Marriage factoid: The median age at first marriage in the United States has continued to rise in recent years from 27.1 and 25.3 years in 2003 for males and females, respectively, to 29.8 and 27.8 years in 2018.
So what might it mean that the average person is waiting longer to get married? Are they delaying nuptials because of, careers, fears surrounding commitment and/or loss of independence?
Or perhaps it is merely a lack of suitable prospects?
Or maybe folks stay engaged longer.
Because once you fall in love with that person you want beside you going forward there may be a long engagement for any number of reasons but for all practical purposes the connection has been made and the die is cast so to speak.
Because as Billy Crystal says to Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Here are couples who recently decided to start the rest of their lives.
Meghan Lauritzen, Allendale and James Zeldenrust, Fremont
Felicia Chapman, Sand Lake and Nicholas Rowland, Sand Lake
Walter Dean III, Grant and Stefanie Hunt, Grant
Donna Creekmore Fennville and Patrick Gallagher, White Cloud