If I could go back I think we would probably have waited a shorter amount of time." 10 years: "We started dating in high school and continued through college, so there were always a lot of other things going on.
Both of us valued our relationship, but wanted to accomplish other goals before making getting married a priority.
How long did you date your partner before he or she popped the question?
We also waited to get engaged until after we moved in together and had tons of conversations about what our family's life would look like afterwards including living, work, location, religion, traditions, and more.
A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.
Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage.
Ivory French casket with scenes of romances – possibly a courtship gift.
Courtship is the systematic process that one undergoes in order to ensure compatibility with a lifelong partner.