I Asked 24 College Women When They Think The 'Right Age' Is To Get Married

I Asked 24 College Women When They Think The 'Right Age' Is To Get Married

And what they said was a lot younger than you might think...


For about as long as every college woman can remember, she's been dreaming of her magical wedding day. As we all grew up, we kind of realized that we actually needed to be realistic about the cost of our wedding, who we'd be marrying (sorry, Jonas Brothers), and, surprisingly enough, when this wedding would take place.

Although we may have become slightly more level-headed in terms of not necessarily getting married at Cinderella's Castle, it turns out that we still have things pretty much planned out. We clearly still fantasize about our wedding day, and more importantly, just when the big day will happen.

Here is the "right age" of when you should get married, according to 24 college women:

1. "27"

"Post college, before your 30s."

2. "24"

"I think that's when I'd feel mature enough to make the lifelong commitment, yet I'd still feel like I can start a family and get going on building my life without feeling like time was an issue."

3. "26"

"Still very young to have time to be married for a years before having kids and still will be young and ready to run around with the babies. I'll hopefully be financially stable and in a mental place where I'm ready."

4. "25"

"It's a solid age where most people are done with school or have made solid ground in their careers, and it's old enough to have "lived" as an adult without being 'tied down.'"

5. "25 or 26"

"I want to get married as soon as possible, but I know that my boyfriend and I will need to save up money first."

6. "30"

"I say this all the time—but even if I meet the man tomorrow, I'm still waiting until I'm 30 to get married. Your 20s are arguably the best years of your life. When else in your life do you have so much freedom with so little responsibility? I want to take advantage of these years—I want to have the flexibility to take whatever job I want, to move wherever I want, to do whatever I want. I have the rest of my life to be married and to settle down. Why rush it?"

7. "27"

"By this time, I'll have my college degree and a steady job that will at least give me the ability to live without financially relying on anyone else."

8. "26-30"

"This sounds late, but in today's world it takes a minimum of 3 years to get a bachelors and most of the time 1-2 to get an associates. I would rather take care of myself instead having someone take care of me."

9. "24"

"Well it really depends on the individual, but I'd say that if you're in a healthy relationship long enough that 24 would be an early enough age to still be able to live and experience life with your partner."

10. "27"

"I'll be done with grad school and in the work force."

11. "There is no right/wrong age"

"When you know, you know. (Sincerely a soon to be 20-year-old bride)"

12. "32"

"Time to become yourself."

13. "23"

"I will be finishing college at 22 and would like to move in with my boyfriend immediately after. I think about marriage now pretty often because we have a loving healthy relationship that I see turning into marriage, however, I would like to wait until I'm finished with college and we are living together. I know that living with somebody deepens a relationship much further and I'd like to reach that point before getting married."

14. "26"

"At this age most people are certain of who they are and what they want in life."

15. "25"

"I want to be established in my career and have a bit more independence from my parents. I also want to have a few years after where I'm still in my 20s to have my first kid."

16. "25"

"I want to have graduated from college and have been able to start working and feel secure on my own before I get married."

17. "28"

"You've had your crazy twenties and have solidified a career, but you're still young enough to enjoy your marriage and wait a little to start a family (if that's your plan.)"

18. "27"

"Still young enough to look good in a wedding dress and wedding photos, but old enough to want to settle down and start your official adult life."

19. "30"

"I don't want to get married until I have lived a few years on my own with a stable job. I think not getting married in my 20s would allow me to decide where I want to settle long term, where I want to work, and allow me the chance to explore the world on my own before settling into a marriage."

20. "22"

No reasoning.

21. "25"

"I hope to have a degree and a stable job with resume experience at that point so I'll be self sufficient but still ready to settle down!"

22. "26-27"

"I'll have (hopefully) started my professional career, be done with student loan debt, and been with my partner for a good bit of time. If it happens before/after this age, it's totally OK! This is just my ideal."

23. "24"

"I've already been in a relationship for a long time so I'm more than ready to get the ball rolling. At the end of the day, marriage is just a title and only signifies love and exclusiveness. I feel like my boyfriend and I are ready for that title. Plus when you're younger you can still do fun things together like exotic vacations and concerts."

24. "26 or 27"

"I want to have kids before I'm 30, but I want to have some time to be married to my husband before we start trying!"

