I suppose many people won't understand, but anyway... DD is late twenties and has been with her lovely partner for two nearly two years, living together for six months or so. Not long after they got together she said they planned to marry, and that is still the plan. I had, stupidly, thought they would get engaged soon, but I am told there are no plans yet, maybe in another year. I am stupid to be disappointed, aren't I? I know, it's nothing to do with me and all that matters is that they are happy, but I had built up this idea in my head. Go on, put me straight...
You sound like my friends mom. Her and her boyfriend have been together since they were 16 and are now in their early 30s, and not engaged. They are both extremely happy with how their life is. Her mother however, isn't, and constantly drops hints to the point of embarrassment and it putting a bit of a wedge between mother and daughter.
Yes! If my mother was putting this kind of pressure on me I'd be freaking out. Why are you so fixated on it? Isn't it more important that they do or don't do what is right for them? I hope your daughter doesn't know how you're feeling!
Gosh no, I don't say anything! I just knew they were going to their special hotel for their anniversary, and I kind of hoped! They seem happy too and he is a lovely chap! I don't know why it matters. I'm ashamed to say I am envious when friend's daughters get engaged or married and I know that is WRONG, aargh!
I don't really see the point in being engaged - if you want to be married, get married. Just to put the wind up you - DH and I were together 10 years before we got married, and we never got engaged! (and we'd had DD in that time). Whereas I had done the whole trad thing in my mid-20s - engaged for a year, white wedding - and it lasted less than a year.
I would be disappointed if I didn't get to see them married because they eloped, but I am not greatly in favour of huge weddings; I suspect DD will want to go larger than I would choose, but it will be her choice. You are all being kind, I expected to be told to do one!
No, they aren't engaged if they haven't properly decided they are going to get married, it could be they've had a rough chat around it, but not actually asked and decided to get married.
In a lot of my parent's generation, they got engaged years before they actually started planning a wedding. Now it's far more normal to "get engaged" when one asks the other and then they start planning the wedding straight away.
Don't expect an engagement announcement until you think they are at the stage to get married, have they bought a house? Any plans for a big holiday? Probably other things they wanted to get sorted financially first before planning to get married.
Oh and from my friendship group, men started asking around 30, most brides were around 27-28. It does seem to all hit at the same time in a group, has she suddenly got a lot of weddings to go to? It tends to focus the mind once the first few start...