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Old 10-17-2020, 05:23 AM
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I notice a poster who has referred to her fiancé for (what seems to me to be) quite a while. I know we all do things differently and it made me wonder about others. How long were you engaged before marrying? Let’s have some stories!

I met DH-to-be when I was an 18-year-old freshman at UCLA. He was 2 years older. We went together for 5 years until I finished school then had a short 3-month official-with-ring engagement. We were married for 42 years—until he passed away.


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Old 10-17-2020, 05:30 AM
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We dated for almost 2 years. Engaged for 3 mos. Wedding was quicker than we anticipated due to a job change. We have been married for 30 years come February.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:31 AM
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I'm not married or engaged, so I can't answer for myself personally.

For my parents, it was 11 months from the time they met until they were engaged. It was probably 9 months from the time they officially dated until they were engaged. It was about 10 months from the time they were engaged until the time their wedding day. They will be married 36 years in June.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:37 AM
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We met at UC Davis, dated one year and engaged for one year. We were married for three years before he died.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:43 AM
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We dated or were engaged 7 years before marriage. We have been married 28 years.


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Old 10-17-2020, 05:43 AM
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I met dh when I was 18 and he was 20. We dated a few months and broke up. We reconnected two years later. We dated a few years, got engaged for 14 months and got married. We will celebrate 31 years in November.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:45 AM
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I met DH-to-be when I was an 18-year-old freshman at UCLA. He was 2 years older. We went together for 5 years until I finished school then had a short 3-month official-with-ring engagement.
My experience was similar:

I met my DH in high school. We dated for 5 years. We became engaged with the plan to marry the following spring after I graduated from college. Then we realized “why wait?”...our engagement went from a planned little of a year’s time to a quick 5 months. I was 22 and my DH was 23. My DH and I just celebrated 16 years this past summer.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:46 AM
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for 7 years. He is the best thing that ever happened to me. Every day (well...most) I feel so blessed to have him by my side.

At one point in our dating my dad said "It's time to go fishing or cut bait." They didn't think much of him at the time, but he is the real deal.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:49 AM
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Dated 14 months
Engaged 13 months
Married 36 1/2 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:51 AM
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Dh and I dated for 1 yr and were engaged for 1 yr. Been married for 28 yrs.


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Old 10-17-2020, 05:56 AM
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15 days.

Don't ask.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:00 AM
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We dated for two years and were engaged for 10 months of that time. We've been married for over 30 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:07 AM
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Ha! We were engaged for 16 years!

We've known each other for 30 years, engaged for 16, and married now for 7.

We did not have a wedding - just went to the justice of the peace.

Honestly we were happily committed (most) of those 30 years, but getting him on my healthcare made us make it official.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:18 AM
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How long were you engaged before marrying?
We didn't take long as all, however, I'd been divorced (married 12 years; divorced 2 years; divorced 3 years), and DH was widowed (married 23 years; widowed 6 months). We weren't new to the whole relation ship thing.

We met in December and were married in June. By the time we were married, we had lived together for a good 5 months, had remodeled and sold his house, did an addition on my house. planned a wedding, combined households, and got married. We have been married for four years, and it seems like longer--in a good way.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:26 AM
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Dated for 2 years. Engaged 11 months. Married 33 years. (Wow, I sound old...)
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:30 AM
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Dated for two months, engaged the next 8, married 10 months to the day after we met. Hey- sometimes you just know! The plague ruined what should’ve been our tenth anniversary trip, but that’s small potatoes in the course of a lifetime.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:31 AM
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I met my husband when we both worked at Sears. We didn’t date at that time. He went off to the army for 4 years and I went to college, but still worked at the same store. When he returned he came back to the store and I was the only one left that he knew.

We dated 2 years, engaged 13 months more. We’ve been married 41+!
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:37 AM
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Dated 1 year, engaged 1 year, and married 24 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:39 AM
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We dated for about 1 year then moved in together. A year later he proposed, and got married 7 months later. We've been married almost 14 years.

Prior to meeting DH, I'd been dating for about 2 years after my divorce was finalized.

