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Why Women Marry Late

Where and how does marriage fit in with our end goals?


There was a time in my life when I felt like it was a given that I’d have children. I never really considered that I had other options. But, as I grow older, I’m starting to re-think that. Like so many other women, I’m realizing that modern women have other choices, and the pros of marrying late are starting to outweigh the cons.

Why Women Marry Late

So much so, in fact, that the average age of women’s (first) marriage has been pushed back from the average age of 23 years old in 1981 to between 30 and 33 years old across Europe (in America it’s still only 27). Emphasis is placed on “first marriage” as we all know how marriages have become nowadays, that is, simply defined by a piece of paper that can easily be retracted in most territories. But that’s another story.

Case in point, recently wed Kate Middleton got married to Prince William at 29 years old, in great contrast to her would-have-been mother in law Lady Diana Spencer, who entered marriage at 20 years.

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Reader Discussion: 92 Comments

  1. Melissa Princeton

    The main reason why I don’t want to get married is children! I don’t want any. But the men I met that I would consider marrying all want children. What is my luck?!

    • Keep looking, and ask that question upfront. I’ve met men who don’t want kids. I’m sure you will too!

  2. Catherine Francis Meyers

    After witnessing 3 failed marriages of my mother, I am terrified to even consider marriage.

    • Remember: Just because hers failed doesn’t mean yours will! I know it’s scary, but if you are a good match for each other, it can be very life-enriching. I’ve learned this by looking at Hilary’s marriage. She and her husband help each other and are even better because of their partnership. They give me something to look forward to!

  3. Sure, it’s best to wait until you’re at an age you’re matured enough to take the serious commitment of marriage. But it’s also as important to do it with the right man. Just because your biologic clock is ticking you shouldn’t rush things with a man who you’re not sure of.

    • I totally agree! Otherwise, you’ll end up miserable and/or divorced before you know it!

  4. Camila Hilhorst

    I really couldn’t care less who married who at what age and how long their marriage lasted. If you meet the right person it will last. That’s all I know. And I hope I find the right person one day, doesn’t matter what age.

  5. I believe marriage isn’t unnecessary but it’s important to have a special someone in your life. Nobody wants to be lonely.

    • Right but just because you don’t wannabe lonely it doesn’t mean you should hop on board with the first man that comes along.

  6. Monica Collins

    We should all be glad we’re not in ’50s anymore. Back then women didn’t have half the freedom we now have in marriages. The housewife life is so not for me!

  7. Leah Helms

    Life does begin at your 30’s. Until my 30’s I was insecure, immature, emotionally and financially unstable girl who was attracted to all the wrong kind of guys. Now I’m more mature and confident, financially stable and most important I know what I want!

  8. What marriage? I feel lucky if I get a date twice a month haha ??

  9. Nicky Bryan

    The only reason why I want to get married is that I want to wear a beautiful wedding gown, and I want to have a dreamy fairytale wedding. But that can wait. 😉

  10. Kimberly Thompson

    Oh my… ? Reading the comments made me feel like we’re a “No To Marriage Club” haha But seriously, I think marriage is nothing but unnecessary paperwork. People can start and be a family without those papers.

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