35 - but I'd been married 9 years at that stage. I knew he was a good man and that if I said NO I would be making a bad decision but I was not ready to get married. I spent my weeding day & honeymoon thinking WHAT HAVE I DONE?? but you know, 15 years on I believe I made the right decision and I have not got a reputation for doing that generally! We had been together 5 years before we got married. So 20 years this year. WOW! I don't feel old enough for that!!
Broke off an engagement to be with now wife in 1973 at 22 years old. Hardest thing I have ever had to do but we married in 1976 and have had a great time since (well most of the time). Agree with other posters about growing up together and married life being an adventure. I tell her all the time that the best thing I ever did in my life was to marry her.
First discussed permanency/marriage after about 6 months, informally engaged after a year, formal announcements after another 6 months, wedding 6 months after that (so about 2 years total). I was 26 when we married, 3xchildren in my 30s, still together.
Met at 20 (friends) Together at 21 Engaged at 22 Married at 23 First Child together at 24
We are fast movers and so in love that we couldnt imagine waiting to commit to each other. Whats the point in waiting silly amounts of time when you know that its right, one of us could get knocked over by a bus tomorrow! You have to grab love when you can.
I don't think there was a definite 'ready' moment for me either. It had been 10 years and I was in no doubt about whether we wanted to be together. It was just that when we decided to start a family we thought it might be sensible to get the legal paperwork sorted out sooner rather than later.
And there wasn't anything to be 'ready' for really. Life after marriage is pretty much the same as before
30, after 10 years together. It was about the same time we decided we wanted to try for a baby (which was the main reason for getting married really). We got married 3 months after deciding we wanted to.