Although the results may disappoint our dads who have high hopes of us all waiting to tie the knot until we're in our mid-50s, college women are hoping that their significant other pops the question at an early-ish age. The majority of the college women asked said that either age 25 or 27 were the ages that they would most like to get married, while the average age among respondents was 26.

Most women evidently want to be married at an age where they are still young and can have fun with their partner, but want to be old enough to be certain that they are on their feet and mature enough to handle marriage.

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7 Essential Details To Remember When Planning YOUR Wedding

Because after all, it is YOUR damn day.


Recently I've been really struggling to figure out what to do for my wedding. This isn't because I don't know what I want, but because deciding anything ultimately effects someone. I decide I want to do it this year but this year doesn't work for Denise, so I could do it the year after, but Susie Q is going back to school and that conflicts with her schedule.

I could do a small, simple wedding, but my Grandma always wanted me to get married in a Church. Oh, what about a destination wedding? Well, that would work for a lot of people, but not Tiffany-she can't afford it…Becky has other obligations the only week my favorite resort is open in my dream year of getting married. Maybe a courthouse wedding? Yeah, I could do that…but my dad always dreamed of walking me down the aisle.

You see ladies-I'm freaking exhausted.

I'm exhausted trying to plan the wedding that EVERYONE ELSE BUT MYSELF wants me to have. I'm tired of having to justify why I want something to someone else. I'm tired of having to reason with people. I'm tired of feeling bad for not accommodating others.

I'm just mentally and physically exhausted planning my own wedding-something I really wanted to enjoy.

In times of frustration, I've scribbled down a few reminders to mutter to myself when things get a little chaotic. It's important in some way or another-we embed these thoughts into our minds because honestly? We deserve to be reminded, even if it's us doing the reminding.


It's weird we even have to tell ourselves this right? I mean we are the ones shelling out thousands, spending late nights planning centerpieces, and trying to find the perfect photographer. Sadly, yes, we have to remind ourselves because of a lot of people that know you close to you or not-will try to make it about them. ---It's your day. It's your day. It's your day.

2. Not everyone is going to be pleased with your decisions.

I'm a people pleaser. I thoroughly enjoy searching for ways to make everyone happy because I get insane anxiety from thinking anyone is mad at me. ESPECIALLY when it's someone I deeply care for. However, there is no way I'm able to get approval from everyone I really love. No matter what I decide, someone won't be able to make it, another won't like the dress, and someone else may be furious you're serving meat when they're vegetarian. YOU CAN NOT WIN, so stop trying to win for other people. Just win for yourself.

3. Whoever makes it about them is selfish.

It sounds harsh, I know, but ask yourself this one question: "Would you ever make THEIR day about you?" The answer is probably no. Me personally, no matter who it was my brother, best friend, or cousin-I would not make their day about me. Even if I hated the dress she chose, even if she picked a date that I couldn't make, even if my brother ran off to elope…It's their damn day-not mine. I would never make it about me because *drum roll *: it's not about me. If you're constantly double checking and worrying about people being upset by something YOU decided for YOUR wedding on YOUR day, then those people are shitty because they have made it about them, and that's extremely selfish.

4. The people who love you will be supportive with whatever you decide.

My fiance and I have decided on a destination wedding. There are a lot of reasons why, and ultimately it just ended up working the best for us. With deciding this-we knew a lot of people:

A.) Wouldn't be able to make it

B.) Wouldn't be able to afford it

C.) Wouldn't want to travel outside of the country

D.) Have other obligations that prevent them from attending

Never ONCE did we get angry or upset with anyone who straight up said-"Hey I know I won't be able to swing this." We get it, and it was just a risk we were willing to take. However, some people were still mad about our decision-even though it wasn't their decision to make. However, there are so many people that have been nothing but supportive, and that love and support have been something I'll never forget. For as many people that make it difficult for you, you'll have another handful who will make it a day to remember. There's always some silver lining in the mix at some point.

