a lot of women out there who are in happy, loving, long-term relationships who just don’t feel the itch.
But proposing is a huge decision—one that can shape the rest of your life—so why would 95 percent of women who presumably want to get married just wait around for it to happen?
But what makes someone who’s never wanted to get married suddenly (or not so suddenly) have a change of heart?
The actual age might vary depending on where you live, but once it starts, it's basically a domino effect. One friend gets married after another after another.
And of course, we’re ruining weddings. We’re getting married later and we’re not buying diamonds—can you imagine?
It’s an uncomfortable truth but, for some, your wedding day is a day you’ve dreamed about your entire life.
Sure, my bank account may take a beating from attending multiple weddings, but that’s no reason to hold back. It’s your wedding, after all.