Let's say you've been dating your SO for a while

RaynorWolfcastle

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Originally posted by: Hyperblaze
What is your general rule of the thumb to wait before popping the question?

I ask myself, "do I see myself spending the rest of my life with this person". Is there any other question that matters?
 

OutHouse

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general rule?? wtf?? i have only popped the question once and have been married for 17 years this coming Wed.
 

Sphexi

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Depends on your relationship. I've known my SO for about 7 years now, we've been serious for the past year and a half or so, I'm proposing this summer. Could be a short amount of time if the two of you are comfortable together, could take longer.

I'd say anywhere from a year to three years before you ask. If you've been friends for a long time before being in the relationship, shorter.
 

her209

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When you have absolute confidence that she is not just in it for the money.
 

ggnl

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If you're under age 21, wait until you are both at least 23. A young couple should be together at least 3-4 years before even considering it. There's just too much that can change when you're that age.

Older people (late 20's and older) can probably get by with a shorter courtship because most people are relatively stable by that point in their lives. I would still date for at least a year or two though.
 

JasonSix78

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Look at her mom and say to yourself "Can I put up with a woman like that in xx years?"

-Jason
 

iamme

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Originally posted by: JasonSix78
Look at her mom and say to yourself "Can I put up with a woman like that in xx years?"

-Jason

lol, nice :laugh:
 

CPA

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If you ask MichaelD, he'd probably say it's never a good time.

I asked after about a month.
 

KingPhil

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A buddy of mine had a good saying for you:

"Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free???"

:)
 

BCYL

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I don't think there is a general rule, you pop the question when you both are ready...

my gf and I have been dating for 9+ years, and we are still not engaged...