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Jessica Simpson Is Engaged

Would You Get Engaged After Dating For Less Than a Year?

Jessica Simpson began dating former NFL player Eric Johnson in May, and last week he popped the question and she said yes, debuting her glitzy engagement ring at a mall appearance Saturday.

I've never been engaged, but I am very cautious about relationships. In fact, I'd be afraid to even speak of marriage unless we'd been together for three solid years. Married friends have told me, though, I wouldn't feel that way if it were the right person.

I still think a lifelong commitment requires prudence, and I almost never use that word, but what does unmarried me know? Would you get engaged if you'd only been dating for under a year?

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wenjotwo wenjotwo 6 years
My husband and I were engaged after one month of dating. We were married five months after our first date. We've been married ten years, so it can work for some people.
shreerose shreerose 6 years
Nope, don't rush it.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I wouldn't. Maybe if I was older, in my 30's, I would consider it, but not before that. People change a lot in their teens and 20's (brain is still developing and you're discovering yourself). If it's supposed to be a lifetime commitment, why rush it? My sister did this twice, divorced twice. She's going for guy #3 right now, they've been dating about 3 months and once the 2nd divorce is finalized, they want to get married. It works for some people, but your odds are better if you take the time to really get to know each other.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I think this varies from couple to couple. I married my husband five and a half years ago and we were engaged within 6 months of dating and married a little 6 months after that. We are happily married with a family now and have never looked back or felt that we rushed into anything. We were both in our late 20's when we got married, financially stable, and settled in our careers. My brother, on the other hand, met his wife in college. They were together 5 years before getting married, but they wanted to finish school, start their careers and lives before they got married so they took their time. I think there are too many variables to give a cut and dry answer to this question or to say one timeline is better than another. People are different, relationships are different, and life circumstances are different so each couple should do what works for them without judgement.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
Exactly 13! My husband stayed legally married to his first wife for 2 years after he moved out, to make sure she would be okay financially. They met while he lived in Russia and she moved here with him after they were married. He didn't want to leave her high and dry. Also, a big indicator for me is how he treats his mother, and their family dynamics. They say that after 10 years of marriage a man will treat his wife very similarly to how he treats his mother, with of course some differences. If it's true I am set for life! I've never believed that you marry the man, not the family. You get them all, and if you're close to his family it just cements your bond that much more.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I was, and its working for me so far, but nothing like this could be generalized.
katiekat95 katiekat95 6 years
Yes. My bf and I have been dating less than a year (ok...three weeks shy) but if he proposed tomorrow I would be the happiest! Maybe it helps that we've been friends for over 8 years!
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I don't know.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
No I wouldn't. Even if I knew it was right, there is no need to rush.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I think we can all point to people where it worked getting engaged quickly and some where it worked to wait. But who knows how long these couples will be together in the end? Are they divorced? If the answer is "no", it could just as easily be "not yet." If, God forbid, I ever get divorced I want to be able to have the knowledge that I didn't rush into anything. I wouldn't think to myself, nor could anyone else could point to me and say "well, you got married too quickly." But that's me!
Sarabear Sarabear 6 years
My parents were married after three months are still married 30+ years later. So it can work. To each his own.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
Why wait? If you know, you know. You never know, you may not be here tomorrow! We were married eight months after dating. In the 6 years since, we've had friends who were together longer than we were marry and divorce. Being together longer does not make a difference if it's the right person. For some people that deep connection comes quickly. Then again, I am not the type to ponder things for a long time. I tend to be pretty impulsive. My hubby is more stable, but every once in a while he gets this wild streak and we do something crazy. Now that impulsiveness is mainly last minute mini vacations or camping trips, but our son loves it! Keeps life interesting!
imLissy imLissy 6 years
My husband and I didn't get engaged until after we were together about two and a half years, but we both knew after only a few weeks that we were going to get married. When you know, you know.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
No, I would not. I agree with amber512 and lwimbush. Marriage shouldn't be rushed.
lwimbush lwimbush 6 years
no. even if it was the right person, what is the rush?
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
i did we were engaged just over 3 months after we met got married 6 months later married 13 years to each their own
marcied23 marcied23 6 years
i believe you know when you know.
stylinfabqueen stylinfabqueen 6 years
For me there's has to be a much deeper connection before I even think about marriage and that comes with time. I wish the best for her. I hope this is her last marriage.
amber512 amber512 6 years
No. I loved how much I got to know my husband before we got that serious. We dated for 2.5 years before getting engaged and then we were engaged for 1.5 years before getting married. It's certainly not something to rush into!!
lilegwene lilegwene 6 years
I don't think there is a set time that people need to be together to have a happy, healthy relationship.
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