5. You DO NOT owe anyone an explanation or justification.

-Why have I felt the need to justify to friends, family, and my own bridal party WHY I'm deciding on something for my wedding? The last time I checked it was my wedding, right? Listen because this is super important: You don't need to justify anything you want for your wedding to anyone that isn't your fiance. You want it at a certain location-not anyone else's decision. Do you want to have it in the middle of the winter? Not anyone else's decision. Do you want to have the bridal party wearing cowboy boots with their dresses? NOT THEIR FREAKING DECISION. Stop feeling bad and explaining yourself for something YOU WANT TO HAPPEN on YOUR DAY! If you remember anything from this article-remember that.

6.  Life happens

Life is always unpredictable. There will be things that arise during your planning that you didn't anticipate. Though it's easier said than done, try not to let it alter your day or attitude. Some people you love won't be able to make it, your dream venue may be booked up the year you desperately want to get married in, a bridesmaid may drop out, and a caterer might screw up a dish. This shit happens, but your guests won't care one way or the other. As long as you don't let this ruin your wedding experience overall-everything will be okay…That's something I can promise.

7. All that matters at the end of the day is that you're married to the person you want to spend your life with

In all of the chaos that has already arisen (still pretty far away from my wedding) I have been telling myself from the beginning that at the end of the day I only really care about being the wife to the guy I love. Every time someone says something to hurt me tries to talk me out of something I feel passionate about doing or informs me of something intentionally meant to stress me out-I breathe, tell myself I'll marry a guy that I love, and move on with my business. I'm not saying it never gets to me, but the thought of spending my life with my fiance excites me more than these people's negative thoughts stress me out. At the end of all of this, you won't look back at your wedding and think of all the things you didn't like because you'll be too busy gleaming over the fact it happened. You're lucky enough to find someone you WANT to spend your life with, and seriously not everyone is lucky enough to say that. Though it's challenging, try to remember people are selfish, and not everyone has your best interest at heart. However, there are ALWAYS people that'll go above and beyond to make you focus on yourself, and I'm lucky to have some of those people apart of my special day. So when it gets stressful and yes it will get stressful…remember that you've got this. It's your day, and you can do whatever the hell you want with it.


The Bride-To-Be

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To My Future Fiance, If You’re Proposing To Me For The Instagram Content, Have Fun Posting A Video Of Me Saying ‘No’

Whoever you are, take notes for future reference.


OK, OK, he can propose to me in public, but if it's a grand event that has nothing to do with my character, then 100% I'm saying, "No, try again."

I hope that one day someone special has my heart and wants to spend the rest of their life with me. But I want them to really know who I am. Inside and out and all around. I'm not a showy person, I'm not into social media, and I don't want a 20-carat ring. There's nothing wrong with any of those things, but it's never been for me. It's just not me.

I'm never going to do anything because someone else or the general society thinks or says I should do it. I like to defy society and do what's best for me. Even if I do something that is acceptable by society's standards, I'm not doing it for them, I'm doing it for me. I always say, "If someone wants to get to know me then they shouldn't judge what they see, read, or hear, they should just say, 'Hi,' and we can go from there." I don't post something for others to see, I post it for myself. Because it makes me feel good. Because I impulsively want to.

So, I want my fiancé's initial feeling of complete and absolute love to be blurted out to me ASAP. You don't have to keep your passions hidden while you plan a huge fiasco with balloons and confetti and "Will you marry me?" clouds in the sky. I don't need that for you to tell me you love me.

My dream proposal would be us cooking and taste tasting dinner, dancing, and singing to our favorite song when you just pause to look at me and ask, "You wanna get married?"

Of course, I'd question if you're being serious or not, but if we've already discussed the future and our hearts are in the right place, I'd melt in your arms.

You're not proposing to me to show off our love to your Facebook friends. You're proposing to me because you want nothing else but me. If you want to plan something special afterward, go ahead. Thoughtful surprises make me feel so special, but make sure that it's planned for me.

My long-distance boyfriend recently surprised me with a visit by calling my parents to figure out just how to leave me open-mouthed. I realized how much I appreciated the planning and arrangement. No one has ever done that for me before and I won't lie, I loved it. I wouldn't mind a fun proposal. I would be eternally grateful for the thought behind it, but I want the initial question to be intimate, personal, and tailored for me.

At the end of the day, sure, the proposal can be out and about in public, but I want the focus to be us. Not just me or you, but our relationship and our future. I don't care if other people don't think you love me enough because the proposal wasn't a showstopper. I know how you feel about me and that's all that matters.

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