My first husband and I dated for about a year then got engaged. We got married about a year later. We were married for about 11 years before I initiated a separation and divorce.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:04 AM
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I met my DH the weekend I turned 16. We became engaged on Valentine’s Day when I was 18. (I turned 19 two days later.) We married when I was nineteen on a beautiful Indian summer day which was also my parent’s and great-grandparent’s wedding anniversary. We celebrated our 44th year of marriage while he was hospitalized with a second lymphoma battle. He passed away a few weeks later. Last Sunday would have been our 45th anniversary.

Long story just to say I was engaged eight months.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:05 AM
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Dated - 8 months
Engaged - 6 months
Married - 46 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:15 AM
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Dh and I met on December 31, 1976 in Kumasi Ghana. (Where else would a Scots/Irish/German girl from Michigan meet a Puerto Rican boy from NYC?). We dated for a few months, and then he went home. After I returned home we dated occasionally...he was in NYC and I was in VT. We got engaged in 1979 and got married a year later. We were married 38 years. He passed away 2 years ago today.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:17 AM
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This should be an easy question, right!?! I am amazed at the things I DON'T remember. I think we dated a year and a half and then were engaged for almost a year. But maybe we only dated 6 months before getting engaged? Seriously how do I not know this?
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:24 AM
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It's so fun to read everyone's story!
Mine:
We met in November, 1988.
We were engaged in March, 1989.
We got married in May, 1989 by our pastor-no witnesses, no wedding.
We celebrated our 31st Anniversary this year!
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:27 AM
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We dated for about two years, engaged for 7 months. Celebrated our 35th in August!
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:32 AM
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2teach2, our stories are very similar!

Man and I met in Nov 1991, engaged in Jan 1992, married March 1992. We're coming up on 29 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:35 AM
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Dated about a year, engaged about a year ( asking happened a few months before ring at Christmas...we were still in college with part time jobs at the time), married for 36 so far.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:35 AM
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I met my DH in April, 1976. It was my first year of teaching in a small farming community.

Engaged in August, 1976.

Married In June, 1977.

43 years!
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:45 AM
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We dated for two years and two months before getting engaged. We were engaged for a little over seven months before we married. We have been married for 14 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:51 AM
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Dated for 3 years (lived together 1.5 of those years), engaged for 7 months. We’ve been married for 17 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:55 AM
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My first husband is now a dear friend! My second husband and I were engaged for about 3 months. We have been married 17 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:55 AM
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Met him and immediately said, ”No Thanks,” to my sister who introduced us.

Ran into him at every family event for 2 years.

Dated about a year, married 9 months later.

Married for 8 years.
Not sure if I would make the same choice if I did it again.

Will definitely never date or marry again. I’m too independent.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:55 AM
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We dated two years ,engaged for one year and married for 38 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:06 AM
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Dated 7 months
enaged almost 14 months
married- will be celebrating 27 years in December
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:10 AM
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Engaged 7ish months after meeting. Married 7mo after that. Our wedding was exactly 14 months after we met. Celebrated 12 years this summer.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:13 AM
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Dated for a year
Engaged for a year
I was in college then and he was already working.
We married a month after I graduated and had been married for 15 years when he passed away.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:23 AM
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TECHNICALLY, we met when I was 16 and he was 14. Wasn’t a fan! (Our older sisters are/were best friends.)

Got reacquainted when I was 29. We dated a year, were engaged for a year, and have been married for 35 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:33 AM
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We met at church the first Sunday of Dec. The second Sunday of Dec . I was with a friend . My husband to be pick up line was ... Where in the Bible does it command Christians to kiss? Romans 16:16 “ Greet your brethren with a holy kiss” I kissed him on the cheek ( not like me ). We were engaged in Feb and married in August. 42 yrs. So engaged 5 months.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:33 AM
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This is a neat question and I've enjoyed reading everyone's stories!

Dated for 18 months.
Lived together for 1 year.
Broke up for a year!
Got back together and dated for 6 months.
Engaged for 3 months.
Just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:47 AM
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Met my freshman year of college. Got engaged my senior year of college. We were engaged for 18 months before the marriage - we were trying to get settled and then get married. Been married for 38 1/2 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:53 AM
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The beginning of dating and the beginning of engagement are both kind of murky, and we kind of disagree on when these things actually happened so my best estimate is dating for about 18mo, with 8 of those months as engaged? The married one is clear- 25 years and counting.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:55 AM
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We dated for 10 months and were engaged for 6 months. Since we didn't live together before we married we didn't want to wait to "start our lives."

