ESSENCE Poll: How Long Should You Wait Before Marriage?

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Quick courtships happen often in Hollywood. Do you think couples should wait a certain amount of time before tying the knot?

Just three months after Glee star Naya Rivera ended her engagement with rapper Big Sean (who popped the question after six months of dating), the 27-year-old actress pulled the ultimate plot twist and married actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this past weekend.

Quick courtships aren't unheard of in Hollywood—Nick Cannon and Mariah eloped a month after dating, Monica and Shannon Brown got engaged and married within six months, Ciara and Future were engaged within the same year they started dating—but is it also a common practice for the rest of us?

Do you think couples should wait a certain amount of time before tying the knot or do you put all rules aside once you've found "the one."

QUESTION:
How long should you wait before getting married?
I have to know the person at least a year
33%
You can't put a clock on love
27%
It all depends on the situation
40%
Total votes: 727

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