Often times, women stay in relationships with men for years waiting to get that prized engagement ring.
But, how long is too long to wait for a wedding ring?
Well, it’s hard to say exactly how long each woman should wait for a proposal because every relationship is different.
The dynamics of one relationship may warrant a longer “waiting” period than others.
How Long Is Too Long To Wait For A Wedding Ring?
While it is difficult to put a cap on the amount of time that a woman should wait for an engagement proposal, I can say that waiting ten years should be out of the question for every woman!
In general, I believe that a woman shouldn’t stay in a relationship for longer than 3-4 years without being asked to get married.
If a man doesn’t know if he wants to marry you after 3-4 years of being in a relationship, the chances of him wanting to marry you after year 5,6, or 7 goes down drastically.
Many women stick around in relationships for years nudging and even nagging their boyfriends to settle down and get married.
But, you should never try to force a man to marry you!
What Do You Really Want?
If you’re just looking for any warm body to call your husband and you don’t care about the quality of your relationship, then by all means honey, “do you!”
But, if you actually want a marriage filled with love instead of resentment, then stop trying to chase men into marriage.
The truth is, every woman truly wants a man that feels strongly enough for her that she doesn’t have to shove the idea of marriage down his throat to get that fantasied wedding ring.
Know Your Worth!
Women, you have to remember your worth and know that your time is precious! Not every man is deserving of your time and certainly not half a decade or more of it!
You deserve a man that knows he wants to marry you well before 5 years into the relationship.
So, stop settling for less!
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Till Next Time,
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I really liked this article!! 🙂
Why thank you, Desiree! Glad you liked it!!
What about the man who is taking his time to start a business, get his finances together? There are couples who meet while in college, or fresh out of college, who wait more than 5 years?
Do you think that if a woman does put in more than 5 years with a man, and she does eventually get a ring, that it makes for a much worse marriage, as opposed to a woman who got a ring after 2 years of dating?
Not to mention the amount of time you actually spend together in 3 or 4 years could be equivalent to 8 or 9 months. Maybe they’re both busy with work, and/or children if they’re single parents. Maybe they only spend weekends together because the relationship is long distance.
These are just a few things to consider. I personally feel that a woman should know how long she wants to wait, and directly and honestly express that to the man once they commit to each other, or after several months of dating. Allow him to think about it, and give an honest answer as to whether he is on the same page regarding her timeframe, or not. Many woman make the mistake of never ever expressing to a man that they even desire marriage and children for fear of losing him. In these cases, it’s not his fault if he has not proposed. Typically, based on what I’ve seen and heard, all it really takes is a woman being confident, and assertive, and letting it be clearly known that she desires marriage and children, and at what point she wants it to happen.
That level of honest will usually garner an honest answer from the man, even if it’s not the answer that she wants to hear. “The truth will set you free.”
I definitely agree that women need to know how long they are willing to wait for a proposal and this is something they need to communicate to their partner as well. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment!!