I think if you're already living together, sharing finances, and running your family together, etc. there's not such a big hurry.

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Old 10-17-2020, 08:57 AM
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(I had to ask DH when we got engaged and if we knew each other as sophomores....he said it was pathetic I didn't know)

We knew each other as juniors in high school (I swear we knew OF each other as sophomores...) and dated as seniors.

After college, we ran into each other and began dating...engaged in November--moved into our first house in February--married in July...so engaged a little over 8 months.

Celebrated 25 years this summer!
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:09 AM
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Great stories!
Met in high school but we went to different high schools in different towns. I was a junior and he was a senior. Dated for 5 years. Engaged for 1. Married as soon as I graduated from college. Married for 39 years.

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Old 10-17-2020, 09:18 AM
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We kind of skipped the engagement step. Dated 9 months and then decided to elope based on some college housing issues. Celebrated 40 years in August!
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:25 AM
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Dated 4 years
Engaged for 1 year - my dad said he would pay for the wedding only if I waited until I was 25 to get married. He set this ground rule when I was little. So we waited.
Married 27 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:26 AM
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Love reading everyone's stories!


Dated: 3 years. I actually met DH when we were around 12/13. He lived in my neighborhood about ten minutes away (by bike) but went to different schools (District boundaries). We "remet" at my prom (I was with a co-worker of his and he brought his SIL's sister). (found out our grandparents knew each other!)

Engaged: 6 months

Married: 40 years this April!
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:26 AM
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Met on blind date.
Dated: 6 months
Engaged: 10 months
Married: 34 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:43 AM
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Went with a group of coworkers to to Las Vegas for the weekend.

Decided "let's get married"

Never dated

Married 32 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:51 AM
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We dated for 3 years before getting engaged. We were supposed to get married a year later, but postponed it for a year while my father recovered from an illness. Married 25 years next spring. And my father is still going strong!
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:22 AM
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We were engaged for 1 year and two days.
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:24 AM
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Dated 8 months
Engaged 11 months
Married 21 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:28 AM
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Lots of great stories here.

Starting dating the summer before my senior year of HS and his 2nd year of college. Dated for 5 years-my last of HS and 4 years of college.
Engaged in Dec of my senior year in college.
Married 6 months later right after college graduation.
We've been happily married for 42 years and retired together 16 months ago-just in time to spend Covid together and not working!
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:36 AM
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Met in college, dated 18 months before engagement, married 6 months later. Celebrated 49 years a couple of months ago.
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:41 AM
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Dated for 18 months.
Engaged for 11 years.
Married for 9 years, so far.


We were content being engaged, but my work health insurance was better than his so we got married. Very small, married in our living room by a friend who is a Justice of the Peace. 8 people including us.

I didn’t tell my coworkers, but one of them saw the license in the paper and asked me about it (in private). So the Friday before, I sent my team an email telling them our plans (I didn’t want them to find out from someone else, because we were pretty good friends). Not really thinking about it being April Fool’s Day, they all thought it was a prank
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:51 AM
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Dated 2 1/2 years, but that was broken up because DH was in the navy and shipped out some of the time.
We were engaged for 10 months. That was very common for the late '60s
We have been married 51 years.

I know we just hope it lasts!
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:00 AM
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I love reading everyone’s story.

My friend’s brother introduced us at a BBQ. Nothing happened.
Months later we were reintroduced at a pool party. My heart was a flutter!
Dated-16 months
Engaged-14 months (Trouble getting the church and reception hall lined up.)
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:00 AM
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DH and I were together for about 4 years and had a daughter together so we just went to the town hall one day and got married! No engagement there! We have been together 15 years.

My first DH and I started dating our sophomore year of college. We dated for 3 years, and were engaged for 8 months.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:44 AM
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Sadly, we do not remember meeting. DH was my brother's good friend beginning in (their) 8th grade. I probably met him when I was 12 and he was 14 or 15. I always thought he was cute.
We started (secretly) seeing one another when I was 15 and he was 17 nearly 18. We didn't tell my brother until he discovered us. He was fine with it.

We dated until I was 19 (so 5 years), and we got engaged and he moved in. He proposed on Friday the 13th. We were engaged 15 months, got married when I was 20 (2 months until my 21st birthday). In April we had our 35th anniversary.
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:23 PM
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Fun thread!

We met at a frat party in college when a friend and I were looking for beer (friend) and toilet paper (me). He was hanging out with friends in his room and gave us both, but asked me to bring the roll of TP back when we were done. It was a hot commodity in the house. Started dating a couple of weeks later.

Moved to Southern California together when I got my first teaching job, after dating 3 1/2 years. He proposed in February and we got married in August. Celebrated 19 years this year.
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We dated for 3 1/2 years
Old 10-17-2020, 12:38 PM
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We met during our high school years, although we didn't go to the same school. We got engaged after our second year in college. I was 19 and he was 20 when we got engaged. We were engaged for about 5 months before getting married. We've been married 45 years.
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:44 PM
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I've enjoyed each post.

Met on a blind date with mutual friends at church. We both felt completely comfortable with each other. We sat in his car in the church parking lot and talked for 4 hours!

Dated: 7 months Every chance we could see each other even tho work interferred many times

Engaged: 2 weeks

Married: 45 years this past March
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:53 PM
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Met in high school, hung with same crowd as friends
Dated after I graduated in '74
Lived together from fall of '76
Engaged Feb. '77 Valentines Day
Married Aug. '77 (celebrated 43 years)
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:35 PM
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We dated for 4 years and were engaged for one year.
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:22 PM
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Oh...I’m asking!!!! 15 days from time you met til married? This sounds like a terrific story.
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:38 PM
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And Sonoma, what’s the story there? Sounds like the start of a movie
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Old 10-17-2020, 04:09 PM
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Yep, quite a while and this COVID's not helping the matter!
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My husband and I were engaged for about six months. I was 27 and DH was 10 years older.
Last year we celebrated 40 years of marriage. Yay!
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Old 10-17-2020, 04:14 PM
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Met in November 1973 (he was my boss)
Started dating in July 1974 (I started college the next month)
Engaged in June 1978 (after graduation)
Married in May 1979 (Hence my screen name Marriedin79)
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Old 10-17-2020, 04:37 PM
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DH and I started dating in November and got engaged 13 months later. We were engaged for about 6 and a half months. We will celebrate our 28th anniversary next summer.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:06 PM
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Dated - 6 months
Engaged - 7 months
Married - 19 years (20 years in March)
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:53 PM
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Met in college(me a senior, DH a junior) dated 4 mo., engaged 5 mo. married 48 yrs. My DH is 14 mo. younger and we got married after my birthday and before his so it really looked like I was robbing the cradle. It was tough for me realizing I had to get a teaching job within driving distance so he could finish school. It worked and many years later we both retired from the same school.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:42 PM
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We started dating in December and were married in May. We never really had an engagement. No ring. We just decided mutually that we would get married. Neither of us asked. We just knew we would. We had a very small church wedding, only 26 guests. We are working on year 41.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:44 PM
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4 months

dated 2 years
married 29 years
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:00 PM
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Got engaged 10 months after meeting DH (we were 23 and 30) the day prior to our school staff Christmas party. We were engaged for 8 months and were married 36 years this past August!

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Old 10-17-2020, 07:34 PM
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These stories are so interesting!

I also realized that although we were sort of engaged (whichever date it might be), no one knew it. I didn't have an engagement ring and we didn't talk about it. So when we eloped (we did plan the elopement), it was a surprise to many people (and not to others). Dh actually did give me a ring (not even remotely an engagement ring- it was silver and turquoise) as we were driving to visit my family (his first time meeting them) and I wore it on my engagement ring finger and only my sister seemed to notice.

Although we have no idea when we started dating or when we decided to get married, we do both remember the night we met We disagree on what I was wearing, oddly enough. He insists it was some outfit that it clearly wasn't
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:15 AM
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DH and I dated for a year before getting engaged. We were engaged just over a year before our wedding.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:42 AM
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DH and I were part of a fundamentalist church that did not condone dating, so we were always in groups and never alone until we were engaged. We were engaged for 6 weeks - as the pastor encouraged quick weddings. Looking back, I wouldn't advise the situation...however, we have been married 35 years, so something worked.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:51 PM
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Sonoma, wait, what? You can't just leave it at that. (Well, I suppose you can, but ....)
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Old 10-22-2020, 06:54 PM
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Dating - 8 years
Engaged - a little over a year
Married - 6 days so far

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Old 11-07-2020, 12:06 PM
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Kim,

Nice! Good luck!!!!
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